Today I’m thrilled to at long last announce my next book, a stand alone sprawling tale of memories, dreams, and time colliding. Over the past few years, I’ve been mostly focused on editing and polishing my stories in the Valice trilogy, and plan to hopefully get those out soon (and release the third book in the trilogy for the first time).
But in the meantime, I was also working on something more personal. I wanted to write a story that takes place in the future, but that is also anchored in our present, about an old successful businessman yearning for the days of the late 20th century as he lives out the rest of his years in New York City – a famed place that is on the precipice of being lost to the sea, its levels having risen dramatically over the past fifty years.
His product – DreamNet – revolutionized the world just as the melting ice caps did in a different way. Allowing users to share dreams and explore a vast virtual landscape together, worldwide – while asleep – has expanded imaginations and brought those last, untapped 8 hours of silence into the realm of social connectivity. Meanwhile, drones and other forms of automation work tirelessly outside, as people focus on saving their cities from the ocean.
The world in this book is neither cyber-punk or dystopian, though it takes some elements and inspirations from each. Its characters have very familiar emotions to ours, in a world sixty years out from our own, and I think it comes close, in the way both the inner and outer universes are explored, to making the past and future, dreams and memories, into tangible, touchable things.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be showing off the awesome artwork M did for the book and introducing the characters. I really do believe that I’ve written something special with this one.