Near-future SF with intent
My second novel, ‘Day Zero,’ is near-future SF with revolutionary and philosophical themes. It’s not just extrapolative in a material sense, although this was taken seriously to enhance the ‘effect of reality’; the novel also has a strong soft SF angle as it focuses on extrapolating qualities about agency and our relationship to our envorinments and to the future. This is all drawn out through a focus on the main characters’ determination to make substantive changes to environments and the future through their dedicated and persistent efforts and the outcomes of their R&D programmes.
The blog reviews
Aidan Taylor edited and proofed ‘Day Zero’ and its sequel ‘Agent Zero,’ and then (without being asked!) went on to write reviews for them on his blog! What I like about Aidan isn’t just that he’s a good editor/proofreader and that he has provided me with quality and honest feedback, nor that he’s an SF fan (which is a real bonus)… it’s that he understands what I wrote and, importantly, why I wrote it:
Both books are very intelligent reads and spoken from an academic standpoint. These books are highly informative, chilling, and motivating for those of us who care to see the future change, and I am eager to read more in this series. Though not for light reading, I would recommend these books to anyone active in positive change for the future, and to whoever asks what can be done to avoid a dystopian future; also to get a few good ideas as to what should be done to avoid it. Read more here…
Sometimes, people can get wrapped up in what was written and forget why it was written. I’m just glad that these books are able to communicate the ‘why’ and particularly that Aidan got it!
It’s true, as Aidan goes on to say, these books aren’t scifi in the pejorative; instead, they’re speculative fiction (The difference is something that I’ve written about at length.). What’s more, they weren’t written at the 9th grade level with a 9th grade narrative structure and 9th grade narrative themes.
The soon-to-be ‘New World’ trilogy
If you’re looking for serious and hard-hitting philosophical SF with a future angle that integrates extrapolation at the hard and the soft levels, then give ‘Day Zero’ and ‘Agent Zero’ a chance to persuade you of their intent.
The third and final book in the ‘New World’ trilogy will be released by the end of the year.
Thanks for the reviews Aidan!
If you’d like a review copy, just contact me and I’ll send an epub or mobi file through. Thank you…!