October 27, 2014
Okay, it's official -- this week sees the publication of my new book.
First things first: it is called Cronix, and is available as of the end of this week on Amazon, as an ebook.
Secondly, for those expecting a direct follow-up to Spiders of Allah, this one is science fiction. But don't be too surprised: the ideas for the book emerged directly from my time covering the holy wars in the Middle East and my research into the religions and mythologies of the region. After all, what better sci-fi monster than an unstable, adolescent god trying to impose his will on often reluctant subjects? It is also based on the extensive research I did into evolutionary psychology and the reasons we believe in gods, afterlives and, ultimately, ourselves.
The idea came to me as I was writing about all the people who fundamentally believe in an afterlife, and I thought: what if one actually existed? If it was somehow man-made? And what if evolution was still at work in this afterlife? From there, it just went wild. Here's the publisher's blurb:
"Recreational suicide bombings are on the rise, revellers in fancy dress are throwing themselves from the heights of the Empire State Building in increasing numbers. When scientists break the final frontier of Death and find a way for the soul to live incarnate forever, humanity leaves Earth with a bang, bound for a man-made paradise. On the Orbiters, supercomputers riding beyond the edge of Earth's atmosphere, these Eternals live out their wildest dreams or build fantastic idylls, free at last from the tyranny of Evolution.
Back on Earth, however, the man known to history simply as the Missing Link, has been hiding out in the woods. Luis Oriente was the product of an experiment to capture and synthesize the human mind. In ultra human form, Oriente has spent centuries fleeing his past, living a quiet life away from prying eyes.
But when a giant wolf disrupts the rhythm of his forest to deliver a cryptic message, Oriente is dragged back into the turbulent currents of the history he has tried so hard to avoid. Something is broken in paradise, and Evolution is not quite done with humanity yet."