Of Beasts and Men

Genre: Dystopian and Futuristic, Sci-fi

For Fans Of

Readers who enjoy hard science with societal focuses as seen with Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. Diaspora, by Greg Egan, meets The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Conditioned Response, by Marjorie F. Baldwin, meets Anvil of the Heart, by Bruce T. Holmes.

Book Summary

Gliese Libra, a Librarian in her Tertiary Learning, is pulled into a war fought in the shadows, between humanity and its oppressors. Of Beasts and Men is Anike Kirsten’s debut short novel of social injustice told from the perspective of Gliese; a privileged person and citizen of the oppressive race.

Along with Albert Hollows, a human and forerunner for the Insurgency, Gliese uncovers truths of her race; truths of their planet and their biology. She battles with herself and the oppressors, to overcome her conflicts and guide humanity to salvation before they’re annihilated.

But nothing is ever as it seems.


With its social and political insights, Of Beasts and Men is a different kind of sci-fi drama, blending hard science with a societal focus rarely seen in the genre. It's recommended for leisure readers who want a healthy dose of philosophical and social reflection in the course of their adventure stories, and features a compelling, thought-provoking story of morality, alien and human origins and experiments, and the crossroads of ethics against the backdrop of humanity's world-changing drives.

- Diane Donovan, Recommended Reading - Donovan's Literary Services

About the Author

Anike Kirsten is a South African science-fiction author, who writes to highlight the social issues that plague the world. Growing up in South Africa and experiencing these issues, she works to provide mediums through which readers can relate and find courage in.

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