Working Title: Apocalypse
Status: On the back-burners
Speculative fiction, set in alternative present, with universal use of virtual reality technology. Jimmy, a young man fed up with his meaningless life, checks out of mainstream society to live in the jungle with a collection of psychonautical outcasts. He becomes a psychedelic Jedi and returns to save the world from evil corporations.
A bleak version of Ready Player One but not as good.
Metafiction Point 1: The protagonist is a writer plagued by a novel that he doesn’t know how to write. He inhabits the fantasy world of the unwritten novel, to escape the monotony of his own existence.
Metafiction Point 2: The novel has two storylines.
the story of the protagonist [writer] facing the horror of artistic process.
the story inhabiting the mind of the writer in storyline 1.
Extract: Jolly Roger (3000 words)
The extract is the first chapter of the novel and concerns establishing the life of the writer.
The rattling of keys. A heavy click and the door surrenders. Ahead there is darkness and behind, the early evening sky is grey with pregnant clouds. The heavy boom of thunder. The squealing shrieks of a turning tram, grating and harsh. I sweep the door behind me and with a metallic sigh it swings until it clangs into place and the outside world is mute. I reach into my jacket pocket for my lighter. The flame offers the only light in the room. I inhale deeply. The sweet burning. A dancing curl of smoke. Home.