Everyone loves Survivalist, a live-action, virtual reality show based on Arc Entertainment's The Game, where cybernetically controlled zombies do battle in a video arcade in the middle of a Long Island wasteland. In fact, it's to die ...
Everyone loves Survivalist, a live-action, virtual reality show based on Arc Entertainment's The Game, where cybernetically controlled zombies do battle in a video arcade in the middle of a Long Island wasteland. In fact, it's to die for.
If you're rich enough, you can buy your way in. If you're desperate enough, you can volunteer to become one of the Undead Players. Jessie Daniels and her gang of computer hackers plan to break their way in.
Welcome to GAMELAND. Access Restricted.
EPISODE 2: Failsafe
Jessie and Kelly clash after one of their group gets stranded among the Infected Undead, forcing Kelly to make a rash decision which will ultimately deliver them into the hands of those who would turn them all into mindless players in The Game.
Failsafe is the second book in the hi-tech dystopian thriller GAMELAND. Structured on television's The Walking Dead and Law and Order, the nearly 400,000-word series consists of eight individual episodes, first published monthly between May and December 2012. All are available digitally in single and multi-episode packages, as well as in an omnibus edition.
Not recommended for readers under age 15.
Want more GAMELAND?
For insight into the world of GAMELAND, including how it all started, check out the short story Golgotha, available individually in digital format as well as in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors, by the same author.
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts from the Golgotha recordings.
Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a six-year-old girl-turned-zombie, who has been trapped in a bathroom... until her inadvertent release twelve years later (by Jessie in Episode 4 of GAMELAND). Cassie has something she needs to do, something she's been thinking about for a long, long time. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.
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This series is getting very interesting. These episodes feature a dark future, a big-brother type goverment like in 1984, zombies under goverment control (or are they?) and a strange game that hooks the masses.
- May Water
I have to confess that yes, the zombie/techno/Gameland aspect is quite intriguing, but I am secretly following the up and down relationship between our heroine Jessie and her sweetheart Kelly. Yes, I'm a girl :) This series is my first taste of zombie literature. The whole genre never really appealed to me. I get scared easily. But this author is doing a great job of keeping the scary parts balanced with the human touch.
- Glinda Harrison
Wow! This is so not your typical zombie book! This one really is starting to ratchet up the tension. If this pace keeps up, I will have a really hard time waiting for all the episodes. I have no idea where this is going and I love it!
- M. Nicholas
Failsafe (episode 2) is a great continuation of episode 1 in Gameland. Tanpepper continues the great story with detail, awesome character development and a continuing good story line!
- Michael Guerini
Just about half way through episode 2 and this story is getting better by the page. Saul Tanpepper is really delivering with Gameland!! Strongly recommended!
eFiction magazine calls Saul an author armed with "a PhD and a whacked out sense of humor."
Saul spent his formative years in a leaky century-old house overlooking the Erie Canal in Upstate New York. His bedroom was a refurbished attic, which he shared with all manner of creatures, not all, he is convinced, flesh and blood.
After bouncing around the US and Europe for several years, he settled down to pursue a career in the sciences, opting to study the mysteries of human molecular genetics. But even positions as an experimental biologist, teacher, manager and biotech entrepreneur couldn't keep him from his true passion as a storyteller.
He now writes speculative fiction full time from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although his house is now attic-less and waterproof, he continues to be haunted by a variety of creatures, including a wife, kids, four dogs, three cats, six chickens, a wayward rooster, and one very grumpy possum. They are all flesh and blood.
Except, maybe, for the possum, which he's convinced is the reincarnated spirit of Jack Torrance.