Monday, August 3, 2020

A Different Kind of Thriller

Cyberpunk.

The word conjures visions of cyborgs and neon streets, high-tech mercenaries and corporate fortresses. A world of high tech and low life, where life is cheap and thrills are fast, where megacorps promise a silicon heaven but deliver a chromed hell.

Or, if you are Amazon, litRPGs, space operas, superhero harems, anything and everything but cyberpunk.

Having built my career on science fiction and high-intensity action, cyberpunk should come as a natural fit. Cool tech, big guns, non-stop thrill ride, it should be a perfect genre for me. Certainly when I announced my intentions to go into cyberpunk, I saw messages expressing anticipation for a non-stop action fest.

I appreciate the sentiment. But with Singularity Sunrise, I wanted to go for a different kind of thriller.


Friday, July 24, 2020

Singularity Sunrise 1: EDENET available for preorder!

The 22nd century brings an era of technological wonders—and horrors. Cybernetics and genetic engineering. Mass surveillance and social credit. Full body cyborgs and nanoscale engineering. And the pinnacle of human achievement: machine intelligence.

Edenet is the next generation of the Internet. Designed by Anatol Corporation, it will bring the power of a supercomputer to the fingertips of every user, anywhere in the world. At the heart of Edenet lies a cutting-edge artificial intelligence that regulates all traffic on the network.

And one of its lead scientists has disappeared.

Fearing the worst, Anatol hires psychic contractor James Morgan to track her down. Accompanying him is Eligia Ogrod, the mysterious assistant to Anatol’s CEO. Their investigation takes them through the militarized streets of Warsaw, a corporate fortress in Shenzhen, and the human hives of Hong Kong.

Morgan is no stranger to intrigue. Yet the deeper he digs, the more questions emerge. Who is Eligia Ogrod? What does Anatol want?

And what is the truth behind Edenet?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Updated Call for Submissions: Pulp on Pulp

Misha Burnett and I are working on a free collection of essays for writers. Titled Pulp on Pulp, this collection offers practical advice on creating fun, fast-paced fiction. This collection is aimed specifically at writers who want to create pulp-style fiction, though writers from other genres may learn something new from this collection.

This project is a labour of love, allowing writers to share everything they have learned. It is a non-paying project, but all accepted authors will have the opportunity to promote their own works. We won't say we are offering exposure, rather that we are simply providing an opportunity to help everyone improve their craft.

After the initial call for submissions, we are still looking for material and contributors. There is now no fixed deadline. Instead, submissions will close when we have received enough material for a collection.

The criteria is simple. We want to see essays about how to create good stories. That's it. But we are keeping the collection focused on writing, and only writing.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Singularity Sunrise Book 1 Cover and Blurb Reveal!



The 22nd century brings an era of technological wonders—and horrors. Cybernetics and genetic engineering. Mass surveillance and social credit. Full body cyborgs and nanoscale engineering. And the pinnacle of human achievement: machine intelligence.

Edenet is the next generation of the Internet. Designed by Anatol Corporation, it will bring the power of a supercomputer to the fingertips of every user, anywhere in the world. At the heart of Edenet lies a cutting-edge artificial intelligence that regulates all traffic on the network.

And one of its lead scientists has disappeared.

Fearing the worst, Anatol hires psychic contractor James Morgan to track her down. Accompanying him is Eligia Ogrod, the mysterious assistant to Anatol’s CEO. Their investigation takes them through the militarized streets of Warsaw, a corporate fortress in Shenzhen, and the human hives of Hong Kong.

Morgan is no stranger to intrigue. Yet the deeper he digs, the more questions emerge. Who is Eligia Ogrod? What does Anatol want?

And what is the truth behind Edenet?

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SINGULARITY SUNRISE Book 1: EDENET is in the final stages of production! Now it's in the copyediting and formatting stages.

It is on track for a release at the end of the month. Backers will receive the ebook edition at least 2 weeks ahead of the market.


If you haven't backed the campaign yet, it's not too late! You can pre-order it on IndieGoGo here!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Between the Mythical and the Mechanical


Fantasy, Science Fiction, Forward, Ufo, Spaceship

Today when people think of science fiction and fantasy, chances are, they think of two separate genres. Science fiction, the genre of starships and computers and technology. Fantasy, the genre of knights and dragons and castles. Two distinct genres, and never the twain shall meet. The meeting of the two, science fantasy, was the exception, the red-headed stepchild, never part of the mainstream.

This wasn’t always the case.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Singularity Sunrise is a GO!


Singularity Sunrise is 150% funded!

It's an amazing result, easily my best-performing crowdfunding campaign to date. I'm grateful for the support of my fans and readers. Together we have made the dream of the Singularity a reality.

In addition, having hit the stretch goal, I will now be able to work on the first story of my next series, The Swordbreaker Saga. This series combines the best of the cultivation and cyberpunk genres to create an IP unlike anything ever seen before.

The saga follows Li Ming, a newcomer to the world of warriors. An armed escort, he roams the Central Continent, hiring out his skills as a bodyguard, monster hunter, and bounty hunter. With his swordbreaker, he will protect the innocent and deliver justice to the wicked.

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Obsolescence of Man and the Search for the Soul



In the world of Singularity Sunrise, where robotics and AI threaten to replace humans in every major field, one of the few things that cannot be quantified, mechanised and reproduced by machines is psychic powers.

Don't expect Hollywood-or anime-type powers here. In this universe, psychic powers are the outgrowth of research projects like Project Stargate, investigating the potential of the mind to gather information through extra-sensory perception. Government psychics serve as spies, interrogators, or in other capacities that allow them to best utilise their gifts.