Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Martial Arts of Singularity Sunrise

 

How do you fight a full-body cyborg with unbreakable bones, Olympian muscles, superhuman reflexes, and the stamina of an Energizer battery?

Pop culture grappled with this question in games, movies, books, manga and more, with varying degrees of realism. At one end of the scale, we have the patently ridiculous, with superpowered cybernetic demi-gods using swords, brute strength, or NANOMACHINES, SON to indulge in hand-to-hand combat. At the grittier end of the scale, they try to insert nearly-plausible 'science' into fighting styles, or resort to Hollywood-fu.

Battle Angel Alita -- the manga, not the movie -- has cyborgs battling each other in the wastelands with a variety of martial arts. The most famous among them is Panzerkunst, developed by cyborgs for cyborgs, designed for use in micro- and low-gravity environments. The least-known art is koppo, an anti-cyborg martial art practiced by Figure Four, using 'oscillation strikes' originating from the elbow to deal fatal blows to cyborgs.

Neither art is meant to be believable. They give the character a distinct way of moving and fighting, which might be invaluable in a visual media. But in a hard science fiction setting like Singularity Setting, that will not do. To survive, characters must rely on martial principles, not psuedo-science and technobabble.

Ghost in the Shell is lauded as a visionary cyberpunk work, going into tremendous detail and extrapolating some real-world science. In the anime, plural, fight scenes show a mix of of striking and acrobatics, with a touch of grappling, explained away by the actors being superhuman cyborgs.

James Morgan, protagonist of Singularity Sunrise, is only human.


Monday, April 27, 2020

The New Dystopia




The government is always watching you.
And the people too.
Today, mass surveillance is a way of life. CCTVs, government censors, smartphones, smart home appliances, everything with an Internet connection and data collection capability is silently watching and recording you. China is rolling out a social credit system; if it succeeds, other countries will follow suit.
The world of Singularity Sunrise takes these technologies and extrapolates them into the far future.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

SINGULARITY SUNRISE is FUNDED!



I'm astonished and grateful by the support I've received. This campaign is easily the best-performing crowdfunding campaign I've carried out. SINGULARITY SUNRISE is heading into full pre-production mode.

Going forward, let's talk stretch goals. SINGULARITY SUNRISE is complete. Most crowdfunding campaigns would offer additional stories and content, but the way the series is written, adding more stories would only bulk it out without additional content. I don't add flab to stories for its own sake. So we're going to do something different.

We'll fund the first book of my next series.

SAGA OF THE SWORDBREAKER is a cultivation series with a cyberpunk twist. It is a journey of a young man making his way as an armed escort in a high-tech fantasy world mired in a degenerate age.

In a world obsessed with wealth, power and immortality, Li Ming strives for peace and harmony within and around him, delivering justice at the point of his swordbreaker.

But before he becomes an escort, before he even receives his signature swordbreaker, Li Ming was first a soldier.

A sergeant in the Special Military Police, his mission was to defend the innocent from monsters and criminals too dangerous for the regular police to handle. He served with honor and distinction, employing his martial talents to the fullest.

One week before the end of his term of service, Li Ming is called up for one last mission.

A powerful secret society has seized control of an urban slum. The Special Military Police have been ordered to pacify the area and neutralize the criminal element. It is the most dangerous mission in his career, but Li Ming is up to the task.

Or so he thinks.

DAYS OF FIRE is the explosive prologue of a new cyberpunk cultivation series.  This stretch goal will be unlocked at $1800 -- a funding level of 150%. ALL backers will receive a digital copy ONE YEAR ahead of the market.

Yes, you read that right. DAYS OF FIRE was originally planned to be released in 2021, after SINGULARITY SUNRISE. This book hasn't been written yet. But if we hit the stretch goal, I will prioritise writing this story, and I will deliver it to backers ONE YEAR before its official publication.


If you love martial arts, explosive action, and a pulpy blend of technology and magic, DAYS OF FIRE is for you! Back SINGULARITY SUNRISE here and spread the word!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Where Politics and Business Collide

In cyberpunk fiction, megacorps rule the world.

But in our world, why would they?

Old-school cyberpunk fiction was framed as a critique of hypercapitalism. Megacorporations have the same political clout as governments, if not more so. They are the true rulers of the world. Their word is law, and their agents are above the law. With this power, they...

Push an endless cycle of products?

If so, why would they need to rule the world?

And, conversely, if they aim to rule the world, why would they focus on pushing products as well? Governance requires a much different mindset from business, and with it a different set of strategies and skills.

And if they want to do both, why not just divide the labour like true hypercapitalists would?

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Story of SINGULARITY SUNRISE

The Singularity is coming.

A future of unfathomable technological change awaits. But will it be a future of liberty and abundance? Or a future ruled by tyrants and cold machines?

This is the question at the heart of my latest series SINGULARITY SUNRISE. A five-book cyberpunk espionage saga, it is a globe-trotting adventure packed with psychic spies, killer bots, and superintelligent artificial intelligences. You can find back it on IndieGoGo here.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Singularity is Coming!





The Singularity is coming.

A future of unfathomable technological progress awaits.

But will it be a future of freedom and abundance? Or a future ruled by tyrants and cold machines?
SINGULARITY SUNRISE is a post-cyberpunk espionage thriller series, coming soon on IndieGoGo. Psychic spies, elite mercenaries, killer robots, megacorps, and an AI in search of a soul converge in a five-book saga to decide the future of the human race.

Sign up on the pre-launch page here to be notified when the campaign begins on 17 April. All subscribers will receive a FREE short story plus exclusive perks!

If you enjoyed Ghost in the Shell and Neuromancer, you'll love SINGULARITY SUNRISE. Sign up early and spread the word!







Thursday, April 9, 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Sale!

Singapore has gone into lockdown.

The government calls it a 'circuit breaker'. With private and public gatherings banned, nonessential services shut down, eateries restricted to takeaways, it might as well be a lockdown.

My whole family has been affected by these shutdowns. Myself included. To keep the lights on, I'm pivoting towards my books and author services.

Enter the Coronavirus Lockdown Book Sale!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Free Ebook Giveaway!

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Once a psychic spy, James Morgan wants nothing more than to explore Osaka in peace.
But when a chance encounter with a gang of yakuza ends in bloodshed, he is cast out into the cold.
Can a psychic find a place in a world of machines?
ONCE A PSI is the prequel of my upcoming cyberpunk espionage series SINGULARITY SUNRISE, exclusive to newsletter subscribers.
To get your copy, sign up for my newsletter here!