the erased

About

The Erased is an e-book by Grant Piercy, available for the Amazon Kindle.

You’ve been imprisoned by a shadowy government project and your identity has been erased; the only question is why. Welcome Home.

In a dystopian society where severe laws are in place to regulate the media you’re allowed to view, anyone and anything can be erased. Most people get their information and entertainment from the Knowledgebase -- a computer network dubbed the “sum total of human knowledge.” But forces are at work to edit and shape the Knowledgebase as they see fit -- suppressing dissident thoughts and behaviors. Their clear target: a group of rebels who hide in plain sight and call themselves the Transhumans -- people who remote into androids illegally, and whose goal is to eventually transplant a human consciousness into an android.

In the middle of this stands 77, a prisoner who’s been asked to repair a broken android for his captors. Once he solves the mystery of this android, he may find the truth behind the Transhumans, the elusive Knowledgebase architects, and the erased.

The Erased presents a near-future parable for the media age, where the march toward merging with technology comes at a terrible price.

Author

Grant

I’m a self-published writer, originally from Illinois. I grew up in the orbit of the strange planet Chicago — just out of reach, but just close enough that it feels like home. Relocated to central Ohio to be with my wife about a decade ago, so I suppose Columbus is my home now. For a number of years, I’ve worked in the courseware development industry, creating educational materials for IT companies.

I’ve been writing since I was a kid on my Dad’s Apple II — sometimes tidbit stories based on dreams, sometimes raving, suicidal anecdotes from a depressed teenager, but most often about trying to find connection in a world in which I’ve often felt alien. It shouldn’t have been any surprise that, after failing to satisfactorily follow through on a massive tome more in common with a conspiratorial transgressive fiction novel, I gravitated toward science fiction, especially after discovering the work of Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut.

The first book I’ve self-published — The Erased — contains strands from all of the above influences. You might feel that yearning to connect that you’d see in the work of Chuck Palahniuk, the brevity of chapters and manic weaving of elements similar to Cat’s Cradle from Vonnegut, and of course, the android problem of PKD. Whether or not I actually continue on in science fiction is a different story. I’ve got other works-in-progress that will hopefully see the light of day.

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