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About the author: Michael J Lee

MICHAEL LEE is a qualified futurist, writer, business leader and artist living in Cape Town. His published books on how to study the future are Knowing our Future and Codebreaking our Future, both available on Amazon. He has written two science fiction works, Chrysalis, a story about the world's first head transplant, and Earthrise 2036, a part-documentary, part-imaginary journey through the evolution of humanity from the rawest of origins in the Cradle of Humankind to the age of space exploration.

Lee has been CEO of the ATM Industry Association (, which has over 11,000 members in about 70 countries, since 2005. He is chairperson of the Consortium for Next Gen ATMs which has over 275 companies participating in this future-proofing exercise to link over 3 million ATMs with more than 5 billion mobile phones.


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Chrysalis: A surgical sci-fi story about immortal potential

Chrysalis by author Michael Lee


Jerry Fischer is in a race against time. He has Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) and there is no known cure for his disease. His skeletal muscles are wasting away and now his heart is starting to weaken. But when professional cyclist Roy van Dijk is rendered brain-dead after an accident, three brain surgeons, who are ready to carry out the world’s first human head transplant, offer Fischer the chance of a second life with a completely new body, one free of the disease that is ruining his life.

Chrysalis takes the reader on a journey into the interior of the human body to witness the intricate surgery of a head transplant, while asking the question, “Can humans live forever and defeat disease and death by replacing bodies when they pack up?”

The novel is both a tense human drama and a philosophical search to find the source of immortality.

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“The authors have combined the skills of the physician and philosopher to explore what they believe to be the next step in human development.” - Dr John Paterson, Consultant Physician & Neurologist, Scarborough, East Yorkshire 


Earthrise 2036


Earthrise 2036 Kindle 1


It is one million years ago in the Cradle of Humankind. A small family of hominids is eking out a precarious existence on the sunbaked Southern African savannah when their son falls down a sinkhole during a bush fire and disappears below earth. Will mother, father and son ever be reunited?

From this raw, fast-paced prehistoric adventure, Earthrise 2036 invites the reader to go on a journey through evolutionary time to the dawn of nuclear power, vividly depicting the horror of Hiroshima after the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city at the end of World War 2. Then, with intense documentary realism, the novel enables the reader to relive the wonders of the first human spaceflight when Yuri Gagarin stunned the world by rocketing into orbit to see the whole earth as one for the first time in mankind's history.

Lee takes the reader deeper into the space age with a realistic depiction of the inaugural landing of humans on the Moon in a daring and epic achievement of modern science. The fifth and final section is pure science fiction as the novel explores the solar system with a spaceman who doesn't know if he is dead or alive and whether he's about to discover the greatest secret of the universe, namely, is it possible to travel at the speed of light and, if it is, what world waits beyond on the other side of light?

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