Milijun by Clayton Graham Book Tour and Giveaway :)
EXCERPT FROM ‘MILIJUN’ THE NOVEL
As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.
I remember the nuclear attack four minute warning, and the ever-present threat of devastating war. As children, my friends and I did not have much, nor did we need it. We were content to kick a ball against a wall, play hide and seek for hours on end, explore the countryside on second hand bikes, keep outside until called in when night time descended, and do the best we could at school (probably in that order). And this was a time when companies and businesses funded education for their own employees. I was a 'Student Apprentice', my company totally funded my degree studies over five years. As a bonus I also got some work experience thrown in.
Have things changed? You bet they have. We know more about some things but we know less about others – the important things. If you have to ask what they are, you're too young to be reading this.
I now live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Australia, surrounded by vineyards, sandy beaches, rolling hills and, perhaps unfortunately, other houses. Australia is a long way, by terran standards, from where I was born in England, but that matters little as the universe is large and we are but small.
Above all, ‘Milijun’ explores the question – what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot comprehend? It's a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. ‘Milijun’ challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.
In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. Laura and Jason Sinclair are just ordinary people, caught in a web of mystery and intrigue with an invisible spider somewhere on the threads.
Best Wishes to all readers out there, on Earth or elsewhere.