MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

I have just finished the last book in the Margaret Atwood MaddAddam trilogy consisting of Oryx and Crake, The Year of the flood and MaddAddam.

Cover of Oryx and CrakeCover of The year of the floodCover of MaddAddam

I’m feeling a bit bereft, as I am inclined to be when I have finished reading something that transports me to another place and time. Not that it is altogether a great place to be taken to – Atwood’s future world is grim, but it is also compelling and scarily realistic, as she states in her acknowledgements.

Although MaddAddam is a work of fiction, it does not include any technologies or biobeings that do not already exist, are not under construction, or are not possible in theory

Gulp … so pills called BlyssPlus – promising sexual ecstasy but delivering death instead, Nitee-Nite lived streamed suicides, misguided scientists capable of destroying humans and creating a new group of humans called Crakers, engineered to be free of violence and lust, destructive organisations such a CorpSeCorps that make Edward Snowden’s leaks about PRISM look like child’s play, combined with giant Pigoons and MoHairs complete with humanlike transplantable hair could all come about?  This adds another level to the idea of “Faction”!

Although Atwood is great on the science and obviously knows her stuff, thankfully her characterisation is just as good and I became easily embroiled in the lives of Zeb, Toby, Amanda and Ren – all of whom are fierce loyal survivors, alongside the quirky and oddly charming new humans the Crakers.  Although Atwood is obviously of a Green leaning, and I imagine doesn’t have a lot of time for genetically modified food for example, at the end of MaddAddam there is an amalgamation of the human and the genetically modified that gets us wondering – can the two work together?

Atwood is a great social networker.  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website which contains a link to a  video game that you read about in MaddAddam called Intestinal Parasites, with promises of more to come!

Slaymaker: High-class tailors and habit makers: 1902

View in our collection

It seems Slaymaker’s was one of the firms destroyed in the devastating 6 February 1908 fire in Christchurch city.

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

Art is on the street – experience SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE 7 – the splendid public art adventure – is coming to an end. You should take the chance to check it out before it goes if you haven’t already. And if you have, it’s definitely worth another look.

Here are some of my faves of this year’s crop:
t-OWN planning by Roslisham Ismail aka Ise – a nifty collage effect artwork that overlooks the Re:START Mall.
t-OWN planning by Roslisham Ismail aka Ise

Miranda Parkes’ Fielder on various sites in town.
Miranda Parks SCAPE

Though some art goes, SCAPE also gives us permanent pieces.
This year we have Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers by Julia Morison.
Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers

And other pieces of public art you can thank SCAPE for:

Phil Price’s Nucleus
Phil Price Nucleus - Manchester Street and High Street

Passing time by Anton Parsons
Passing time

Flour power by Regan Gentry.
Flour Power

Thanks to the SCAPE Public Art team. Not only have they brought brilliant art into the city, they have also put on a programme of educational events and have shown heaps of kids and adults around the public art of Christchurch. Onya SCAPE.