The modern world is strange. This is so obvious as to have become a truism. But it’s important, I think, to explore that strangeness. And, I propose to do that on at least a few levels.
First, I’m a writer of mostly science fiction. SciFi, and speculative fiction in general, is an essential tool for understanding the world we live it. It’s not prediction, no one remotely sane wants to be in that business. But it is a mirror, and as clouded and dark as that mirror is, it still offers glimpses of truth that straight reportage cannot.
I’ve had one short story published in The Puzzlebox Collection by Sockdolager, about a D-List Batman villain re-imagined as an Elizabethan serial killer. I have a few short stories currently looking for a home to be published, cautionary tales about Google Glass and tattoos vis-a-vis time travel. I have other fragments and screeds scattered about the networks. I have a Newsletter (which I encourage you to subscribe to, regardless of whether you back me here). My biggest project right now is a novel, about a courier being chased across a Europe where the weapons used in World War Three tore open holes in time, and World War Two has been leaking into the present day. If this is the sort of thing that appeals to you, you should probably reconsider your context within modern society, but, more importantly, you should also consider supporting my Patreon.
Because one of the strangest things in the modern world is the relationship between commerce and art. Our culture persistently devalues creative endeavors because they fall outside the narrow parameters of profit, but there are demonstrably many people who want the option to support the arts, in whatever form. Patreon, and systems like it, are a fascinating way to experiment with ways by which value can be given to the liminal ideas that fall out of the easy definitions of capital, yet which, I would argue, are essential to our survival as a species.
So, shall we explore the future together?