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About the Author

In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings his years of experience to each one of his novels. Every work is different. Through reading his novels, you can visit the American home front in the 1940s, a future San Francisco wiped out by a killer earthquake, a romantic love affair in post-war Paris in the 1920s, a future planet where the major industry is making babies -- or, coming in 2013, an exciting detective story set in 1930s Los Angeles. In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials -- and continues to write, write, write. Works featuring his byline include "The Babi Makers" -- a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" -- a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" -- a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" -- the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" -- a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" -- a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boat load of radio documentaries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481968254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481968256
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,700,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on July 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
The world of Nove may or may not be an imagined future earth, but some disaster has changed it from our present, and humanity lives in safely closed towns where well-ordered lives guarantee no crime and only the simplest of emotion. The writing's odd lack of sentimentality befits the story perfectly, inviting the reader into lives so simple and calm that we just know, there must be something wrong.

In a world where plants and animals have died, foods are constructed from proto-proteins in factories, but offer all the flavors and textures long lost. Unless you happen to be ridiculously rich, in which case maybe more is on offer, and a beautiful opening scene regales the reader with gastronomic splendors and surprise.

The topmost surprise is the sort of sting that leaves you wondering, surely not, and reading on to find out how this could be. Well-timed backstory provides the impetus as a teacher lectures his students. A rich leader pays the exorbitant fee to allow the birth and adoption of a child. The ordinary worker wonders why his female friend has fallen ill. A healer dies. And slowly the disparate characters of the tale come together while the edifice of perfect lives tumbles into denial.

Nove is a world where sexual pleasure is neither more nor less than its words, a kind hand offered, a drink, a hug, a coupling unburdened of regulation or effect, and desire turned into the "do no harm" pursuit of happiness. But harm, perhaps, is being done behind the scenes of this world. And The Babi Makers is an oddly disturbing and intriguing exploration of logic's illogical conclusions.

Not for the fainthearted, this is a novel that makes you think and leaves you thinking more. What would we sacrifice for love? And what for order, comfort, peace, and control?

Disclosure: The author gave me a free ecopy of this novel and asked for my honest review.
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I really like the book. I love sci-fi but but sometimes find it difficult to read because it is so out there it is hard to picture what they are saying or describing. I was able to really understand and picture everything the author was saying and describing in this book. Ok, eating babies is a little weird but it was creative and I have never read anything like it before. I would love to read more sic-fi from this author. Overall I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone!
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Sci Fi fans would enjoy this short story. I read it in one afternoon and was intrigued by the premise of a future where babies are repurposed for a nutrition source. A little strange but fun to read.
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