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  • Published: 27 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784163693
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $35.00

A Brief History of the Future



The hilarious first novel by the bestselling author of A Year in the Merde.

What if teleportation was really possible? Englishman Richie Fisher is about to find out ...

Richie and his wife Clara have won a weekend in New York in a newspaper competition. While Clara is off blowing their spending money, Richie wanders aimlessly, chewing on a veggie-burger, ending up in a gift-shop where he finds himself standing in front of an instant transporter machine. It looks nothing like the open-plan teleporter on Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise; in fact, it seems more like a glorified microwave oven.

Richie places his burger inside, hits the return key on the linked-up computer - and the burger disappears. But if he can teleport a half-eaten veggie-burger, what else could you do with the machine? For criminals, the possibilities are endless. Who could catch you if you beamed drugs into nostrils a hundred miles away? And how much would illegal immigrants pay to be teleported into the rich host country of their choice?

Richie buys a teleporter and takes it back to England, where the chaos begins ...

  • Published: 27 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784163693
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Stephen Clarke

Dr Stephen Clarke is a history graduate of the University of Otago and the University of New South Wales. His long-time interest has been the social and cultural impact of war on New Zealand society with expertise in the observance of Anzac Day. After two years as Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Dr Clarke joined the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association in 2001 to work on national projects and later public relations. As Chief Executive he led the strategic transformation and rebrand of the RSA between 2008 and 2013. This was followed by a year at the Royal British Legion in London, where as the first Head of Remembrance he oversaw the start of the First World War Centenary programme. He is an independent historian and founding director of Making History Ltd.

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