It's the early 1970s, a time of change, a time of turmoil, a time of surrealism, LSD and the Age of Aquarius, a time of fads, Moon landings and wars, and the young people of the world are seeking something new - and unusual!The latest Lethbridge-Stewart novel will be released on Tuesday (May 8), exclusively from the Candy Jar webstore.
For Anne Travers, an encounter with a so-called 'dream egg' is just the beginning of a long nightmare. Her scientific curiosity aroused, Anne begins to probe the secret underground scene known as 'dream-ins', where students and others meet to get involved with a new craze and, perhaps, something far more alien to human experience.
And for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who finds himself drawn into Anne's investigations, this probe will lead him and the Fifth Operational Corps to the wilderness of the Australian Outback, to a little opal mining town called Coober Pedy and a search for answers.
Although the third release of the fifth series in the ongoing range, The New Unusual actually takes place between A Very Private Haunting and The Man from Yesterday.
As range editor Andy Frankham-Allen explained:
"Due to a delay in release, we were forced to put the books out of order, however in the editing I made sure that The New Unusual and The Man from Yesterday could be read in whichever order the reader wishes. Of course, there are a few elements that run through the series, but none that will interfere with enjoying the books in your preferred order."
The New Unusual sees Anne Travers and the team investigate strange goings-on at hippy dream-ins, which sends them to Australia.
The novel is co-written by Australian author Adrian Sherlock, who said:
"It was an idea I warmed to immediately, having always wanted to see Australia more connected with world of science fiction. Australia’s an amazing country, with many exotic and fascinating wonders, so it was a lot of fun to include them in the narrative."