Wheelchair-bound, Tasia has for a long time felt like an alien in her own life. When she finds a flyer for RAM’s Robot Circus, it propels her into a new bizarre existence, one full of junk machines and strange new friends. For the first time she starts to feel as though she belongs somewhere. Yet something is not right. As the old Tasia disappears from the everyday world, an imaginary version of herself struggles to save the future from a deadly menace and increasingly their separate realities seem to cross paths. The question is, which of them is real?
It’s a war of clunky robots and flesh-machine hybrids, with the future of mankind hanging in the balance! And salvation may only be found in a decent cup of coffee and Tasia’s acceptance of some uncomfortable truths...
Robert (Maxwell) Hood (born 1951) is an Australian writer and editor recognised as one of Australia's leading horror writers. He has published five young adult novels, three collections of his short fiction, fifteen children's books and over 100 short stories in anthologies and magazines in Australia and overseas. He has also written plays, academic articles and poetry and co-edited anthologies of horror and crime. He has been nominated for three Aurealis Awards and eight Ditmars. In 2006 Hood won a Ditmar Award for Best Collection for Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales (edited with Robin Pen) and another in 2009 for his film review and commentary website, Undead Backbrain.