Archive for April, 2015

Code

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Code explores the reasons why people become hackers. Written in a style that resembles text-based video games or books where you can choose actions for the characters to follow, this cryptic tale explores the separation between symbol and reality. Through the eyes of people caught in the hacker underground a reader can look at human civilization from outside of it, where laws and morals have given way to the atavistic struggle for power.

The book is available in Kindle format on Amazon.

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Code takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the ebook medium. Inspired by “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, the video game Myst and Infocom text-adventure games of the early 1980s, it invites the reader to navigate a virtual world where a group of hackers try to interpret a message of unknown origin that may reveal the adversary who has invisibly hacked them. Experience the paranoia and thrill of discovery as you raid, bluff, spoof, forge, hack and fight your way across a new strange world.

Investigating the methods and motivations behind intrusions across cyberspace, Code wanders into the question of whether good intentions or good results warrant stepping outside of the intricate system of morals made to govern the human species. In doing so, it uncovers a layer of reality invisible to almost all of us, but which may decide our future.

Ursprache, an independent publisher

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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The term “ursprache” refers to an original language or hidden codex of true names for things. Since it is an awkward word in English (much like the word “awkward,” delightfully) it is not high on anyone’s list for the name of a small, independent publisher.

And yet it fits what I am doing: releasing fiction that is not consciously against the grain perhaps, but is fully aware that most of what is getting published today has no lasting value other than as a trend. An ur-language is by definition shored up against trends and heading the opposite direction.

You can find Ursprache HQ online but for now, there is only a mention of my first published book, Code. This will expand erratically like the growth of wildlife on newly-formed volcanic islands.

In the meantime, you may ask: why self-publish? The buzzword answer is that old style publishing is obsolete, but the skinny is that for what I am doing, a different kind of publisher is needed. This is not Fifty Shades of Gray or even Cloud Atlas. It is a return to the roots of literature through future methods.