On September 4 "The Dream of Bones", the first Internet interactive
novel in New Zealand will appear in NZine.
Ged Maybury is no stranger to readers of NZine although they know him
Designasaurus, who writes the entertaining critiques of architecture,
children's playgrounds, supermarket trolleys, etc.
Since 1986 Ged has written seven children's science fiction books,
which are still in print, a book of performance poetry and a recent
humorous children's novel.
Self-motivated into books
Asked whether he had been an avid reader as a child Ged replied that
were few books in the house as he was growing up and no one read him
stories. He taught himself to read from comics.
He didn't discover a library until he was at Intermediate School and
began to read with some enthusiasm and as a hobby wrote stories of his
imitating what he had read. He dabbled in writing in his later years
secondary school to entertain his mates, but it was not a serious
The creative impulse at work
Ged's books for children lead readers to share his enjoyment of
fiction with books for different age ranges between eight and fifteen,
actually greatly enjoyed by adults, often reading to children longer
usual because they are books that cannot easily be put down.
'Time Twister' 1986) deals with time travel in a video game.
Gift', the ability to time travel, takes the characters on a scary
This suits readers in the 10-13 age group.
The same year saw the production of 'Tubes of Light', a book of
performance poetry for adults, with some of interest to children.
'Silicone Stew' (1990), for ages 8-11, has mutant toys running
as sad-sack Stew meddles with some weird futuristic science.
In 'StarTroopers [the Final Episode]' (1991) reality mimics
as two children uncover some uncomfortable truths about the mighty
Empire and avert a Galactic war. This appeals to ages 10-15.
'The Triggerstone' (1993) was short-listed for the AIM Book
1994. It is a history-mystery as bad science collides with Maori
and starts to shake the present. Again Ged writes for ages 10-15.
'The Seventh Robe' (1993) deals with serious themes for
Trouble besets a women-ruled society when a boy gets the mythical
robe'. Meanwhile another culture arrives by sea with guns and
and starts to stir rebellion in the Noogiyan men.
'Hive of the Star Bees [the First StarTroopers]') (1995) is an
action packed 'Prequel' to StarTroopers revealing how the first
StarTroopers meet in dire circumstances. This attracts readers in the
to 15 age range.
'The Rebel Masters' ( 1995) is a sequel to "The Seventh Robe"
again for a largely teenage readership. Fear, control and
soon create rebellion in women-ruled Noogiya as the foreigners start
In 'Horse Apples' (1998) Ged moves away from scifi, and writes
teenagers a story of greed, lies, money and manure as one boy tries to
control an increasingly chaotic fund-raising venture for his school
get revenge as well!). Gross-out ending!
In the new millennium look for 'Crab Apples', a sequel to
Apples', due out September 2000, with, Ged promises, an even grosser
How does Ged see the idea of having readers contribute ideas to
Dream of Bones'?
"I think it's rather scary and risky, but I'm looking forward to the
challenge. I like the idea of engaging people.
"Herge, the author of Tintin books, did it once in the 1930s with a
'The Cigars of the Pharaohs' which he published in one-page serial
in a Belgian newspaper.
"The slightly scary part is that it is a journeys story and people's
may lead people off the track. Only the introductory chapters have
Watch for the opening chapter of 'The Dream of Bones' in the next