From the list on believable British stories set in the near future.
Who am I?
Writing my eighth novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, I had to move the story into the future in order to explore the topics I was trying to understand. I think through writing: sometimes I feel it is only through writing that I really engage with the world. Work on Jessie Lamb entailed a lot of scientific and future research, and after that I read more and more future fiction, with an increasing appetite for the work of writers who are really interested in exploring where we are headed as a species, and how we might try to survive the damage we have inflicted on the earth.
Jane's book list on believable British stories set in the near future
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Why did Jane love this book?
I’ve adapted a lot of books for radio, and The Chrysalids is outstanding among them. It’s a gift for radio, as radio is the one medium where telepathy can be convincingly portrayed, by a simple change of acoustic effects.
I loved it before I adapted it, for the clear and engaging first-person narrator, and for the brilliance of its story; genetic mutation has devastated the world, and mutants are ruthlessly hunted down and destroyed. Then a group of children is born with telepathic powers - in the eyes of their families and friends, yet another kind of mutation. But for the children, a power that fosters community and hope.