Playing God

$24.95 inc. GST

by: Morton Benning

330 pages
129mm x 198mm
ISBN: 9780648208112
Publish date: 7.11.2017

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Keenley Turnshoe is a young apprentice cleric living in Utopia, a medieval-like fantasy world of magic and monsters. But unknown to Keenley and the other inhabitants of Utopia, their world is also the virtually rendered plaything of a very wealthy and self-absorbed young man named Jeff, AKA the Great God Avatar.

When Jeff’s ‘answering machine’, the Deus Interface, decides that it is the Great God Avatar, it identifies Jeff as a threat and strands him in his own virtual world. Jeff seeks help from Keenley and his companions as he tries to return to his virtual throne room.

As they risk their lives on a quest to find the Great God, will they discover the true identity of their difficult travelling companion? And will the Deus Interface be able to locate and destroy them before they fulfil their quest?

About the author

Morton Benning is an artist and writer and lover of all things science fiction and fantasy. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and two daughters. This is his first novel. Visit the author at


  1. D.M. Cornish, author of Monster Blood Tattoo series

    In Utopia the jeopardy is real, the stakes matter and yet there is a lovely touch of wry humour laced throughout. As a player of MMOs and RPGs, seeing from the denizens of a “game world’s” point of view is fun, intriguing and compelling; I thoroughly enjoyed the double narrative – the two worlds, and loved every time Jeff was made to squirm.

  2. James Cooper, head of Creative Writing, Tabor College of Higher Education

    An original and timely exploration of how apt we are to get it wrong in matters of ultimate importance. Anyone who’s ever attempted to create a world – on page or on screen – will find characters and themes to warm to in Morton Benning’s Playing God.

  3. Rosanne Hawke, author of Wolfchild, Across the Creek and The Leopard Princess

    A fascinating and thought-provoking journey through a virtually rendered world. With interesting characters, twists and surprises, this is a riveting story for readers from eleven to one hundred.

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