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* Contents derived from the Norwood,Norwood, Payneham & St Peters area,Adelaide - North / North East,Adelaide,South Australia,:Omnibus Books,1994 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Advances in technology threaten to make human labour and expertise in a pattern-making business obsolete. The business owner despairs until he discovers that the robots can also produce something unexpected.
Melbourne is now mostly underwater due to polar ice-melt, and the rich genetically engineer their children to match their ideas of perfection. One such child is the adolescent narrator, however when he falls in love he begins to question notions of perfection and control.
Set in the future, when humans survive by scavenging metals from landfill. A man and boy discover how to make a citrus tree grow in this desolate wasteland, but their dreams of organic renewal are soon dashed.