The Hunt for Tomorrow – External Forces By Deborah Rix

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THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW begins at huntfortomorrow.blogspot.com on Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (EST) and ends on Sunday, July 20 at 6:00pm (EST). 

THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW is an online scavenger hunt that will send participants on a virtual odyssey through twenty-two dystopian futures in search of the answers they need to win. The Hunt is on for one weekend only, although there is no time-limit for completing the course. The Hunt is open to scavengers around the world; there is no cost to enter and one grand prize winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries.

External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1)

It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.

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What Tomorrow May Bring – The YA Dystopian Boxed set includes 10 novels (plus bonus chapters) from 11 established and up-and-coming indie authors in dystopian literature in a single collection. Each story contains a brand new foreword by its author.

THE STORIES:
Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Moon Dwellers, by David Estes
Prison Nation, by Jenni Merritt
Daynight, by Megan Thomason
Stitch, by Samantha Durante
The Annihilation of Foreverland, by Tony Bertauski
The Girls from Alcyone, by Cary Caffrey
The Narrowing Path, by David J. Normoyle
The Rain, by Joseph A. Turkot
Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), by Deborah Rix

Deborah Rix author of External Forces shared her thoughts on reading, writing and the future.

WHAT IS THE FIRST SCIENCE FICTION BOOK YOU REMEMBER READING?

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. I’m sure I read others first, but that’s the one that stuck with me. As it turns out, I wrote along similar themes to Miller, although my faith lies with science while his was in the Church.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ AGAIN?

Neuromancer, by William Gibson. It changed science fiction for me, completely. There seemed to be an abundance of epic space fantasy at the time I first read it. Other worlds, other species, other times. Neuromancer was ten minutes into the future and it was exciting. I once stood in a very long line at my favourite SF bookstore to get Gibson to sign my copy. I was the only girl.

WHAT BOOKS HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING?

From a technical perspective there are two: How Not To Write A Novel, by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman, and Elements of Fiction Writing by Orson Scott Card. There are others, but those are the two with all the dog ears and sticky notes.

LAPTOP OR DESKTOP FOR WRITING?

Laptop. I like to move around the house, depending upon my mood. But, in the near future, I’m hoping to get an actual writing space that is ALL mine. With a door.

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB BESIDES AUTHOR?

I have a general store/café called The Lucky Penny, it’s a neighbourhood joint on Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto. It was a long and tortuous process to redevelop the property and open the shop, and ultimately was the catalyst for my writing. I was so frustrated by the process over which I had no control, that I was compelled to create fictional characters so someone would do what I wanted them to do, when I wanted it done.

JUST HOW FAR IN THE FUTURE IS YOUR TOMORROW?

It is one hundred years in the future. I chose that because I knew what one hundred years ago was like and could measure societal changes and how fast they happened. Some changes were revolutionary while other things remain almost unchanged. The rise and fall of dictatorships, for instance, can happen overnight, last sixty years, and fall apart in a matter of days. It was less than six months between the time Hitler became Chancellor and the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring was passed, so I knew my theocracy with its Genetic Integrity Act was plausible. But our weaponry, while more sophisticated and lethal, is not so completely different from WWI, so I didn’t feel compelled to create any technological wonders. Everything I imagined is an extrapolation of today while using a century ago as a reference point.

DID YOU DO ANY SPECIFIC OR UNUSUAL RESEARCH FOR THIS BOOK?

I spent a day with a Marine Sergeant at the 29 Palms marine base in California and I communicated with an amateur radio enthusiast and satellite specialist who was on a submarine with the Canadian Navy. I talked with a Hydro-electric Engineer until my phone went dead and then continued on a land line for another few hours. My ear hurt, but it was worth it. I spoke with an expert on Roma culture, a room service waiter at Caesars Palace who’d been there about thirty years and knew all the secret passages, and a country-singing cattle rancher from Alberta.

IS THERE A PARTICULAR AREA OF SCIENCE OR SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLE THAT IS A PLOT FOCUS?

The trilogy is called The Laws of Motion, and each book and title reflects one of Newton’s three laws: External Forces, Acceleration, and Opposition. I based much of what happens on current scientific theory, using my imagination to extrapolate. Genetics plays a big part, both in humans and the environment. Also, Astronomy, theories about time, and Einstein’s Law of Special Relativity come in to play. Plus, I made some stuff up.

ARE ANY OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS FROM THE LGBT (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER) COMMUNITY.

Yes, yes there are. Two of the main group of characters are gay and in a relationship, one of whom is the main character’s best friend. But not the gay best friend. The best friend who is a pilot, has blond hair, is funny and sarcastic, and gay.

GIVE YOUR BOOK THE BECHDEL TEST

  1. IT HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO (NAMED) WOMEN IN IT
  2. WHO TALK TO EACH OTHER
  3. ABOUT SOMETHING BESIDES A MAN

My book aces this test, didn’t even need to study for it.

PICK ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS AND APPLY THE SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON. GO!

  1. Jess Grant’s boyfriend is Matt Anderson a Special Forces Sergeant.
  2. Matt’s squad also includes Sheree LaSalle, a trained military sniper.
  3. Sheree and the squad are located on a base that is a fictional version of Fort Huachuca which was also the setting for the film Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford.
  4. Harrison Ford starred in Clear and Present Danger with Tim Robbins.
  5. Tim Robbins was in the movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise.
  6. Tom Cruise was in the film A Few Good Men, about the trial of U.S. Marines, with Kevin Bacon.

YOUR MAIN CHARACTER VS BATMAN, WHO WOULD WIN?

Usually, Batman. I mean, c’mon, he’s Batman. But a certain genetic mutation could give my girl the edge.

WHAT FIVE SONGS/ARTISTS WOULD FEATURE ON THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR TOMORROW?

  • Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
  • Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
  • Wild Feathers – Got It Wrong
  • Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer – Redemption Song (orig. Bob Marley)

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THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW begins at huntfortomorrow.blogspot.com on Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (EST) and ends on Sunday, July 20 at 6:00pm (EST).
WINNER TO NAME CHARACTERS AND TITLE FOR INTRIGUING PROGRESSIVE STORY
GRAND PRIZE
Autographed paperbacks from all authors!
A progressive short story written by all the authors!
BONUS PRIZES
Every author will be offering prizes just for participating!

In a rare instance of collaborative story-telling, nineteen of the authors will write a progressive short story over nineteen days to create a collective vision of a new, dark future. The winner of The Hunt will name characters and contribute elements to create this dystopian world, and all participants in The Hunt will receive an advance copy of the story for an exclusive period before it is made available as a free download.

 

 

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