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Antpods are organic androids that have armoured plates covering their protective inner suits. Antpods crash landed onto the barren desert planet of Exolonn. During the crash all antpods lost their memory of the past…
Ninety-seven years later antpod society is a well-developed hub of trading and activity, governed by Command. But all is not as it seems. A Spy War rages, where powerful political organisations compete in a game of espionage and carry out hits on their rivals. But now things change. A new turmoil suddenly approaches as agents carry out massacres and terrorist strikes. They inflict massive civilian casualties that threaten to start a war. But what is the motivation behind these attacks?
Mase is an eccentric female antpod who lives alone in her own apartment in Gosper Town. She spends her time immersed in her own world of possessions. Because of her obsession she is isolated and detached from her kind. One day she witnesses a massacre opposite her apartment, and becomes the target of hostile agents. Mase goes into hiding, seeking help from the powerful organisation called the ACPI. But Mase can’t hide forever. Not only is she in danger, but her family, her friends, and her fellow antpods are in need of salvation. Mase must fight back to survive against the odds. But how will she succeed?
The Antpod Faction is a speculative science-fiction adventure story centred on Mase, whose social differences and peculiarities resemble a form of high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome. The Antpod Faction is an allegory for the human condition, seen through the perspective of Mase, who is different and represents a force for change because of her unique blend of talents and weaknesses.
Alex James is a science fiction and fantasy author who has Asperger Syndrome, and whose writing focuses on the themes of alienation and empowerment, which give unique qualities to many of his characters. He writes about these themes because they are familiar to him.
For his first novel, The Antpod Faction, he was inspired by a condition he has called Asperger Syndrome, which is a lifelong condition that can affect the way a person communicates and perceives the world. The Roc Isle series was inspired by author R Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing trilogy because of the war, military, and dark fantasy elements that were worth exploring.
Alex James is currently working on science fiction superhero and fantasy adventure stories.