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Alien Abduction - A Book Review
A Science Fiction Story - Who is Judging the Human Race?
'The Mobius Twist' is a science fiction story that has been written by an author who lives on Waiheke Island close to Auckland; just off the coast of New Zealand. His name is Markham Turner and you will probably not be surprised to hear that the location for the story is right there on the shores of the Island.
It is a story of young people embarking on a Kayaking holiday who get caught up in a Tsunami. It all sounds fairly familiar up to now, Kayaking in New Zealand even the Tsunami, typically the consequence of an offshore earthquake. These are all things that can be associated with New Zealand, but things take a sudden turn when you enter into the imagination of the author, alien abduction is only a few short chapters away.
Desperate to escape the Tsunami the group find themselves trapped at the bottom of a cliff face and, with time running out, the only apparent means of escape is to enter a tunnel at the bottom of the cliff. Intuitively you would think that going into an unknown tunnel with a Tsunami approaching is probably not the smartest of ideas, but with nowhere else to go, that's exactly what they do.
Needless to say once they enter the tunnels, they become trapped and their only apparent option to find a way out of the tunnel is to go further and deeper in. With very few provisions and little food their situation could be considered to be a little precarious. But as they advance into the tunnels they start to make discoveries, lights come on and the tunnel becomes quite comfortable. The group begin to think that perhaps they have stumbled into a military facility but then they start to discover technology and equipment that as far as they can tell is far more sophisticated and technologically advanced than anything they have seen or heard of before.
They then start to think that they may not be alone, perhaps they are even being observed, just like lab rats in an experiment. What they don't realise is that this is exactly the situation they are now in. Not only are they being observed, but they are also being manipulated and led deeper into the tunnels in return for small rewards.
There are members of the group that have secrets from their past life, have been victims at the hands of their fellow humans and now they find themselves isolated from the rest of mankind deep in underground tunnels that has technology that they cannot even begin to understand or explain how it works. Perhaps it this bizarre situation they find themselves in , the feeling of being under threat or their past experiences that prompts them to participate in what they call a group marriage, or a group orgy as most people would describe it.
This is not the first time they will participate in unusual behaviour or what many people would consider inappropriate behaviour, but what they don't actually understand, at this point, is that they are being judged by a superior race of highly intellectual aliens, and that they are about to be abducted by the aliens and taken away from earth where they will become the representatives of the human race. Depending on how they perform, in an alien controlled experiment, a decision will be made to determine if the human race is worthy of its place as a universal life-form or whether it should be destroyed and all traces of the existence of mankind removed forever.
Markham Turner's science fiction story asks some big and philosophical questions and a few kids, some from abused backgrounds and with a less than perfect start in life, need to come up with the answers. But are they up to the challenge, how do they respond, will they simply buckle under the responsibility or become the conquering heroes that save the human race?
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Who is Markham Turner
Science Fiction Writer
A third generation New Zealander, Markham Taylor lives and writes on WaiHeke Island in New Zealand. He has a unique and quirky writing style that often transports you back to the 1960s but also asks some very big philosophical questions about the present day behaviour of the human race and how it might be viewed should some alien life-form stumble upon us.
He left school in 1947 and indentured as a cabinet making apprentice, later he worked in carpentry making furniture in New Zealand and Australia. He enlisted in the army in 1959 and served in Malaya from 1959 - 61 at a time when the Malayan Emergency was coming to an end. He also participated in the celebratory march through Kuala Lumpur when the "Emergency" did finally reach a conclusion.
Under the jurisdiction of his loving wife, Louise and their poodle Princess Xena, he practices the art of novel writing and still enjoys a little wood carving. Lovers of travel Markham and Louise pursue their joint interest of visiting exotic destinations and clearly Markham draws on his travels and past life experiences to fuel his novels.
The Mobius Twist is number two of three novels written by Markham and the only one concerned with the science fiction genre. His other two books The Voice of the Tiger and Cages of Smoke are both military adventures set in the Far East.
Not that Markham shies away from the big questions in those books either, as you read you find yourself questioning why nations end up fighting wars, intervening where they perhaps shouldn't and whether anything is ever really accomplished as a result of military intervention. He certainly seems to have a knack for making his readers think about what they are reading.
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Science fiction is actually science fact and I absolutely love it. Star Trek to Star Wars and Doctor Who, I love it all!
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