Originally, I was planning to post some photos of the Bremen and Oldenburg Christmas markets today. But it didn’t really feel appropriate, given today’s news.
So I decided to postpone the photo post and do a new release announcement instead.
This is actually the first of three new release announcements to come in the run-up to Christmas. Yes, I’ve been busy, which is why this blog has been somewhat neglected of late.
Today’s announcement is for a near future SF story called Liquid Muse. It’s another story to come out of the 2016 July short story challenge.
Unlike most other stories originating from that challenge, Liquid Muse has no clearly defined inspiration. Instead, it was the result of the juxtaposition of an article on gentrification, a news headline on possible genetic link to human creativity and a call for blood donations that landed in the creativity pessure cooker of my mind and caused Liquid Muse to fall out.
It didn’t really fit in thematically with any of the other stories to come out of the July short story challenge, so I decided to publish it as a standalone. Coincidentally, it’s also one of the more explicitly political stories I’ve written.
Since Liquid Muse is largely about abstract concepts, I was unsure what to do about the cover. But then I came across a gorgeous piece of psychedelic art, which was actually supposed to be a visualisation of migraine.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the psychedelic science fiction covers of the 1960s and 1970s, not to mention for the psychedelic posters of Wes Wilson and Peter Max, so that was the look I went for.
Ron Varnhagen has experienced the drug’s remarkable properties for himself and plans to invest in Jonah’s venture. But then he learns of the horrifying secret behind the drug and its production…
This is a short science fiction story of 2600 words or approx. 10 print pages altogether.
Length: 2600 words
List price: 0.99 USD, EUR or GBP
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