The Slow Kill 


Nancy Smith

Near-future Science Fiction

Published 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9913907-0-0

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Author Comment:  The Slow Kill is a term that describes prolonged drought similar to the drought experienced in Austin, TX beginning in 2011.

Reviewer Quote:  "Smith  deftly reveals Frank's sense of disconnection, exacerbated by the privileged lives that people live in the dome. As the story intercuts between Frank and Alex's turmoils, there is plenty of timely social commentary, but it avoids ever feeling preachy."  Kirkus Reviews

Short Description: This story is set in Austin, Texas beginning in 2035. This book continues with events in The Universal Vaccine.

In the aftermath of a world ravaged by drought, famine and disease, a botanist erects a biodome over Lake Travis in order to deter evaporation and protect his hydrofarm. However plans to electrify and seal the dome's exterior, thereby separating the haves from the have nots, force this father apart from is six year old son. A decade later, he seeks to repair his broken relationship with his son.

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