TRUCKSONG by Andrew Macrae
A dystopian science fiction novel about lost love, AI trucks and the search for meaning in a post-apocalyptic Australia.
A dystopian science fiction novel about lost love,
AI trucks and the search for meaning in a post-apocalyptic Australia.
In a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape dominated by free-wheeling cyborgs, a young man, Jon Ra, goes in search of his lost lover who has been kidnapped by a rogue AI truck – the Brumby King.
Before his final confrontation with the brumbies, Jon must learn more about the broken-down world and find his own place in it.
Jon is haunted by a strange man dressed in a coat made of shredded truck tyres. Crow seems to have the answers Jon is looking for, and turns up whenever there’s trouble.
But why does he appear to be getting younger each time he appears?
The brumby mob attacks the camp they are staying in, and Isa disappears, presumably kidnapped by the leader of the mob, the Brumby King.
Unlike the other trucks, which are vain and wary of scratching their elaborate paintwork, the Brumby King is proud of its damaged panels and it wears its scars like armour.
After the raid, Jon teams up with an independent truck called Sinnerman, which has its own reasons for hating the Brumby King.
The trucks have evolved to be able to share a symbiotic link with a human rider to harness their strengths.
Jon's quest to find Isa leads him to a final confrontation with the Brumby King.
Deep in the brumby lair, he must face his worst fears and come to the realisation that the only meaning to be made in a damaged world is that which you make for yourself.
Download the experimental version of the book that was produced as part of PhD in creative writing.
It features a distorted form of non-standard English to produce the effect of cultural and linguistic decay, mirroring the world of the novel.
Download an early version of the TRUCKSONG universe, which was published in Cat Spark’s AGOG! Ripping Reads in 2005.
Another early romp in the TRUCKSONG universe appeared in Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane, edited by Trent Jamieson, Geoff Maloney and Zoran Zivkovic.
You can order the book from the publisher, Twelfth Planet Press.
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