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Across the Rebel Network, by Peter Cowlam

Fiction Posted on Wed, December 14, 2016 12:00:27

Anno centres a federated Europe in an
uncertain, and not-too-distant digital future, when politics, the
media and mass communications have fused into one amorphous whole.

He works for the Bureau of
Data Protection (BDP), a federal government department responsible
for monitoring the full range of material, in all media, posted into
cyberspace. The BDP is forced to do this when rebel states are
seceding, small satellites once of the federation but now at a remove
from it, economically and socially. A handful of organised outsiders
threatens to undermine the central state through a concerted
propaganda war, using the federation’s own digital infrastructure.
It is this climate of mutual suspicion that to Anno makes inevitable
decades of digital guerrilla warfare. While his department takes
steps to prevent this, he doesn’t reckon on the intervention of his
old college sparring partner, Craig Diamond, who is now a powerful
media mogul. The two engage in combat conducted through cyberspace,
in a rare concoction of literary sci-fi.

Across
the Rebel Network
is published by CentreHouse Press and is
available in print format. Retails at all the usual places, including
Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Word Power Books, Barnes and Noble.



Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize? by Peter Cowlam

Fiction Posted on Wed, December 14, 2016 11:52:02

Winner
of the 2015 Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction. For Alistair Wye,
assistant to ‘top’ novelist Marshall Zob, Zob makes just two
mistakes. First, he plans a commemorative book celebrating the life
and work of his dead mentor, John Andrew Glaze, whose theory of
‘literary time’ is of dubious philosophical pedigree. Second, Zob
turns the whole literary world on its head through the size of
advance he instructs his agent to negotiate for his latest, and most
mediocre novel to date.

Secretly
Wye keeps a diary of Zob’s professional and private life. Comic,
resolute, Wye stalks through its every page, scattering his pearls
with an imperious hand, while an unsuspecting Zob ensures perfect
conditions for the chronicles satire.

Set in the relatively safe remove of London’s beau
monde in the early 1990s, Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize?
unremittingly debunks the phenomenon of literary celebrity.

The plot revolves round a researcher working through an
archive of computer discs, emails and faxes, and his own diary
recording his reactions to life in proximity of bookish heavyweight
Marshall Zob. It’s a roaring satire, in the best English comedic
tradition.

Who’s
Afraid of the Booker Prize?
is published by CentreHouse Press and
is available in print format. Retails at all the usual places,
including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Word Power Books, Barnes and Noble.