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Anno Domini 2000; or a Woman’s Destiny

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by Sir Julius Vogel

First published in 1889, this is credited with being one of the world’s earliest science fiction novels – a futuristic story in which women rise to positions of power and citizens travel freely in aluminium ‘air-cruisers’.

Sir Joseph Vogel’s story is remarkable for the accuracy of his predictions for a world in the year 2000.

Heroine Hilda Fitzherbert is the 23-year-old Imperial Prime Minister, caught between a villainous Australian republican and Emperor Albert, the dashing young ruler of the Federated British Empire. The future of the world is at risk when an Anglo-American war breaks out.

Vogel wrote his story after stepping down as New Zealand’s Premier, a role in which he promoted the vision of a modern world where men and women would be social and political equals – many years before women got the right to vote.

His description of air travel and wireless communications seemed far-fetched when Anno Domini 2000 was first published.

Today, the book remains a fascination for those who want to compare its prophesies with the reality of modern society.

This edition includes a retrospective review of the book, including details of how it was received when published in 1889 and a summary of its predictions.

Sir Julius Vogel

Sir Julius Vogel

About the author

Sir Julius Vogel (1835-1899) was a visionary leader who was widely ridiculed when he wrote this book. Today, New Zealand’s speculative fiction awards are named after him, in his honour.




You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Author: Sir Julius Vogel

ISBN: 978-0-9876636-1-0

ebook format

RRP US$2.99

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The Sheep Whisperer

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by Tom Davidson

Layabout Kevin Dolittle is looking forward to a summer on the dole when WINZ thrusts him into action as a trainee shepherd.

Kevin soon discovers he can communicate with a flock of renegade sheep, led by Jonkey (who replaced an old ewe called Helen). It’s not just the sheep who get roasted in this satire of New Zealand politics.

This hardback book – with illustrations that will put a smile on your face – is billed as ‘a New Zealand fairy tale for grown ups.’ It’s the gift that’s just as suitable for the politically aware as it is for those who are sick of national politics.”

Tom Davidson

Author Tom Davidson

This was the first book by the late writer-illustrator Tom Davidson whose comedy material has appeared on television (Pulp Sport) and radio.






Author: Tom Davidson

ISBN: 978-0-9864684-3-8

Hardback, 96 pages

15cm x 11cm landscape

RRP NZ$19.99 inc. GST