Genius. The beast chained up in the basement of the hospital scrawled the blocky, uniform letters on a sheet of bone-white paper and sent it up through a maze of whistling tubes to the delivery room, to the joyous cooing of the proud parents as they held the newly-arrived child. It’s a hard thing to grow up with a label like that stitched to your forehead.
Just a little taste of what’s on the distant horizon.
I’ve dabbled with steampunk [which is essentially to take late-19th century England and paint over it with a layer of linear technological advancement, specifically as it relates to steam power] in the past, but this will be my first novel that really dives headfirst into that genre of science-fiction. It’s all still very early in development, but I can probably knock out a first draft in perhaps 6-8 weeks, depending on how much extra time I have to focus on it. For now I’m doing a bit of writing and letting some ideas begin to develop. And things are beginning to come together nicely, I’ve got some good ideas of what I’m looking for in this story and where I’d like for it to go.
One of the areas I absolutely want to focus on is the all the little details that make up this world. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling really impressed me by how well it crafted a living, breathing world that felt so real and natural, even though it took an actual historical time period and changed it so much that it was virtually unrecognizable. Of course, there’s no way I can reach their heights, but this is still an area that I want to improve upon and make visible in this next novel of mine.
Updates will probably be sporadic for a while, but a few paragraphs here and there may leak out into the blog from time to time over the next few weeks.