This is Riddles Island, the post-gender speculative novel by Jan E. Pat.

All about Riddles Island

In 2111, everyone on Riddles Island is non-binary, and no one cares. Their language reflects the new reality. Rory and mer [Newspeak for him/her] partner Dylan face a life-changing predicament on their citadel, Riddles Island. The tight-knit community relies on a scarce resource in 2111 — access to clean drinking water. It’s coin for outside trades, fees and blackmail.

The wealth and water attract invaders and climate migrants in a world awash in high sea levels, never-ending wars and failed central governments.

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Ardhanarishvara is the half-female, half-male form of Hindu deity Shiva combined with Parvati. Notice e has only one breast.

Ridlets [residents of Riddles Island] sustain a rustic refuge, free from gender, technology and children.

Expect to take some reading time to get acclimated to Newspeak, non-binary invented words used throughout the book. The most often used are the pronouns: e for he and she, and mer for him and her in post-gender Riddles Island.

Experience how one set of universal pronouns simplifies English and eliminates the need to announce gender and sexuality. Readers can print a list of Newspeak vocabulary to use when reading if needed. It’s more like reading a book that occasionally inserts foreign phrases or words. Don’t let it distract you. You will get used to it.

Jan looks forward to your response to the subjective novel set in the future, based on trends today. The novel focuses on human beings, living in a futuristic environment. It’s more thought-provoking than depressing.

The non-binary characters interact in a their citadel, protected by the island’s geography and the clean water that provides life as well as income. Ridlets are geneered [genetically engineered] to all look non-binary. They choose to dress alike for convenience. Ridlets face typical human dilemmas. Readers dive into Jan E. Pat’s speculation of technology, energy, the environment, society, sex and reproduction, transportation, food and farming in the world of 2111.

Riddles Island is in the same genre as Handmaids Tale, The Giver and Octavia Butler’s visionary novels. Available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon. Jan E. Pat invites readers who enjoyed the book to post a review on Amazon and/or leave a comment here.

About Jan E. Pat

Jan enjoys using mer bike for transportation, fitness, socializing, sight-seeing, and to save the planet.

As you can see, Jan is Caucasian and able to ride a bike.

E keeps mer identity anonymous to prevent judgment about mer age, gender at birth and today, and to avoid assumptions.

If you could see Jan’s face, teeth and shoes, you could presume things about mer access to food, housing and education. The bike, coat and setting already offer clues.

Contact Jan by leaving a comment here, or at riddles island 2111 at a o l [dot] c o m .

Start the new year with new pronouns.

Start the new year with new pronouns.

The right half of Ardhanarishvara is usually Shiva, the male representation of God, and the left symbolizes the female aspects of God. [Source: Wikipedia]

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