Newspaper article about the second Diaspora novel. Dated – Tues 6 March 2018
Mparntwe, the new book from Healesville Author Peter Wood.
Story of sci-fi adventures
By Derek Schlennstedt
Healesville resident and freelance Author Peter Wood has followed up his book Attunga with a prequel called Mparntwe.
The book predates Attunga by 100 years and Peter said that while there are small references to his previous book anyone is able to read and understand it.
The aptly called Mparntwe, aboriginal for Alice Springs is set in Central Australia and follows two protagonists, Jarra and Mirrigan, both who have disabilities that complement one another.
“It’s a mainstream sci-fi adventure story … The basic story behind it is how the very first independent AI comes into being,” said Peter.
“There is a disability theme which is very different to the first book. It’s very positive and gentle, because Jarra has a brilliant mind but his body is very limited, but Mirrigan is exactly the opposite to him.”
Mparntwe describes how these two young friends change the world for the better with their involvement in the development of the first benevolent Artificial Intelligence.
In the book there is a gentle treatment of disability involving both the characters, Jarra and Mirrigan, and as per his last book Peter draws on his vast experience of travelling Australia.
Many of the boys adventures are based in distinctly Australian settings – the outback near Alice Springs, and the Grampians range in Western Victoria.
The heart-warming tale follows the two boy’s adventures as they face hostile forces of power and greed who want to control the first artificial intelligence, who both of the boys befriend.
Together said Peter they will influence events which will ‘change the world’. To find out more about the book visit https://diasporatales.net/