Welcome to a world of four genders. A dystopian science fiction novel that explores the nature of gender and sexual conflict, in a future utopia engineered by the union.
Society has been revolutionised by gender control and the technologisation of man and woman. In a future where a biochemical weapon has removed the skins of the population, the rulers hunt for the beautiful ones, those men and women who still have skins.
The union is the new government, a faceless body of politicians who were behind the order to use the weapon that backfired on them, leaving them skinless. In the glass citadel, the new utopia, where the only surviving humans with skin are placed, they recreate the world of gender by offering humans four types of robot with which to have relationships.
All the humans are placed in relationships with machines, apart from Gerald, who appears to be a spy for the union and is filming the humans, and Elliott, a robot programmer.
The union watches it all, political voyeurs in a totalitarian state of enforced sexual ecstasies.
Humanity falls into four categories…
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!!
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Aged 17. I had been studying Carl Jung and his theory of the archetype ad it inspired me immensely, from there after reading Crime and Punishment there was no stopping me as I realised that great writers express our deepest most private concerns in poetic language that surround axioms and they explore the human condition, our eternal quest.
- What inspired you to write this book?
The entropic breakdown in our culture by the age of mass surveillance and its ensuing voyeurism. The need to study and explore artificial intelligence. We live in an era of mass totalitarianism at a pernicious and unseen level that uses technology to hide its political agenda and manifesto.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Four genders meet in an ideal word that is a dystopia and more sexual conflict than you can imagine ensues. We have a lot of talk about sex and gender but just imagine four genders, really and it is a distinct possibility right now.
- What are you up to next?
My next novel, Insincerity is out in June, and I am writing a new one, a great Noir novel.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, Locked In Cages, Crystal On Electric Acetate, The Glass House, Android Love, Human Skin, and Insincerity.
His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child.
He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. He also teaches creative writing at University and workshops.
You can find out more about him at his website www.richardgodwin.net , where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.
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