A mutated biological agent escapes from Porton Down weapons testing establishment outside Portsmouth, England. Superficially, the mutant appears to be a butterfly. The story revolves around a couple of University lecturers who stumble unwittingly on the agent, thinking it a new species. Through their research, the authorities are alerted to the possible publication of its origin and take ruthless steps to prevent this. Murder, political intrigue and big-business machinations occur against a background of increasing social awareness of danger and unrest, whilst a number of dedicated opponents of the system struggle for recognition of humanitarian values. Underlying the development of the characters and the action is an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and a strong philosophical argument for the effects of inertia on ecological systems and on social conventions, no matter how violently these are disturbed.
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It may be of interest that this plot came to me in its entirety in a dream and that the book virtually wrote itself. I have always been intensely interested in the natural world, the interconnectedness of all life, spiritual development and creativity, so the story was crafted from the whole of my life. The nature of the 'butterflies' was familiar to me as I have studied myxomycetes since I was twelve years old. Mycetozoa or slime moulds are now classified as a separate kingdom (not animal nor plant nor fungus). I have also loved butterflies from a very early age. The protagonists were drawn with permission from composites of many of the people I have loved. The settings are places dear to me. The plot is fictional and no individual creature, living or dead, is portrayed factually, except Frazzle. I have been very happy in the world as I know it and hope this offerring helps to promote awareness of how fragile it is and how we are really all interdependent parts of one beautiful organism.From the Back Cover:
From researching light in the Arctic to building palaces on the equator; from night-club singer to landlady providing bed, breakfast and evening meals for lorry drivers: Amelia May Kingston’s life has never been dull. In spite of having Multiple Sclerosis since her teens, she has raised a family of three and, on her old Yorkshire doctor’s advice, said "No!" to "nowt".
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