It’s from Discworld. The Luggage is from Discworld. I didn’t realise it at first, but somehow, subconsciously, I always wanted a storage bin to follow me around and eat people. Okay, maybe the last part needs a bit of tweaking, but still.
Pratchett’s stories have always been an escape for me. I absolutely adore Tiffany Aching, a little witch-in-training with whom I can totally relate. But the Luggage was a bit of Discworld that I always enjoyed, that unstoppable force, that magical trunk that overcame mountains and deserts to get back to his owner.
I love my Luggage. It rolls behind me, carrying my stuff like a faithful servant. No more aching shoulders, no more tingly fingers from all the heavy groceries. I love its blue LEDs, the whirring of its servos.
I LOVE IT.
It doesn’t love me back. The AI is not quite there yet, but I’ve done a few mods. We’ll see. It’s learning already.
Yeah, I noticed the trend and it bugs me a little. No, people, dystopian doesn’t mean post-apocalyptic. Post-ap is something after a major catastrophe, dystopian means Orwellian surveillance nightmare. You know, kinda like the God Complex Universe.
Sometimes the two genres overlap like in the Hunger Games, but one does not necessarily mean the other. Anyway, here are some grim and post-apocalyptic books for you to choose from.
You’ll find all that, and most importantly, you’ll find it across all major retailers. Yeah, we’ve made it the norm.
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Any shop you prefer, we’re on it. First weekend of November only, 5-6 Nov. Get ready cause it’s closing in fast.
The SFF Mega Promo, organised by Irish author Dean F. Wilson, is one of the biggest on the internet, with over 100 authors participating, giving you, the reader, the very best in speculative fiction — for free!
Here are three selected titles on offer. There are dozens to choose from!
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Yes, mythical creatures now have their own Twitter profiles. Feel free to follow her, if you dare.
In the story Erinyes, Mahi is a self-adoring teenager who, just like most teenagers these days, only cares about the amount of likes and retweets that she gets on her (admittedly hot) selfie pics.
The entity she notices on her selfies is becoming more and more solid, until it actually starts chasing her non-stop. That entity is Erinyes, and she chases her victims precisely every 109 minutes for one frantic minute of intense manhunt. Along with her friend, Deppy, a remarkably tech-savvy girl in her cutesy personality, and the enigmatic Prodromos, a conspiracy-theorist rebel hacker, Mahi has to find out the truth behind an insane corporate conspiracy while Erinyes is following her. Possibly forever.
We decided to see if our readers are a bunch of tough guys, or romantic wussies. We figured, “love is what everybody wants, superpowers is what everybody craves, what if we could make people pick only one?” What happens then? BLAM, this concept came up. All that happened years ago, it is coming to fruition in 2015.
Take the quick poll and let’s see which one prevails!
Take a look at the results and let’s talk about it in the comments!
This is the first time we present this project, so here is the description:
Two teenagers in love are separated for the first time in their lives, and they find out that they have superpowers when they are apart.
The young man wants to become a motocross racer, the young woman wants to go to Venice to become an expert glass-smith. Their paths lead them apart, but as soon as they separate they find out that they negate each other’s superpower. In a world forever changed, with a clever organized-crime boss at their tail, they must decide what is best, love or superpowers.
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Hello you. Yes, you. You are a Mythographer. But who are you exactly?
They say that when you write you need to envision your ideal reader. To come up with the traits that make up the perfect person for whom who are writing and who will judge, love, treasure your books and anxiously wait for more.
So I decided to come up with my ideal reader. Soon to become viewer as well, because we have some movie projects in post-production.
I will call you a Mythographer, because “ideal reader” is clunky.
Now, this is not in any way perfect and I expect things to change. But I want to give it a try at least.
First of all, you are European.
And by European I don’t necessarily mean coming from Europe, but rather having the qualities many Europeans have. You are multilingual, at least bilingual. You appreciate history and culture because you come from a country which borders people with similar powerful cultural histories. You are an inventor, you want to know how that thingamajiggy works! You are an explorer, even if your life circumstances allow it only via reading. The explorer trait stuck with me when viewing the Rosetta mission update, in which a scientist said that Europeans are explorers at heart. It’s true.
Secondly, you like science fiction.
You don’t necessarily have a science degree, but you love reading about space and lightsabers and aliens and marvelous machines. You love the characters who live in such a world daily, fighting towards a higher goal. Honestly, our myths are not that hard sci-fi (which means very plausible and with well defined scientific limitations), so it should be easy for a layman to follow most of the tech involved. But there is always a priority to make the science fiction make sense, so usually it involves real, hard sci-fi.
You have a critical mind.
You might notice that a prominent feature of our work has to do with gods. In case it’s not clear from the general “God Complex” title we have slapped all over everything, these are false gods. They think they are gods. They delude themselves, their megalomania being the driving force behind every story. And so, the theme is “Corporations get a god complex” but really, to tell a human story we must focus on humans. So, what can a man with a god complex do, when he has the power of a corporation? Think about it. Just like “1984”, this is a warning, not a manual.
You do not get hung up in genre.
Our works are genre-hopping by default. One is a thriller for quarter-life crisis, the other is a young adult mystery, the next is an action bloody mess. They are all encompassed by the general theme of science fiction, light cyberpunk and Greek mythology. Also, something that surprises many people is that we are also doing video production. We have in store a few short movies and planning to complete a feature length movie soon. We have an idea for a comic book if we find the right artist. I know some people say, “Oh, I read only murder-mysteries” and things like that. You are not a mythographer then, sorry. Move along.
You want to change the world.
You are a creator, a maker, an artist, a writer, anything. He who does not create, only destroys. That is my personal mantra and I believe that my ideal reader will think like that as well.
You do not mind a healthy dose of blood and sperm.
Yes, you read that correctly. Ancient Greek drama is bloody and sexy as hell. Modern classics are all filled with healthy doses of sex and violence. Everything must be in moderation. Profanity is a part of life. A character getting shot in the leg and yelling “Gosh damn it!” is unrealistic and comical. A person, when hurt, will swear. A lot. A fuck-ton. If you take out the violence and blood from a story that should have them front and centre, you end up with a downward spiral like the Die-Hard pentalogy.
You want to support the type of entertainment you love.
We don’t mind if you pirate one thing, or gather only the freebies during our many promotions. We need you at some point to say, here, I like what you are doing, take my $2.99 for the next thing. Also ideally, you need to write a quick review at anyplace you prefer. It will help greatly. Because, in the end, if you don’t support what you love, no one will. There will be no more coming of the thing you love. Every time you buy a book from us, you make the next one happen.
This is by no means exhausting, it’s just a little thought exercise. If by any change you are a mythographer but are very different from the things I write here, go ahead and prove me wrong in the comments.
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Help publish Erinyes, the novel that pokes back at our modern world.
What is this about?
When a sheltered teenager starts noticing a hazy face following her in her photographs, she begins to investigate an urban legend. But will she uncover the truth when she gets in trouble with a technology corporation, when an enigmatic hacker starts telling her conspiracy theories and when the hazy face becomes all too real and starts chasing her non-stop?
This is a novel about the modern world, but like all sci-fi novels it is not exactly of this world. Set roughly around 2018 in Athens, it shows an unexpected turn of the Greek crisis and the effects it has on the people. And since the young people are really all that matters regarding the future, the focus is on them.
That selfie might come back to haunt you.
The story is about technology and myth and how that changes our lives. If you think of our modern technology being so intrusive that literally changes our personalities and our lives, doesn’t that make it as powerful as a myth?
What are Erinyes?
You might know them better as Furies, but that is their Latin name. They are the female chthonic deities of vengeance. Wikipedia.
In the novel, young Mahi gets tormented by Erinyes for her sins. What are her sins exactly? Wait for the novel and find out.
Will there be a paper book version?
That is not scheduled at the moment. This is after all a novel that bathes happily in its technological microcosm. We are more interested in publishing the ebook first in its complete form. Of course when that is done we will explore various publishing methods and might manage to get the paper book to you. As a backer, you will be notified as soon as that happens and will also benefit from an exclusive discount.
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