In the Shadow of Prometheus

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SO, WHAT THE HECK IS A PHILOSOPHICAL SCIENCE FANTASY NOVEL ANYWAY?
— PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY

Have you ever heard of such a thing? Of course not.

It sounds like the name of that generic-brand insulin medication your second aunt’s ‘third opinion’ doctor dropped on the floor before saying “Doesn’t count. Five-seconds rule.”

But still, bear with me...

In this post-modern era, there seems to be this horrible pessimistic assumption that everything under the sun has already been accomplished—at least artistically-speaking. That always seemed insane to me. First, stories of women of color are profoundly underrepresented in the shelves of our local bookstores. Their stories are not the same as those of white men, even when things are going well. Second, the philosophical novel fell out of the mainstream forever ago, but… you know… people are still doing philosophy… some of it is even good!

And third, though sci-fi is undeniably great, it is still an extremely dogmatic genre. Just plain-old science fantasy is still considered niche! As if speaking about the fantastical and the future in the same breath were some strange curiosity of an idle mind.

No. Technological optimism is not the only futurist framework under the sun. There is still so much uncharted territory to explore.

So what does philosophical science fantasy look like then, you might ask? Well, we just made it up, so right now it looks like 1000 hours of caffeine-fueled madness and mild hair loss. ;)

If you want to know how that looks in-print, check out my synopsis.

QUESTION

WHAT IS IT?
AND SHOULD I TRUST IT?

ANSWER

IT’S SOMETHING NEW.
AND THAT’S A GOOD THING.

 

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Illustrations by John Sumrow. Cover design by Raven Gill.