Misprints News #46 – A Cyberpunk Story
Getting The Widow of Redbriar out to the world took a little longer than I’d hoped it would. After a setback with the internal print files of the paperback version, things are now shipping out smoothly. The holidays are over for the most part and things are back to normal around the house which means I can now jump back into the nightly writing schedule.
As of today, I’m still in the outlining stages of my next little book. This one will not be a sequel to Redbriar, for which, a concept is written down but I’m burnt out on Mary Ellen. Instead, I’m working on a cyberpunk story set in a speculative future. The main characters are guys, the world has electricity outside of Edison’s garage, and everyone has amazing flush toilets. Total opposite of Redbriar.
The “Cyberpunk” story as of right now follows two guys who write medical software for government pharmaceutical companies which have developed a chip-based drug delivery device that can be programmed to deliver custom signals to the brain to relieve pain, suppress hunger, etc. Again, this is speculative fiction and I’m not a scientist but you can grasp the concept. Our two guys write software for the devices by day and custom illegal software for them by night. Things go bad when one day the government decriminalizes the custom software hours after our guys have taken out a loan with one of the many drug rings in town.
Some differences from standard Cyberpunk:
- Not a dystopia
- Not set in NY/LA/HK/or Tokyo
- Main characters are not orphans or teens
- Amazon is pulling out of their New York HQ location.
- Chinese censorship workers spend all day banning history.
- JP Morgan is crazy late to the alt-coin game.
- Chinese business programs now invest in Reddit.
Among other things, you’ll notice this isn’t the original website. I’m in the process of moving it over to WordPress’s pro plan in the next couple of weeks so some old links may or may not work after Feb 22nd. Also until I get on the paid plan there may be ads on the site they inject, whatever garbage they are for wasn’t approved by me.