Just a quick check-in. NaNoWriMo is going pretty well so far. I’m staying slightly ahead of par in terms of words written. Current word count: 5,623.
But then, we’re still in week one, also known as the easy week…
The novel is called (for now) Sufficiently Advanced, which is a reference to an Arthur C. Clarke quote: “Any sufficiently advanced form of technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It’s a subject I’ve broached before on this blog.
Here’s the synopsis I wrote for the novel info page:
The Dulcimer Colony was an experiment in reunification. Crewed by political dissidents fleeing the newly reorganized planet Earth, they were sent into deep space to try to create a productive life together. Or so they were told.
Now, a distress signal has been received, sent by one of the artificial intelligence constructs who were the colonists’ stewards. The deep-space rescue team dispatched to investigate doesn’t know what to expect when they arrive on Dulcimer, and things are quickly revealed to be even stranger than they could have guessed: Someone or something has altered the colonists’ memories.
The team finds themselves surrounded by a primitive society who believe that their ancestors brought them to this world on a great Ark. What’s more, they have come to worship the increasingly-malfunctioning artificial intelligence stewards as gods.
In order to help the colonists, the rescue team will have to expose the dark truth at the heart of the expedition, a secret that others might kill to protect.
Stay tuned for more updates, and maybe even an excerpt or two. Or twenty.
Thank you for reading. More to follow.