In the era of "the big squeeze" - when an environmentally ravaged Earth groans beneath the weight of twelve billion people - two men control the destiny of humankind. One was recently senile...the other is going insane. Author George Turner, whom Ed Bryant calls "the best-kept secret of contemporary SF," is rapidly becoming a major force in the field of speculative fictionIn the era of "the big squeeze" - when an environmentally ravaged Earth groans beneath the weight of twelve billion people - two men control the destiny of humankind. One was recently senile...the other is going insane. Author George Turner, whom Ed Bryant calls "the best-kept secret of contemporary SF," is rapidly becoming a major force in the field of speculative fiction. His previous novel, BRAIN CHILD, was greeted with overwhelming critical acclaim, and was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. And now he storms into science fiction's front ranks with a chilling look at an all-too-possible future. In the year 2069, with the Earth's population dangerously out of control, procreation and the medical treatment of terminal illness are the two most heinous crimes against society. But behind the doors of the top secret Biophysical Institute, an old man has been illegally cured of the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and made artificially younger - to serve the unspecified purposes of Premier Jeremy Beltane, one of the world's most powerful leaders. A member of the underprivileged "Wardie" class, Detective Sergeant Harry Ostrov has been assigned to serve as a guardian to the mysteriously rejuvenated nonagenarian - and entrusted with a devastating secret that could topple the unstable "Minder" government. But once within the confines of the Beltane family enclave, the dedicated police officer is dragged deeper and deeper into a lethal mire of scandal, corruption, political outrage, and moral dilemma - sworn to silence even as he observes his nation's ruler, a man ultimately responsible for the future of civilization, descend steadily into depression, uncertainty...and madness. George Turner's new novel is a prescient and provocative vision of tomorrow...and a gripping exploration of right and wrong in a doomed society fearfully awaiting the inevitable fall of the final fatal axe....
|Title||:||The Destiny Makers|
|Number of Pages||:||321 Pages|
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The Destiny Makers Reviews
I am so pleased to have discovered Mr Turner. His is a unique voice and his vision is conveyed with stark clarity. I would not casually recommend his books to people but if you've gotten as far as reading this review, it's likely The Universe wants you to read it! He is a genius at creating a tone, a mood in the world he writes about that does more than explains things...he makes the reader feel it. And what I feel is the sharp despair at the consideration of the State of Hunankind on the Planet. This book in particular, forced the reader to admit things that are generally stored in the back of ones mind. The massive class divide. The exponential population growth.
This is the second book by this Australian author that I've read. He set both stories in the near future in his homeland- that by way of telling giving you the frame. The picture is a bit grim- and soon to be a lot grimmer.This is one of the only science fiction books that I've ever thought could actually become a reality...not literally, but it deals with the problems engendered by an exploding world population in a world of limited resources. It views this problem through the eyes of the general populace and then by the political forces that are forced to actually do something about it.Mr. Turner writes in a very interesting fashion and is quite psychologically insightful. The politics of scarcity wouldn't normally interest me, but his account of this does. After I read it, I checked the world population trends on the Internet to see if anything had curtailed our ever-growing populations, and the answer, briefly, is no. Various world clocks that watch its growth were informative also.Good for Mr. Turner to take on such an important, and frightening, topic.
The Minders are the elite, the administrative and governmental class. Wardies are workers, though some are thinkers too. It's the precursor to Turner's other works, the time when the earth is overwhelmed, maggots breeding and consuming all until there's scarce to survive. It's the time before the collapse, and the decisions, actions and attitudes that precipitated the end.
On an overburdened Earth an old man is cured of Alzheimer's and is being guarded by Detective Sergeant Harry Ostrov who is a member of the under-priveleged class. As he guards the man he learns of scandal and corruption.
The author's middle name is not "Page."