Arboretum: Emissary of the Oppressed Book 1

by: Ian Miller

356 pages
129mm x 198mm
ISBN: 9781532652769
Publish date: 15.2.2018

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Timothy Martin is a respected lecturer in Astronomy who has spent most of his life trying to put behind him the trauma of a childhood dominated by ‘visions’. But the visions have returned, more real than ever. Not only does see other places, but he is now able to step into them. When he becomes fixated on the star Delta Crucis in the Southern Cross constellation, he sees a vision of a world orbiting it and impulsively takes a step  ̶  two hundred and forty-five light years into space. He did not expect to survive. Nor did he expect to land in the midst of an alien city. And he certainly did not expect to threaten the well-being of another world, one that he finds disturbingly  ̶  at peace. At stake is not only his own destiny, but that of an entire world.

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Ian Miller

About the author

Ian Miller grew up north of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. With a university background in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Theology and Education, Ian brings alternate realities to life in worlds that challenge the very nature of humanity. Ian is currently busily finishing books two and three of The Emissary of the Oppressed series. He is a popular public speaker and lives in Sydney with his wife, Christine. You can visit Ian at


  1. Claire Belberg, author of The Golden Hour

    This utopian science fantasy, with echoes of CS Lewis’ Voyage to Venus, is a well-imagined and sympathetic exploration of how a world might operate without original sin, and the impact of its people’s innocent love on a determinedly atheistic scientist. I found it refreshing and inspiring.

  2. Adam Byatt, author and educator

    Arboretum conjures a richly imagined world seen with the eye of the scientist and the theologian to unfold a great mystery and a great truth.

  3. Morton Benning, author of Playing God

    Arboretum is a highly engaging read which challenges us to consider the possibility that the science we currently know could look very different from the perspective of one who understands it more fully. As Arthur C. Clarke says, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” What we now perceive as magic may just be science beyond what we currently understand.

  4. David Lergessner – Geography Lecturer (retired) Queensland University of Technology (verified owner)

    I have to admit this is probably the FIRST Science Fiction book I have ever read. What an introduction! What an imagination Ian has! What great geographical descriptions of landscapes and hazards!!!! Woke up at 2am this morning with about a third of the book still to read and had no hope of going back to sleep as I wanted to find out how the amazing story panned out. Highly recommend this book.

  5. Barry Chant, Author, Founder of Tabor College, Australia (verified owner)

    I just finished reading Ian Miller’s novel, Arboretum. I am impressed. Readers of CS Lewis’s sci-fi trilogy will obviously recognise the ‘Silent Planet’ idea. But Ian has taken it in quite a different direction and given it a new and original flavour. His use of language, his imagination, his perception, his skilful use of allegory—all are exceptional. In the first few pages, I wondered if the scientific concepts would be difficult for some readers (including me) who don’t have Ian’s scientific background. But his approach intrigued me and kept me coming back for more. I was eager to know where he was heading with it all and captivated by the analogies he drew—and the subtlety with which he drew them. I am looking forward to the subsequent volumes.

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