HG Wells’ The World Set Free foreshadowed the advent of nuclear weapons. George Orwell’s 1984 revealed with eerie accuracy the coming age 24/7 public surveillance. And in Margaret Cavendish’s 1666 work The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World she introduces the concept of undersea vehicles – some 200-odd years before Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. Speculative fiction remains the intersection where the fanciful becomes the future-factual. These are the writers daring to imagine what comes next.
A world beyond hope. A girl with a secret. One chance for survival. The Passage meets Mad Max in this stunning debut.
Meet Ice Cream Star: the spirited fifteen-year-old heroine of this mind-poppingly inventive post-apocalyptic adventure story and parable of modern America
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD
VINTAGE FUTURE: Revolutionary imagined futures to explode the here and now
New to Penguin Classics, Lewis's 1935 bestseller about a demagogue who becomes president of the United States is 'frighteningly contemporary'.
This special edition of A Clockwork Orange restores the text of Anthony Burgess' novel as he originally wrote it, and includes a glossary of his teen slang 'Nadsat', pages from the original typescript, explanatory notes, interviews, articles and reviews, shedding light on the enduring fascination of the book's 'sweet and juicy criminality'.
In the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to appease the needs of the Party.
America, fifteen years after the end of the Second World War. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese.
Savage and apocalyptic, this is the new world.
Learn about extraordinary figures in Australia's history in this picture book series.