Number Games

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  • “Irish fiction as we’ve rarely seen it . . . consistently smart, thought-provoking and well written . . . Kudos to Liberties Press for taking a shot on home-grown sci-fi, and here’s hoping Number Games is merely the first of many.” ––Darragh McManus, Irish Independent
  • "diverting enough fare, and Irish sci-fi is a genre worthy of encouragement" ––Pat Carty, Hot Press
  • “Hunger Games meets Bladerunner meets Raiders of the Lost Ark . . . Brilliant language use will always win the day, and Owen Dwyer's writing is . . . inventive, colourful and unique.” ––Helen Casey
  • “a terrific read and a great page-turner, with lots of humour thrown into the mix” ––Alan Caffrey
  • “Dwyer's writing is direct and unflinching in depicting violence, sex and bodily fluids. It is not a story for the faint of heart and yet it is the the novel's more reflective elements which are the scene-stealers. Li's interior narrative provides the reader with insights into substance abuse, the loss of love, and questions of identity and purpose. . . . A novel of captivating style.” ––Béibhinn Breathnach, rte.ie
  • “visceral in its violence and compelling in its writing style . . . fascinating” ––Sunday Independent

Meet The Author

Owen Dwyer’s latest novel, The Garfield Conspiracy, will be published on 7 September. His previous novel, Number Games, was described by the Irish Independent as “Irish fiction as we’ve rarely seen it”. Among other awards, Owen has won the Hennessy Emerging Fiction Prize, the Silver Quill (twice) and the Biscuit Fiction Prize, and has had stories published in Whispers and Shouts magazine. He is also the author of The Agitator and The Cherrypicker. Owen has a degreee in European Humanities. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.

In a future dominated by the Chinese and run by women, a promiscuous young man finds out that his whole life has been part of a gigantic experiment. In a war-torn America, will he carry out the mission which may be his destiny?

Seattle, 2116. The world is divided into a network of vast corporations (Corpos), each controlled by a triumvirate of elderly Chinese. The masses are conditioned to extol the virtues of utilitarianism, with society dominated by the power of ‘the numbers’. Men, who have previously caused the collapse of society, must stay at home and raise children while women rule – with dispassionate ruthlessness. Enter Li, a ‘career boy’ tele-sales manager in Ireland-corpo. After years of sleeping around and getting high – and into trouble – his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a mysterious young woman, Tattoo. Are his troubles behind him – or only beginning?

As with all the best science-fiction, Number Games gives hints of what our world might become. With echoes of Bladerunner, The Man in the High Castle and The Time Machine, this superbly crafted novel makes for a compelling – and sometimes chilling – read.