The Antunite Chronicles win three Firebird Book Awards

January 31 09:45 2023
Three novels by Terry Birdgenaw win Firebird Books Awards for New Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Dystopian Fiction

Dorval, QC, Canada – Cyborg Insect Books is proud to announce that all three novels of The Antunite Chronicles trilogy by Terry Birdgenaw have won the international Firebird Book Awards.

Neuroscientist Terry Birdgenaw never intended to write fiction, but his wife’s challenge and COVID-19 stay-at-home orders created a perfect storm of motivation and opportunity. Annoyed by plot suggestions that were too mature for her audience, Children’s Author, Ann Birdgenaw, suggested Terry write a backstory for her book targeted at young adults. Terry took the bait! But he enjoyed writing fiction so much that the backstory became a trilogy, and the trilogy is now award winning!

All three books of The Antunite Chronicles feature heroes battling leaders who use propaganda and tyranny to obtain and maintain power and wealth.

Antuna’s Story, Firebird’s first place winner for New Fiction, follows the lives of Earth insects transported through a wormhole to a far-off planet called Poo-ponic. Young Antuna encouraged the settlers to work together, but hexs later, conflicts resumed. Despite her convictions, Antuna could not save herself or her diverse friends from the devastation of war. Yet her legacy of Antunite insectism endured.

The Rise and Fall of Antocracy, Firebird winner for Young Adult Fiction,is an Animal Farm-like story that tracks the insects’ evolution to cyborg insects, the growth and decline of a fledgling democracy, and the destruction of life on the planet caused by a long-ignored climate crisis. It also follows the utopian society created by a group of cyborg insects that escape to Poo-ponic’s moon, Bilaluna, before the planet’s  fragile atmosphere collapses.

The rulers in Firebird’s winner for Dystopian Fiction, Antunites Unite, create an Orwellian society that uses histrionics, bionics, and socionics to subjugate its citizens. An allegorical dystopian tale like 1984, it’s a brave new world out of this world, where freedom-loving spies from the nearby moon, Bilaluna, infiltrate the colony and start a revolution.

Although Birdgenaw riddled the novels with details about insect behavior, he is not an entomologist. Yet his Ph.D. studies in neuroscience and psychology allow him to understand human behavior and what makes autocrats tick. Insect and human behavior are quite similar, as both work together to enhance survival and fight those seen as different. Humans have the same core motivations as their tiny neighbors underfoot.

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