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y The Last Albatross single work   novel   science fiction   thriller   fantasy  
Is part of The Human Rites Trilogy Ian Irvine 2000- series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2000 2000
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'In the 1950s, the British carried out atomic bomb testing at Maralinga. Afterwards they blew up 23 kilograms of plutonium with explosives, then left the fragments lying in the South Australian desert. Thirty years later, two students, Ryn and Hercus, decided to steal a huge piece of plutonium - one of the deadliest substances on the planet - and bury it in a backyard. It is years after the prank. Hercus is a middle-aged failure obsessed with the continuing destruction of the environment. In a desperate attempt to redeem himself, he digs up the plutonium and blackmails his friend Ryn to help him achieve the ultimate act of terrorism and save the world from humanity. Jemma, Ryn's wife, narrates the story as the couple desperately try to stop Hercus without incriminating Ryn. Against the backdrop of technological wizardry, political intrigue and environmental lobby groups battling for control of society, Jemma and Ryn race against time to stop Hercus from fulfilling his deadly dream'. Source: bookseller's website.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • East Roseville, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Earthlight , 2001 .
      Extent: 355p.
      ISBN: 0731810457

Works about this Work

Albatrosses and Western Attitudes to Killing Wild Birds Graham Barwell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Captured : The Animal within Culture 2013; (p. 84-107)

Graham Barwell addresses the following questions in this essay: 'how did the albatross acquire the significance it has today for Westerners?; what has been the relationship between its cultural significance and their behaviour towards it?; are the ways it has been captured in writing and visual media likely to affect people's behaviour?' (p. 85). The examples Barwell provides range from fifteenth century European explorers' account to contemporary novels; the one Australian text discussed is Ian Irvine's The Last Albatross.

Untitled Keith Stevenson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , no. 43 2010; (p. 157-159)

— Review of The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel
Low-Life Runs Amok in Unruly Postwar Sydney Graeme Blundell , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 February 2001; (p. 12)

— Review of Mavis Levack P. I. Marele Day 2000 selected work short story ; The Devil's Jump Peter Doyle 2001 single work novel ; The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel ; Grace Geoffrey Knight 2000 single work novel
The Ikin Interviews: Ian Irvine Van Ikin (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 27-28 2001; (p. 207-216)
The Last Albatross Bill Congreve , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 27-28 2001; (p. 221-222)

— Review of The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel
Untitled Keith Stevenson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , no. 43 2010; (p. 157-159)

— Review of The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel
Low-Life Runs Amok in Unruly Postwar Sydney Graeme Blundell , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 February 2001; (p. 12)

— Review of Mavis Levack P. I. Marele Day 2000 selected work short story ; The Devil's Jump Peter Doyle 2001 single work novel ; The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel ; Grace Geoffrey Knight 2000 single work novel
The Last Albatross Bill Congreve , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 27-28 2001; (p. 221-222)

— Review of The Last Albatross Ian Irvine 2000 single work novel
The Ikin Interviews: Ian Irvine Van Ikin (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 27-28 2001; (p. 207-216)
Albatrosses and Western Attitudes to Killing Wild Birds Graham Barwell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Captured : The Animal within Culture 2013; (p. 84-107)

Graham Barwell addresses the following questions in this essay: 'how did the albatross acquire the significance it has today for Westerners?; what has been the relationship between its cultural significance and their behaviour towards it?; are the ways it has been captured in writing and visual media likely to affect people's behaviour?' (p. 85). The examples Barwell provides range from fifteenth century European explorers' account to contemporary novels; the one Australian text discussed is Ian Irvine's The Last Albatross.

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