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.
“I did not know that a work of mine could be escalated… into such stunning dimensions.”
Philip K. Dick wrote this letter after seeing his first glimpse of Blade Runner in a television segment. To the best of the family’s knowledge, this letter has never been previously released to the public.
TED Talk from Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, revealing what they learned from processing 5 million books.
Here’s a guest post that I put together for the fantastic @duolit Self Publishing Team about the pitfalls of quoting other artists in your work. Copyright is an extremely touchy subject and self-published authors need to take precautions to protect themselves.
“Let me make this perfectly clear. Unless you want to pay royalties to someone else, or you want to limit your print run (self-publishing e-suicide), you probably don’t want to quote lyrics.
I understand. It’s going to be different for you. You’ve heard this before from some other author who couldn’t get the job done. You’re going to quote your favorite artist and that artist is going to think your work is awesome and point to it and say, ‘Look. This guy quoted me. This book is awesome.’
No. No. No.”
Author Nicki J. Markus was kind enough to host a guest blog for me, in which I discuss the popularity of dystopian fiction. Included is a little armchair analysis of the Hunger Games.
”This is the first generation in a century that doesn’t think they’ll have it better than the generation before them. Very few of our problems are ever solved; the same things we complained about in the first decade of the new millennium, we’re still complaining about. And it’s amplified through the infinite internet/television/hollywood Moebius loop.”
‘Can history then be said to have an architecture, Hinton?’
From Hell (the 1990’s), artist: Eddie Campbell