…I’m delighted to have one of my favourite people aboard the blog, Author Lindsay Edmunds, and she is extremely capable of speaking for herself… here she is talking about her upcoming new offering, ‘WARNING’ : SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING’ :
One of the funniest things about fictional computers is how they work perfectly. And by “perfectly” I mean PERFECTLY, ALL THE TIME. When a movie star boots up a computer, he doesn’t have to wait ten minutes while it updates its software. Internet connections are always fast and never drop out. All software is bug free. The idea that machines are infallible is a very funny premise, as anyone who has ever used a machine knows all too well.
Fictional characters do not make errors either, not even typos. A fictional hero would not type “beef over hefty owl” for “before the fall” and then hit SEND. Never never never.
One of the few realistic elements in WARNING is the omnipresence of mistakes. They are a given. The e-beasts in Networld make errors and miscalculate. So do the humans in Earthworld. In fact, a mistake at a key time has enormous repercussions for both worlds, like Mrs O’Leary’s cow kicking over the lantern that started the Chicago fire.
THE BAD GUYS IN ‘WARNING’
My bad guys are a tribe of e-beasts named the Dreadful Night. Their roots are in fairy tales and old Warner Brothers cartoons. Mistakes are the realistic element in WARNING. The e-beasts are the fairy tale element.
The Dreadful Night live in Deep Networld, a secure and well-protected place. They are cruel and powerful, and believe themselves to be invincible. They call humans “wetware” and prank them constantly.
The Dreadfuls’ mantra is “wetware is stupid as moss.” Fooling moss that knows itself to be moss would not be funny. However, fooling moss that believes itself to be master of the universe is hilarious. They think arrogance is the most laughable human quality. However, arrogance is also their most laughable quality.
The people in WARNING have enough problems without being snubbed by Networld e-beasts. The United States was ravaged by another civil war and has been reassembled under the name of the Reunited States. The country is showing signs of coming undone again.
In spite of the hard times they endure, people get on with their lives. They have relationships, they do their jobs, they cope with the harshness and weirdness of their lives. This is what people do.
In addition to an entirely fantastic view of the Internet, WARNING also contains two bad poems and a 27-paragraph letter from a dead man.
Lindsay Edmunds blogs about machine intelligence, books and independent publishing, movies and TV, and life in southwestern Pennsylvania at Writer’s Rest.
WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING is her second science fiction novel. It is a dystopian fairy tale, which as far as she knows is a brand new genre. Its regular price will be $3.99. but it is on sale for $1.99 through January 19, 2014, at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.