A captivating, fresh envisioning of a climate-changed future seen from two starkly different cultural perspectives, The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to New New England & Beyond follows the paths of a runaway aristocrat, a Luddite tyrant, a spy seeking retribution, and a wandering historian unicycling north along the crumbling Boston Post Road.
Winner of the Watty Award: Newcomer Category 2017
Marto Boxter is a plucky journalist with a head full of implants. He is planning a unicycle ride from his town of Reverside-on-Hudson through the climate-altered communities of New New England, posting his thoughts in real time for his interconnected followers via technological telepathy. Before he can go on tour, a wanderer named Helen arrives with secret information that throws Marto’s placid world into turmoil.
Miles to the south, Barnabas Yoniver IV, the leader of a Luddite town launches a plot to disrupt the life of all upgraded human beings and bring them back to the traditional economy of markets and governments. Meanwhile, rival Luddite families plot to prevent Barnabas from grabbing too much power for himself.
This darkly humorous reflection of our changing world is an exploration of what it means to be human as our relationships with technology become increasingly intimate.
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.