The Cicada

By Inge Meldgaard

Sci-Fi, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


Following the devastating effects of climate change, famine, disease, and nearly two hundred years of war, by the year 2450, the world has finally enjoyed two centuries of peace, while the population of the planet has stabilised at three billion. One central government, the World Federation of Nations, administers the judicial needs of all nations through its General Assembly and funds scientific research dedicated to restoring the planet's fragile ecosystems. At a principal research facility, located in Melbourne, Australia, a scientist is assaulted and vital data stolen. Almost simultaneously, four other facilities around the world are similarly compromised. After a series of shocking murders, Federation investigators realise they are dealing with a dark conspiracy that stretches across the globe. They enlist the support of the scientists and their sometimes capricious cats – mysterious creatures bred in special centres.


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Following the devastating effects of climate change, famine, disease, and nearly two hundred years of war, by the year 2450, the world has finally enjoyed two centuries of peace, while the population of the planet has stabilised at three billion. One central government, the World Federation of Nations, administers the judicial needs of all nations through its General Assembly and funds scientific research dedicated to restoring the planet's fragile ecosystems. At a principal research facility, located in Melbourne, Australia, a scientist is assaulted and vital data stolen. Almost simultaneously, four other facilities around the world are similarly compromised. After a series of shocking murders, Federation investigators realise they are dealing with a dark conspiracy that stretches acr...


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When the idea of writing a book first occurred to me, I wanted to write a substantial story set in Melbourne, Australia, where I live, and which, although essentially science fiction, also contained a crime mystery and featured very special cats. Another theme I wished to develop was that of a more positive view of the distant future (25th century), while capturing the possible effects of environmental and other disasters during the intervening years between now and then. Finally, I felt it important to include a certain sense of humour, which would primarily be provided by the cats. So, although this is a serious book, with a serious subject, I have done my best to make it highly readable and entertaining, as well as informative.


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When the idea of writing a book first occurred to me, I wanted to write a substantial story set in Melbourne, Australia, where I live, and which, although essentially science fiction, also contained a crime mystery and featured very special cats. Another theme I wished to develop was that of a more positive view of the distant future (25th century), while capturing the possible effects of environm...


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