Stephen Aaron Grey to Release New Novel ANT FARM
Peace-loving ants flee for their lives from a plantation run by cruel cockroaches, only to discover their new society is eventually fraught with the same conflicts they previously faced, as well as others.
Thus begins "Ant Farm: A Novel About What's Bugging Society" (Headline Books) by Stephen Aaron Grey, which explores political and social issues from a bug's eye view. Written for adults and teens, "Ant Farm" tackles current events in a way that is entertaining, provocative and relevant.
"This is a story about a free civilization that deteriorates into totalitarianism," Grey said. "Metaphorically it can represent a number of different societies present in the world today or throughout history."
"Ant Farm" is the first novel by Grey, who is better known as "Freaky Flow," an internationally acclaimed nightclub DJ, now based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he studied cinema and world religions, and has long been fascinated by how different societies function, which ultimately inspired him to write his book.
Grey describes "Ant Farm" as a re-imagining of the 1945 political satire "Animal Farm," a cautionary tale about communism as experienced by farm animals. Though a fan of the classic novel by George Orwell, Grey found it dated and limited in scope, and wanted to tell a similar story in a manner that is more relatable to current events while espousing a different underlying philosophy.
"I think "Animal Farm" was trying to show that if you try to organize a communist or socialist state in a particular way, you are going to have bad results, but my book goes beyond that," Grey explained. "I believe any kind of government power - even one grounded in democracy - will inevitably lead to disaster, even if those in control have good intentions. 'Ant Farm' is more pro-liberty than anti-communism."
Among the issues the six-legged characters in "Ant Farm" tackle are health care, foreign aid, military intervention, media influence, alternative energy, minimum wage, corporate greed, insurance, taxation, religious freedom, racism, gun control, the drug war, gambling and more.