Closer Than You Think by S.A. Barton





Published December 24, 2016 by Smashwords Edition


Writing dystopian fiction in this day and age poses many challenges, not the least of which is this: how do you keep up? Many of the dystopian premises we see in literature are already popping up in the news — in some form — and often, as Lord Byron famously observed, truth is stranger than fiction.

That was my reaction this week when the media revealed, not for the first time, that employers are microchipping workers. (One of my dogs has a microchip. But if I hired someone to work for me, I would trust them not to wander off and get lost.)

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Indie Spotlight: The Tide by Anthony J. Melchiorri


The Tide

Series: The Tide #1

Kindle Edition, 393 pages

Published: October 11, 2015 by Thunderbird Media (1st published September 2, 2015)


Captain Dominic Holland, seasoned covert operative and father of two girls, is sent on an unusual mission by his CIA handler, Meredith Webb. With his crew of skilled warriors and brilliant scientists, he investigates a lead into a secret laboratory on an abandoned oil rig. Nothing in his background, a lifetime of international missions to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare, has prepared him for what they encounter.

(Warning: Mild spoilers in the rest of the review. So I’ll cut to the chase — this book is terrific :-)…Proceed at your own risk.)

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28 Days Later (2002)

28Written by: Danny Boyle

Directed by: Alex Garland

Setting: England

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

When several well-meaning activists break into an experimental lab to liberate the chimpanzees, they unleash a mysterious, incurable virus that provokes mindless rage in its sufferers and quickly decimates the population.

Victims of the virus essentially become undead, but they are not the slow, shambling zombies of Night of the Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead. They are fleet-footed and driven by uncontrollable fury.

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood



Series: MaddAddam #1

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published: March 30, 2004 by Anchor (1st published 2003)

Setting: Future North America

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2003), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2004), Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2003)

Snowman lives a life of solitude, struggling, from day to day, to survive. The world has been decimated by global catastrophe and drastically reshaped by climate change and unchecked genetic engineering. As far as he knows, Snowman is the sole survivor of the original human race.

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Disconnect (2012)

dWritten by: Andrew Stern

Directed by: Henry-Alex Rubin

Many years ago, I was a young mother with a spirited four-year-old and a newborn son. My husband and I had recently discovered the “Information Superhighway.” Equipped with the noisy dial-up connection that was then the height of technology, we ventured into cyberspace.

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Indie Spotlight: Prescient (Book 1) by Derek Murphy



Kindle Edition, 152 pages

Published: April 1, 2016 by Urban Epics

Setting: New Jersey


Alicia’s quotidian life — filled with high school, spending time with her best friend and widowed father, and contemplating her unrequited crush — is derailed when seemingly harmless drug experimentation catapults her forward in time. As a time traveler in the near future, she enters a terrifying post-apocalyptic world.

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Paperback, 288 pages

Published: July 5, 2012 by Corsair (1st published January 1, 2011)

Setting: Futuristic London


In a future London, in which our society has been decimated by wars between the Arabic world and the West, the affluent have their children genetically improved. Doctors modify the DNA of their offspring to ensure physical attractiveness, intelligence, and athletic ability. Disabilities and illness have been virtually eliminated among the more privileged classes.

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