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The Rumours were True!

The Methuselah Strain, from FBP.

The Methuselah Strain, from FBP.

I told you yesterday about rumours that my publisher, Fantastic Books Publishing, was planning to issue the new, revised edition of my dystopian science fiction novella, The Methuselah Strain. Well, turns out those reports were true. Dan Grubb, the owner of the publishers, has just emailed me to let me know that the book will be available to download as an ebook from Amazon from midnight (BST) tonight. Sorry, but youโ€™ll have to search by author name or book title until I have a link for you โ€“ tomorrow.

So, what is the book about?

Finding a suitable life partner from the remnants of mankind isnโ€™t easy for Luce, especially when she discovers that near-perfect automation tempts many of her fellow human beings more than genuine flesh and blood.

On an Earth in the not-too-distant future, the Prime Renegade plans to disable automatic systems supporting a dwindling human population, creating the threat of chaos. She seeks a man to love her and to father her child. The usual route of genetically enhanced artificial insemination appeals to her no more than the materialistic, hedonistic philosophy that now drives most people. Bent on discovering a real man, she faces barriers even her intellect had not considered. Meanwhile, forces intended to serve mankind have developed a sense of superiority: might that ultimately threaten human survival?

Enjoy the read!

8 Responses to “The Rumours were True!”

  1. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack

    Hi Stuart,
    I’m going to read this. It sounds quite fascinating.
    And, I adore the title except now I have, Porgy and Bess, in my ears. I love my musicals and there is a wonderful line from the song, It Ain’t Necessarily So. The character, Sportin’ Life is defending his bad behavior and sings, “…Methuselan lived 900 years, but what good is livin’ when no gal will give in to no man what’s 900 hundred years…”
    I’d sing it for you, but I don’t think you’d hear me from NY ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Congratulations on the book and best of luck.
    annmarie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • stuartaken

      Enjoy the read, AnnMarie. The ‘Methuselah’ from the title refers to a DNA manipulation that allows the privileged human recipients the chance to live a very long time, like the Biblical character. I won’t tell you more – spoilers! – as you’ll find out for yourself when you read the story.


  2. Sally Ember, Ed.D.

    Mazel Tov, Stuart! Are you ready to come on *CHANGES*, soon? Openings in June and onward…. Would love to have you on! sallyember AT yahoo DOT com


    • stuartaken

      Sounds great, Sally. I’ll be in touch shortly for info. My schedule is a little tight at present and I’d prefer to give you my full attention for this!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sally Ember, Ed.D.

        It’s only an hour, and only a chat. Don’t overthink it! Check out my page on my site for the show and see if any of those OPEN dates and parameters work for you. Then, email me with your 2 choices.



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