Penny Ponders On Gravity’s Arrow

The turmoil that results when a settled life is suddenly upended

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
4 min readJun 29, 2022

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Cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live somewhere that starts to dissolve into chaos, somewhere that’s been your safe long-time home, where you’ve raised a family and always tried to live your life within a caring and ethical framework — and then an extremist group that has been nibbling at the edges for years, takes its chance and surges in to take power?

And wow, is Gravity’s Arrow by Jack Mann prescient on that front! The book was published in 2019 but I’ve since learnt how long ago it was that he mapped out the whole story, so it’s even more remarkable.

This isn’t a review

I’m just doing a bit of scene-setting here because this isn’t a book review as such. I’m diving into the spotlight books for Fantastic Books Publishing’s…

Fellow author Stuart Aken has written an in-depth review of Gravity’s Arrow here:

This is science fiction, set in the future and far from the Earth, but we will all find characters we recognise. For example, the star of the show is12-year-old Fhiro who kicks back at not being treated like the adult he feels he is. Who amongst us who has ever been a 12-year-old or a parent of one, will not recognise Fhiro?

Fhiro has no idea — not the glimmer of a clue — of the turmoil his parents face as they see their settled lives spiralling to an end and rush to make plans that they can’t even hint at to their tetchy younger son.

Gravity’s Arrow is a very human story but it’s good hard Sci-Fi too. Jack Mann doesn’t pluck new technologies from the air. He spent a long time researching the world he created and the technologies that make…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.