My people are dead. I can’t live the life I want but must scavenge in the ruins of Capetown for rats, insects and old tin cans. Twenty-nine mouths demand food from my hands, including Philani, who has appointed herself my wife.
We were once the most numerous people on Earth, the Khoisan of Southern Africa. We roamed our desert homeland sucking sustenance from a land that had none to offer.
Now the Gaians have extended their great zoo to the shark-infested edges of this continent. Their robots chase me. They want to kidnap me and experiment on me. They need my DNA to develop a new plague, one that will kill the remaining few thousands of humans that survived their dozens of prior plagues.
Hold on! No, that’s not me talking. That’s Onder Swart, the protagonist of my new liberty-themed post-apocalyptic science fiction novel.
I’m writing Human Free “live” on WattPad over the next couple months in order to dramatize the importance of liberty and human rights in the world. I’m posting new chapters a few times per week. You will get the whole book for free.
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The Gaian Devolution is saving the planet. By exterminating the people. But global warming is only getting worse and technothrope Chairperson Flora B. Harper is out of solutions.
Onder Swart is the last Khoisan in the Southern Africa Exclusion Zone. He wants to return to his homeland and live a natural life with the ragtag gang of children survivors he’s collected. But the Gaians have declared it a human-free animal preserve. Their robots patrol its borders with deadly force.
Onder meets Astrix, an ailing visitor from the forlorn genius gulag that is Space Station Independence. They work up a scheme to seize control of the Gaian System and free both their peoples. But the Gaians are using Onder’s epidemic-resistant DNA to complete their master plan and wipe out all humans with their worst plague yet. There are no guarantees and anything can happen.
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