TEARS IN RAIN 2049 – 20:49 20/10

TEARS IN RAIN 2049 COVER

The full eBook will be posted here for free on .PDF (and ePub) at 20:49 on 20/10.

A sequel five years in the making. Alongside a sequel thirty-five years in the making.

It follows several strands: a very personal thorough look at my relationship with Blade Runner, new analyses and thoughts on the film, a review of my 2012 book and an attempt to contextualise, and also a comprehensive review of Blade Runner 2049.

I always keep my promises. Eventually.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Decide on my next novel

I wrote Trimalchio about two years ago and ever since then I’ve been experimenting with screenplays and playwright nonsense. Did some poems and some drafts of some other stuff. Except I’ve not put out anything substantial writing-wise since then. Maybe I should apologize for that but, you know, I’ve been kind of busy. But since those two years I have had the time to write a few things and have been transfixed on quite a few ideas. There’s a problem though in that I can’t settle on what to do next. See, I’m quite a way into three novels. Yes, novels. I’m doing one of those things again.

So I need your help in deciding which one to continue on and finish with. This will likely take up the bulk of a year or probably more. Actually, yeah, probably just a bit more. But I need to settle on a story to write and rewrite. So here are the three stories that have been turning over my head the most. And attached is a sample chapter or prologue for each of them. Read them all or just one of them or none at all, there’s some blurbs below if you can’t be bothered. There’s a poll at the end of this post so just vote for whichever one you like the best. I’ll have a look at the results in two weeks or something.

Forgive the mistakes of grammar, spelling and otherwise. The final versions of the chapters below will be much more well polished. Consider the genre, themes, characters and the general ‘feel’ of the stories.

TOWARDS A WORLD UNKNOWN

Drifting out of the Solar System, Noah Frost and Sydney Kim must pluck together impossible courage to steer mankind through centuries of sleep. They share their dreams with Charles Osgood Frederickson, an ancient mind in control of the ship Theseus, aiding them to glide humanity out of extinction. Yet in the blurring image of the Earth they once knew, the last two humans will have to wrestle with impossible dreams and wage psychological warfare against an insane computer program in order to save everything they know.

Towards A World Unknown – Sample Chapter

TRAIN

A lone wanderer walks into his hundredth year to find his face still young. One forgotten young boy grows aged and bitter, with dynamite anger stirring inside him. When these two collide, continents will shift and gods will fall from the sky. Alongside, two young boys must come face to face with the realities of heroism, and must harness unusual abilities to fight back against the stir of the shadows. An existential twist on the superhero genre.

Train – Sample Prologue

SPLIT

A charismatic billionaire embarks on the ultimate vanity project but finds himself cornered by a vision of himself. Amidst identity crisis and self-destruction, he must pick up the pieces of his past to recover exactly who he is.

Split – Sample Chapter

Vote for the name of my next book

I’m still playing around with titles for my next book, which will be another film theory dissection, on the topic of American Psycho (the 2000 film). It will carry the sub-title of ‘An Exploration of Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000)‘. I am leaning towards Devil’s Advocate as the main title, but I think it’ll be best to just let you lot decide.

As stated before, the book will release in four parts with the first part releasing at the end of this month.

Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Two production underway

I am happy to announce that the planning of Volume Two of Up, Down, Left, Right is now complete. We are ready to rock, roll and write. I’ve quizzed my old buddy Juan Houter about designing the new box art and he’s up for the task, already getting to work on some concepts involving a SNES styled cover.

Volume One encompasses detailing why video-games are art, how they’re a viable medium and the ways that people can take in order to become a part of the movement. In a sense, it does what it says on the tin and serves as an introduction to video-games as something more.

Volume Two will talk about something else, hence the Python reference of “And now for something completely different.” that will appear on the cover. The main topic is the power, problems and solutions surrounding interactivity and interactive storytelling. It’s more meaty than Volume One with each section having five essays instead of four.

My plans for Volume Three are already taking shape and I’m planning to sit down to plan that out after writing Volume Two and the super secret project. I am currently thinking it will be about video-game journalism and legitimizing us as an artistic expression. I’m not sure, yet, it’s planned for December 2011 but it’ll probably shift.

Volume Two of Up, Down, Left, Right will release late July of this year. After that I’ll begin work on the super secret project that will be completely different and astronomically difficult to what I’ve been currently writing. You’ll all like it though, I hope y’all do.

Thanks, readers, you make me smile seeing my stats go up everyday.

A preview of Volume Two some-time in June, I think.