A century on: sea levels have risen, the weather is lethal, and AuZtralia is a lot more complicated.
Andaman Marko lives in the Jointly Administered Territory of Capricornia – a new homeland for millions of climate refugees from Asia. Marko is a playboy by day, fraudster by night: making millions of $New by decoding corporate and diplomatic komms to illegally trade on the markets.
Then, in a society where prolonged peace and stability is enforced by AuZgov through mass surveillance, eugenics and political engineering, a bomb explodes and Marko and his mysterious girlfriend, Flick, flee north from unknown enemies to the climate ravaged badlands of Cape York Peninsula.
Marko leads both assassins and his guardian angel, Dr Madrigal Phipps, in a wild pursuit through a world where the peace is cracking apart.
This is a blistering thriller crammed with action, revenge, future politics, crazed characters and some very bad weather.
"Dystopia is no longer enough – we need writers who can imagine ways to survive and repair our damaged futures. In ‘The Capricorn Sky’, Colly Campbell brings his real-world knowledge of politics, social structures and the intricacies of human interaction together to create a compelling, convincing story that takes us off the beaten path and into a very plausible far-future Australia."
Jane Rawson, author of From the Wreck
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About the Author
Once in Australia’s deep tropical North, Colly Campbell was a both a journalist and sometime playwright, actor and musician. In 1996 he moved to Canberra with his family and worked as a media and policy adviser in the Senate for the Australian Labor Party including Opposition Leaders and latterly for the Minister for Defence. Colly was closely involved in many Senate committee inquiries, governance reforms and multiple Federal election campaigns. He was also, for a time, Communications Director at the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Pacey crime and speculative fiction intersect in Colly’s Venn diagram of imagineering, and having worked around Government and traveled all over Australia, the future holds an endless fascination and concern.
Over the years he has published short stories, written and produced theatre and used the knife block of poetry to sharpen his language. He is now a full time writer.
The Capricorn Sky is his first published novel. The sequel, The Kyoto Bell, will follow in late 2020.