It's the end of our way of life and some people are fine with that.
Society is split between two major factions. On one side are the hyper-local tribes of the Interconnected living in constant silent communication, wanting for little except increased reputation. On the other side are fiefdoms of Traditionalists who yearn for the age of market economies, fighting against what they perceive as anarchy. They pejoratively refer to their enemy as "xombies."
One such xombie is Marto. From his home along the Hudson, he is planning a unicycle ride through the climate-altered communities of New New England. Marto continually adds to his historical travel guide as he roams and has supporters throughout the Interconnected world. He pedals about, sharing his thoughts in real-time with his aficionadi. Before he can leave his home, he is met by a wayward visitor. Locked away in her head is a message from a mother Marto thought long dead as well as a warning of an imminent attack on the Interconnected tribes.
This darkly humorous reflection of our changing world is an exploration of what it means to be human as our relationships with technology, communication, and information become increasingly intimate.
“This delightful book is the creation of a huge talent and an important new voice in sci-fi.”
– Scott K. Andrews, author of the TimeBomb Trilogy
About the Author
I have spent most of my life as a touring songwriter. The music of my band, Jim's Big Ego, has been featured on NPR multiple times and I enjoy a cult following. Typically, when inspiration for a story struck, I wrote a song. Some years ago, the inspiration for a longer story hit me, and I decided to write a novel. When I'm not out touring, I write code and create websites for artists and small businesses. I live in Boston, MA with my wife and two young daughters. I am driven by the need to create something new and original. I have always been this way. In my songwriting career, I have endeavored to write lyrics that will catch the listener and encourage them to try out a new perspective on life. This is what drives my writing now. Speculative Fiction tends to focus on negative trends, but creating a compelling dystopia doesn't interest me. Like the present, the future will be a mix of good and bad. I try to imagine the good that might arrive in spite of all the bad because imagination is the first part of creation.