Persephone Phoenix has invited me to read in instalments my current work-in-progress, Love Is A Corrupted Data Stream. This summer, I completed the first full draft of the novel. It’s not ready to publish just yet, but a readthrough will for sure help me to identify any sections which need polishing.
The read-through will start today (11 September) at 2pm SLT and continue each Sunday at the same time. The venue will be the Temple of Sound, which is pictured above. The event will be in voice.
“I exist. That’s all I can tell you. I can’t say if I’m real or unreal, alive or artificial, a conscious entity or a clever simulation. I don’t know the answer to any of these things. I do have memories of living, but these are the recollections of someone else; someone made from atoms and not electrons.“
Love Is A Corrupted Data Stream is both a sequel to my 2021 novel Virtual Thursday and a companion novel to my science fiction title, Thank You For Afterlifing With Us (which was originally published under the title ‘Beside An Open Window’). It continues the story of Thursday, the protagonist of the AFK series. For any of you that were wondering, it also answers a big question from Thank You For Afterlifing With Us: what happened to Fayla?
You don’t need to have read either of these two books, however, to access the storyline of Love Is A Corrupted Data Stream. It’s themes are broadly transhumanism, metaverse and human psychology. The novel takes place in a virtual world which is accessed by both the living and the dead (the latter via digital brain scans).
“No body. No fists. No tears. No lungs to scream from. But just the same, it built inside me. It built inside me and it kept on building, past the point where point where I would have wept, past the point where I would have broken down and sobbed, past the point where I would have smashed shit up, past the point where I would have taken Trish’s neck in my hands and squeezed it if I could, and screamed whilst I did so. There was nowhere for it to go.”
I’m excited to finally share this work – I’ve been working on it now for a couple of years. Hope you can come and listen!