Ziggy’s Fantastc Journey – Martin Kerr
Portsmouth. England. Sector 567. Earth. 2025.
Civilisation as we know it is about to come
to an apocalyptic end.
Can anyone save mankind from its fate?
Billy Slade lives alone with his dog, Ziggy. He’s fed up
with yet another lockdown. She’s on her third walk of the
day when they stumble upon a mysterious corn circle that
leads them on a journey through space and time. They
find themselves back in his home city, but it’s not how he
remembers it. His life changes forever when he asks Ziggy,
‘Where are all the humans?’
A pack of dogs offer them shelter and help them find some
survivors hiding in a doomsday bunker. Billy soon realises
that the answers to so many questions may lie with the
alien architects he met on his journey across time.
They hatch a plan to try and travel back in time to save his
planet. However, feral survivors, packs of wild animals and
an alien drone stand in their way.
Will they make it back in time to save mankind?
And more importantly, will Billy make it home before
his supper is ruined?
It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Very exciting and original.
I love the use of the Bowie References.
If you liked Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’ll enjoy Martin Kerr’s Ziggy’s Fabulous Voyage. In a slightly tongue in cheek style we follow the somewhat naïve Billy Slade and his dog Ziggy as they are transported in time to when Earth has been devastated by COVID and where oversized animals roam. Billy and Ziggy inadvertently become key to preventing further disaster, and along the way meet with many memorable, charming and not-so-charming characters, including aliens from distant galaxies.
Billy and Ziggy have an advantage in that they are able to communicate, and when Ziggy befriends other canines they find they can all “speak” together. Ziggy is quite rude about her bemused “Dad” at times, though faithful and protective all the while.
Set in the Portsmouth area with many references to local landmarks, this story flows well with plenty of action scenes and wry humour. An added dimension for David Bowie fans is to spot allusions to the singer’s life and career. Ziggy is an obvious one, but there are many, many more to tease you. Once you spot one, it becomes a challenge to find the others… Much like the challenges that Ziggy and custard-cream-loving Billy face!
What an adventure!
Not my usual read but as someone who lives in Portsmouth, enjoys Bowie and loves dogs, this was a real treat. From suspicious crop circles to time travel, high spying drones and alien encounters, all resulting in hapless Billy’s unexpected stumble into saving mankind.
Get this to the screen!
It won’t be what you expect, it’ll be much more!