What Is "The Year of the Angry Rabbit"?

"The Year of the Angry Rabbit" is a humorous science-fiction novel that was written by Australian author Russell Braddon. Originally published in 1964, the novel satirized capitalism, nationalism and war, which are topics that are as relevant now as they were in the 1960s. At the time of publication, the novel was set in the distant future of 1999.

In the book, Australia becomes the most-feared nation in the world for unusual reasons. This fear is driven by the Australian prime minister's decision to use giant mutated rabbits as war machines to eradicate war from other counties.

When the book was first released, it helped to promote science fiction novels in Australia and was made into a movie called "Night of the Lepus." The movie kept somewhat close to the storyline of the book. However, it differed in that the book is riddled with biting satire, while all humor was dropped from the movie, making it a horror film.

Because the book was published in the 1960s and because it never gained widespread popularity, finding copies of the novel is difficult. This has led to some of those who do have copies offering it for sale online for exorbitant prices.