Title: The Inventory: Iron Fist (The Inventory #1)
Author: Andy Briggs
As technology plays such an important role in the book, what invention would you like to become a reality?
There are so many inventions I would like to see become a reality – such as teleportation (which would save me driving everywhere), jet-packs (if I don’t have a teleporter, then it would make flying a whole lot more fun)… or something to make me invisible!
But that’s a rather self-centred view because technology is probably our only hope in saving the world, and we are slowly making progress. Imagine generators that could create water out of thin air in arid famine hit regions – well, they are being prototyped. Or advanced purifiers that turn polluted water into drinking water – we have them. It extends to clean energy and other excellent inventions that make the world a better place, rather than merely a convenient one.
What was your favourite book as a child?
There are many, many books I loved. The Hobbit, Stig of the Dump, Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, to name just a few. However, if pressed, if asked about ANY book, then there is one book, one series, that you probably have never heard about and it’s sadly out of print. The series is called Captain Cobwebb, written by Gordon Boshell. In particular, Captain Cobwebb and the Red Transistor is the one book that comes to mind. I remember my brother getting if for me from the library when I had chicken pox. He delivered it by flinging the book from the doorway so he didn’t have to breathe my germs. And when I read it, it was a wondrous extraction from the real world.