The Game

The Game is a black and white science-fiction graphic novel written by Shane W Smith. It was published by Deeper Meanings Publishing in June, 2014.

Though the book stands alone as an accessible story, The Game takes place in between The Lesser Evil and Peaceful Tomorrows.

The Game was shortlisted in the 2014 Aurealis Awards for best graphic novel.

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Book synopsis

The devastating war between the Senate and Padakan House is over. Under Frank Tomhines’ new government, power will at last be returned to the citizens of the galaxy. But not everyone is prepared to accept such a system…

Remnants of Padakan House continue to wage war, using the small children of their enemies as shields; someone has put a contract out on Frank Tomhines’ life; and a tenuous political situation, controlled by rampant self-interests, risks not only the lives of hundreds of innocents, but also the delicate new-found stability of the entire galaxy.

It’s all part of the Game… and this game is played hard. The stakes are high, the participants ruthless. Winner takes all.

(Set three months after the events of The Lesser Evil.)

The Game

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Exclusive to The Game, a 38 page short story by Shane W Smith entitled The Long Road Home.

Angus Baxmerian once claimed that he would never work for a government. Any government. But fate is cruel, and destiny manipulative… and he now finds himself firmly under the thumb of Principal Director Frank Tomhines. How did this happen? And when Frank Tomhines orders him to assassinate a man he once called friend, why is he powerless to resist?