News headlines in the future repeat endlessly. Aliens bent on conquering the world close in on a weakened America. Epidemic alien-flu leaves people afraid to go outside their homes. America, led by the Undying Emperor, is drafting people of all ages despite the plummeting world population. Nobody really cares. They live in a fantasy facilitated by computer glasses, which project images right over the parts of the world they don’t like.
With a sports scholarship and an amazing girlfriend, Jason had it all. As captain, he led his college team from one victory to another. His new love, Di, created digital artist in a world where life didn’t exist outside of the virtual. As long as they ignored the constant barrage of terrible news, their lives would turn out to be perfect. Perfect, except for Jason’s secret.
Jason liked to imagine his family was just dysfunctional in the usual ways. He easily concealed his father’s rampant paranoia because the man lived alone in the wilderness like a hermit. In a world where everybody saw whatever they wanted, nobody noticed Jason’s father. But when Jason goes to visit, his father drops a bomb on him. Jason’s very existence is a heresy against the Undying Emperor. People would burn him at the stake if anybody found out. Also, his father secretly dedicated his life to finding and assassinating the theocrat.
Why did his father wait so long to tell him this? Because he didn’t want to worry Jason until the government found out. Why was he telling the secret now? The government just found out. They are coming to get them both.
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There are two allusions (references to other books) in Theocracide. You can download them free in any format you like from Manybooks. The first is the allegory of the cave from Book VII in The Republic, by Plato. The second is Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I highly recommend both of these books. I have questions about these references in my Book Club Questions. (They’re also great for teachers!)
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Do you think Theocracide is far fetched? Look at this news report about Google glasses, and tell me what you think, then. Lately, the news has been buzzing about Digital Dementia. No surprises there. Finally, don’t miss SNL’s riff on Google glasses.
Don’t miss this short film called Sight which looks at social issues:
I’ll end with an author interview about Theocracide.
What is the working title of your book?
Theocracide. I knew the title before I wrote one word of the manuscript. For me that’s strange. I’ve taken years to settle on a title for some of my books.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a synthesis of three main ideas. I had the idea for cars on rails when I was in high school. The desire to write a book with an Undying Emperor came to me when I was having a discussion with my one and only Biology class about cloning. The computer glasses hit me one day when I was waiting in the car for somebody visiting the dentist. I had a paperback book with me, but once the idea caught, I couldn’t read. It was the only paper I had at the time, so I drew all over the end pages and copy write page. My kid was in a car seat at the time and I kept talking as I scribbled. I tumbled these ideas around in my head for years while I worked on other books and such. One day it all clicked and I absolutely had to write this book.
What genre does your book fall under?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
If you could see the world any way you want, what would you choose?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Theocracide is being published electronically and POD by Curiosity Quills Press. From what I have seen, their contracts are very generous for an independent publisher. All the authors there help each other and the people I’ve worked with are great.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took me about 5 months. I wrote it between February and August of 2009, including twice going back to re-do the beginning.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea that different people see the same things and come up with varied conclusions. I have often been in deep conversations about what is real. So it eventually grew to where I wanted to explore the most extreme example. What if we literally saw only what we wanted to see all the time?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you like intrigue and plot twists, Theocracide will rock your world. Although I wrote this beforehand, the recent release of Google Goggles only proves how relevant it is. (They are available with prescription lenses now.) This coincidence bears consideration. We are definitely heading in the direction of greater and greater isolation in the face of improving communication technology. I’m not the only one who sees this as a disturbing trend. I recently saw a short film called Sight which expresses the same concerns. Where will it end?