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2025. Suicide is rampant, people are gasping in the streets, and planes fall from the sky. Medicine and technology can reverse the course, but humanity can’t seem to rally. By chance, a young Kiwi chemist stumbles across evidence that suggests that gravity and the air, indeed consciousness itself, are responding to a dispiriting force. But who – or what – is directing this energy? And can the mystery be solved before humanity sinks into the abyss?


“VO Blum’s DownMind is ... a rewarding novella ... Blum sure packs much intriguing fact and entertaining fiction into a small space. Like any good sci-fi, what starts as an improbable artistic idea starts to develop its own weight and credence. Although the concept is never truly believable, by the end you are left thinking: hmmm, what if?” – Michael Larsen, The Listener

“Recommended.” – Auckland Libraries

DownMind gnaws away at our (Western) affection for and stubborn loyalty to the res cogitans, the ideal of the sovereign, rational, skull-encased, autonomous mind ... Combines dark with light in ways that are simultaneously disconcerting and entertaining: playful wit and a strong sense of historical gravity are the twin faces of this Möbius strip.” – Dr Luke Goode, Media Studies, University of Auckland

DownMind is ‘a measurement of collective mood’ in the Science Fiction Pacific. Cognitively estranging, richly imagined, and splendidly paranoid, its vision of ‘contagious hegemonic despair’ works its way into the mind and settles there.” – Dr Dougal McNeill, lecturer in literature and technology, Victoria University of Wellington

“Serious novels are grave. Humorous novels are droll. To weave the two together as DownMind does – environmental tragedy, political comedy, psychology and history – surpasses fiction. It becomes art.” – Dr Peter S Field, Assoc. Head of School of Humanities, University of Canterbury

DownMind takes a serious view of the future, something we don't see nearly enough of these days … Blum gave me an idea or two to think over, and that's what this novella is really about. Read it for the ideas, some of them will blow your mind.” – Jacqui Smith, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steam Press (24 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FFGOVC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,171,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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