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Spiderworld by [Bunning, Richard]
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Length: 303 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Not even the time-lord, Orlando Oversight, knows everything. But speculation can turn into a real future, and the Lush Star system, where spider-like beings treat humans as we do animals, isn't so very far in the future.
Do Jack Baker, the self-styled 'Spartacus', and his followers have a chance to become more than meat and slaves? Will Athalie have the life she hopes for with her hero? And will the 'spider' Boklung hold his business together while funding and organising the Arcraft's voyage across the Milky Way?
Spiderworld is another of Richard Bunning’s quirky, speculative, science fictions. Other sentient life forms are out there, planning their own strategies for survival. Other sentient species also run short of space and time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1372 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AIA Publishing (15 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if an advanced alien race came to earth then look no further than Richard Bunning’s novel, Spiderworld. He has created a world that feels so real, so plausible that sometimes you’ll forget you’re reading fiction and wonder if you’ve slipped into a worm-hole into the future and stumbled upon a recorded account of real historical events. From the very beginning of this novel, the author’s innovative creativity is evident in the opening dedication to other famous arachnids, and the guiding, limited omniscient, first-person narrative of the time-lord, Orlando Oversight whom speaks through the author while he is in a transient state. The author has created a whole new world with an inter-species hierarchy of giant spiders who have enslaved the human race. His well-researched knowledge of science, biology and aeronautics has been effectively applied to his creation of the Annum multi-verse and its many different alien planets and life forms within the Lush Star System, establishing a sense of authenticity, which allows the reader to easily become submerged within this fictional world.

The weaving of our past and present history with the future also adds to the realism of this narrative, allowing the reader to connect our present world to the dystopian futuristic setting of the novel, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into Spiderworld. However, the technical and scientific language of the narrative doesn’t complicate the story as it’s presented clearly and complimented by beautiful, metaphorical language exemplified in the following quote: “The songs of a hundred different birds almost define the dawn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sparticus in Space, with Spider Overlords 1 January 2016
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Interesting worlds, species, governing bodies, and characters. The 1st person prologue was a bit lengthy and I had a hard time getting through the Prologue. At first, the prologue with it's long prose and explanations made me feel like I was getting ready for a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy type story with lots of sarcasm, comedy zaniness, but I was wrong. The actual story itself is in 3rd person with some 1st person commentary from the narrator. There's fighting, romance and a very imaginative world that is zany, but not a Hitchhikers Guide or Monty Python type zany. More like a Farscape type zany.
5.0 out of 5 stars Speculative Fiction for the Thinking Man 7 July 2017
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“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” Stephen Hawking

Richard Bunning’s speculative science fiction Spiderworld explores a future where Hawking’s ominous prediction comes true in ways few could imagine and completely shatters the clichéd expectation of humanoid invaders.

In the prologue, narrated by time-lord Orlando Oversight, we learn that in addition to humans, there are two other highly intelligent, sentient species: the eight-legged Aranians, who resemble giant spiders, and the ten-legged, roly poly Cheetans. Both species are hermaphroditic, and the gender neutral terms ‘ze’ and ‘zis’ are used when referring to them. Waterball (Earth) has been invaded by Aranians, who transport captured yeng (humans) back to their home planet Ungoliantis. Those yeng not fortunate enough to become house slaves are doomed to a cruel subsistence as experimental test subjects, gladiators, hunted prey, or livestock.

Jack Baker is the escaped house slave stud who has evaded detection for several months in the jungle. A yeng posse ́ commissioned by Jack’s Aranian owner, Boklung, recaptures him along with his pet Pugwash, the boy Anton, and the woman Athalie. Boklung punishes Jack by sending him to the arena to become a gladiator, where he becomes the embodiment of Spartacus, adopting both the name and the dream of freedom of his idol.

As far as Aranians go, a yeng could do no better than Boklung for a master: ze is a believer in the rights of all species and trusts that a formless God includes all sentient beings among zis flock. However, the yeng reader must compartmentalize Boklung’s repugnant attributes, such as zis love of hunting yeng, zis interest in Mengelesque yeng breeding experiments, and zis serving of yeng casserole to esteemed guests. In spite of this, Boklung is a unique visionary in that ze can see the big picture and is the driving force behind the Arcraft project, a deep space one-way colonization journey that will take over a century to complete and depends on hundreds of yeng crew along with robots. Aranians and Cheetans are ill-suited to such a lengthy, dangerous, and (likely) suicidal mission, while yeng would jump at the chance to have a semblance of control over their own destinies. For the project to be a success, Boklung understands that ze needs yeng like Jack, who have shown a fierce streak of independence and ingenuity, as robots would be unable to respond to situations requiring complex logic to be applied.

Will Boklung be able to conceal zis true intensions for the Arcraft from the Council? Will the yeng chosen for the journey be more cunning than Boklung could imagine? Will Jack and Athalie have a future together? Spiderworld kept me in suspense over these questions.

Fans of the Dr. Who series will immediately recognize Orlando Oversight’s home world of Gallifrey, and perhaps Oversight and the Doctor have an untold past that will come to light in a future Bunning novel.

Spiderworld is not about laser battles and mutants going berserk, but rather is a speculative science fiction novel for the thinking man, designed to make the reader question the nature of alien life and human philosophy, and to reflect upon how we treat species that we have deemed inferior.
4.0 out of 5 stars If one mark of a good book is that it forces you to read it 24 August 2016
By Amit Verma - Published on
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If one mark of a good book is that it forces you to read it, and leaves you thinking about it after it is done, then Spiderworld certainly excels. As a novel, it falls between what would be classical science fiction and classical science fantasy. In terms of science fiction, Bunning does a good job at describing social interactions of a fictitious future, and the tensions that arise due to those interactions, almost at par with, for example, some of the Foundation novels by Asimov, or works by Clark.

I am not a particular fan of science fantasy, unless it’s on the big screen (Start Wars?). In that genre many aspects are forced without much explanation. For example, and only as an example, in the Hunger Games series, it is not very obvious why a city-state with such advanced technology, with all the social and cultural setups that are needed to produce and sustain such level of civilization, would engage in a meaningless blood sport. Similar questions arise in Spiderworld. At multiple points in the novel, one can sense Bunning struggling with addressing questions of this nature. The obsession with gladiator-type events is, I assume, universal to this genre. That said, within the science fantasy genre – comparing apples to apples – the author again does an excellent job.

The writing is granular, with multiple styles, some descriptive, some direct, which fits a novel like this very well. Transitions from one style to another are largely seamless. It is not very easy to undertake this effort and get away without any slip-ups.

The strongest aspect about this work is that it strongly, and very bluntly, pulls the reader into examining his/her relationship with food. There is a way to make this topic unpalatable, or treat it in a cavalier way. Not here. It is perhaps the first work I have read that makes a point in the way it does – blunt and tactful at the same time.

Bunning certainly shows the mark to be a very strong influencer in the science fiction genre. Spiderworld is testament to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi at its Best 4 December 2015
By Michael R. Jennings - Published on
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The author, as in his two previous sci-fi novels, once again takes us outside of our existing solar system. As with his previous works, the editing was top-notch. It became readily obvious that the author takes pride in what he publishes. Also, his command of the English language clearly sets him apart from other novelists. As with his other full-length novels, I found it somewhat difficult to mentally switch gears in terms of strange character names, days of the week, weights and measures, etc. This inability to switch gears may, in fact, reflect my own shortcomings in the retention of new material. Though it might have helped had I read the Compendium of Facts at the end of the novel first. Being a romantic at heart, I was pleased to find bits of romance throughout the novel. All in all, I was impressed with the author's creativity to think outside of the box.
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS OUT THERE? 30 May 2016
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A science fiction book of 306 pages. Spiderworld is a huge canvas of a story set on a planet/planets at an extraordinary distance from Earth. The strange planet is ruled by a cruel society of intelligent enormous spiders. They enslave several species, including humans. An intriguing aspect of the story is that they treat their captures as we treat cattle and other animals as a source of meat; for entertainment, for hunting and indeed for other pleasures. This is food for reflection on what we ourselves do to other animals.

Inevitably there are escapees from confinements into deep forests. The worry is that these escapees might breed and become a concern. They must be hunted down. Jack Baker is one such escapee. He becomes the hero of the story. I will not divulge how the story ends. I will leave that to other readers.

If you are a science fiction reader this is the book for you. It is not just that it is a piece of imaginative writing, a horror story, and the possibility of strange life forms out there - but more importantly it discusses the thinking and the philosophy behind the conduct of these strange creatures. Five Stars.

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