The all-new Infinimata Press edition of my psychological thriller / fantasy / headtrip is now for sale!
I'm pleased to announce the "remastered" version of Welcome To The Fold, with new cover art and tweaked innards, under the Infinimata Press brand, is now available in both recycled-tree and recycled-electron versions.
For those who don't know about it yet, here is The Blurb:
When a young woman joins an underground street-theater movement with plans to change the world, her boyfriend follows her in to "rescue" her ... only to find it may cost both of them their personalities, and maybe also their lives.
Annika always wanted to be someone else. One day, she found a way to do exactly that: join "Sunderlands", a live-action role-playing game based on the best-selling fantasy series. All unauthorized, all underground ... and all for the sake of creating a world where heroes were possible again.
Renton loved Annika just as she was. When she vanished into the game, he followed her in to get her back. What he didn’t expect to find was a plot to rewrite the stories of their lives from the inside out. And the stories of everyone else’s lives as well.
Of all my books, this is one of the two or three I'm most proud of right now. If you like it -- or even if you don't! -- say something on Goodreads about it and help spread word!
Two cheers for democracy, and all that.
Among the bits of nonsense you'll see flying around these days is a variant on one that is not new, but never quite manages to die: the idea that democracy is no better than the alternatives, so you might as well go for a system where you're at least guaranteed some "stability". You know, like a monarchy. Or a dictatorship.
How everything from research on cults to classic shōjō manga fed into 'Welcome To The Fold.'
Most of the books in my catalog have multiple influences, but they all tend to flow into one thing: the book itself. Welcome To The Fold has multiple inspirations, but each one flows into one of the two halves of the story: the modern-day, here-and-now part; and the story-within-the-story that is pure fantasy. Each of those are informed by drastically different things.
No good teacher worth their salt says "Don't do X." They say, "If you do X, this is what's involved."
The other night we were talking about bad writing teachers, especially those who provide most of their advice in the form of "Don't". I said: No good teacher worth their salt says "Don't do X." They say, "If you do X, this is what's involved."
How my new book 'Unmortal' started as "a fantasy story that discovers it's actually cyberpunk", and is now that plus something different.
Every time I sit down to work on something new, it drifts off course. This isn't a bad thing! It's part of the natural evolution of any project; it goes hand-in-hand with it changing from a Nice Idea to an Actual Completed Piece Of Work.
On the dual-world setting and double-life people in 'Welcome To The Fold'.
In the first installment in this series, I talked about the basic ideas: a story about roleplaying games, in the sense that it was also about the impulse to be someone and somewhere else. The original idea, as incarnated in my unfinished screenplay version of the story, went like this:
How my new novel 'Welcome To The Fold' started as an attempt to address roleplaying games in fiction.
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to write a story about roleplaying games -- not one where RPG mechanics drove the story (e.g., the "LitRPG" trend now in vogue), or one about a gang of friends getting together to play every so often. In re that last, The Four-Day Weekend felt like it covered similar enough territory, for a different shared enthusiasm, that I didn't feel I needed to throw another bucket into that well. But instead I wanted to write something about roleplaying, about how the longing to be someone else, somewhere else, could become either a boon or a bane, and without making it into a modernized version of moral-panic dreck like Rona Jaffe's Mazes And Monsters.
The remastered version of my novel 'Welcome To The Fold' is almost done!
Okay, a short respite from the cauldron of molten lead we're all being collectively drowned face-down in. Proof copies of the newly remastered edition of Welcome To The Fold arrived over the weekend!
New editions of 'Welcome To The Fold' and 'Flight Of The Vajra' are coming.
Against many rather distracting odds, I dug out some time for myself and prepared the new editions of Welcome To The Fold and Flight Of The Vajra. Proof editions for both should be headed by way in the next week or so, and if they're good then I'll OK them and have the Kindle editions approved at the same time.
On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.
If you're anything like me, it's been horseshoe-close to impossible to concentrate on anything this week. I scarcely need to say why.
A friend of mine said something along the lines of, "Our kids will never believe a word of any of this when they ask us what it's like." I thought about it and said, "Or they will, but they'll find it quaint, because everything they're living through will be even worse."
The other line I hear all the time is, "If this were a story, nobody would believe a word of it." I think about that one a lot, too, and I suspect the reason all of this has seemed so nightmarishly, freakishly, implausibly crazy is because we're not seeing the real common threads that tie it together and make it possible. Or, for that matter, inevitable.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind