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Rubberman’s Cage

by Joseph Picard

Rubbermans' Cage - Joseph Picard
Part of the Rubberman series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.95
ISBN: 978-0981396002
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 228

Lenth grew up in a lie.
Apparently there's more than five people in the world.
Savage Citizens, orderly Providers, keepers of ignorance, and a damaged killer stand in the way of the world's simple truths.

Four Brothers live their lives in an enclosed habitat as directed by the silent Rubberman above them. When they disobey, they get shocked. This is normal. It always has been.
When a Brother dies, they learn of death. When he is replaced by someone new, they learn they are replaceable.
When the ceiling above the ceiling cracks open, Lenth plans a journey beyond the known universe:

A third floor.


Cover Artists:
Tropes: Dying World, Lucky Novice, Post-Apocalyptic, Reluctant Hero

Setting: Underground, Earth, near future

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters


Confession, right off the bat- this technically isn't sci-fi. If feels like one, it has similar themes of discovery and exploration, but the highest tech thing in it is a nuclear generator built in the 40s. The book partly serves as an introduction to the world of this series, its society, and sub-groups.

It's arguable that this is a sort of 'coming of age' story. Although the main character is in his early 20s, he was raised with no knowledge of anything beyond his tiny corner of the world, and we follow him and his naivety as we see things from his perspective- both his discovery of mundane things like doorknobs and elevators, or stranger things like the functionality of the facility, its societies, and these strange people he'd never met before called women.

About the Author

Resident of the lower mainland in BC, I’ve lived all over Canada, but I’ve been in this area since ’94 or so, and am unlikely to leave.

I’ve always been a creative sort, composing music on the computer (tracking Mods and related formats) drawing and graphic design, but in the last couple of decades, writing has come to the forefront- going from the occasional short story for fun that I’ve done all my life, to full-fledged novels.

In 2001, I was cycling to work, and got into a fight with a car, and the car won. Since then I’m been a paraplegic. When I’m rich and famous, I’ll buy a model of the car that hit me, and give it a solid whack every day.

I’m father to two insane lil punks, Catilin in 2007, and Lachlan in 2011. I’ve been predominantly a stay at home dad since then, but volunteer work at a local seniors’ activity centre recently led to a job with the organization. It’s an amazingly positive environment.

My rate of pumping out novels isn’t so fast, but the ideas are waiting. If the next Rubberman book ties up the series (it may or may not) I have a series in mind that serves as a spin-off of sorts from the Lifehack series.