What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Book News, Book Review, Future Meets the Past, LEGACY, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 4 comments

What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

What genre of science fiction do you write? Yeah, I get that a lot. Funny. When I began writing The Biodome Chronicles a few years ago, I never thought about how I would eventually have to label and categorize my genre. To me, I was writing science fiction, like somehow that explained it all. Oh, how innocent I was back in those days! As a reader, you may have a similar question: “What the heck is the genre of this book….?”  (which is probably why you are reading this blog, right?) You are not alone, Dear Reader. Reviews from others confirm your question.   “I’m not quite sure how to categorize this book — it’s not really fantasy nor is it really dystopia, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes wordier prose and fantasy-like settings, or anything cyberpunk. “   “Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist.”   “I would describe the book as a kind of cyberpunk meets medieval re-constructionist society. Two things you would never have thought to combine! It has a utopia/dystopia juxtaposition that you just have to experience for yourself.”   Right before I published LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles #1), my naïve, debut author mind was opened to a whole new genre of science fiction. Ecopunk Fiction. Yep. And it’s what it sounds like – a blend of ecological concepts and cyberpunk. I had no idea I was writing to a new and upcoming trend, and the…ahem…organic discovery was thrilling. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. “Ecopunk is a mix between sustainable concepts and sci-fi, with a focus on green urban, rural, outback, wilderness, and scrapyard living. While most sci-fi is about interstellar travel and the relationship between man and machine, Ecopunk is about healthy community surface life and the relationship between nature and machine. Ecopunk takes place in the same post-industrial dystopian future scenario as the Cyberpunk genre, but is an exploration of the lesser seen and more environmentally dependent and concerned side of it.” — frankichiro, “Ecopunk Fiction”, listopia Savvy? This new sub-genre is gaining recognition in science fiction labels/categories, along with Nanopunk and Biopunk Fiction.  And, like most “punk” SciFi, it’s dystopian. In LEGACY, Ecopunk fiction is fully exemplified in New Eden Township, the prototype Mars biodome city. The community is able to enjoy a green, wilderness-like, natural life due to biomimicry, nanotechnology, and the latest in space engineering. To fully contrast the idea of technology vs back-to-nature, I chose for the residents of New Eden Township to romance the notion of “going back to our roots” as a community and “living like the ancients” by embracing a medieval agrarian lifestyle. Whereas the rest of the world is entrenched in cyber-cultures and high tech lifestyles. The result is Ecopunk fiction with a medieval twist. Guess what?  LEGACY is currently featured as book #4 in the Ecopunk Fiction list on listopia. ...

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Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Book News, Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Authors, I am pleased to introduce you to these excellent Readers. And Readers, it is an honor to present these fine Authors to you. Now, check the comments section. Shake hands. *smiles* *wipes away happy tears*   THE RULES 1. Authors: – post in the comments a short and sweet synopsis of your book (like 300 words or less). Please make summaries visible with “quotes” or by italicizing (use HTML). Don’t forget to add your book title and name! – a link to your website – one main link to where your book can be purchased online (please, just pick one). Shorten the link to a bitly if you don’t plan to use HTML shortcuts. I will post my book in the comments as an example. * NOTE: No erotica or sexually explicit content, please. I am a young adult writer and have a wide age range of visitors to my site. I will not approve your comment if you do so. Thank you!   2. Readers: – All right, so maybe that would be asking too much 😉 But, definitely check out the books below. After all, making new book friends is what this is all about. – Feel free to comment and share – And, of course: HAPPY READING!  ...

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Help! Will write for music…

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Book News, Reader Fun, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

Help! Will write for music…

I LOVE to listen to music while writing. It’s a huge part of my process in crafting a story and characters. Here is my current PLAYLIST for ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles”. These songs continually feed my imagination and emotively flesh out the characters’ journey in my mind. But I need more music! *raises hands in air like a mad scientist* So I come to you to keep the inspiration burning brightly:1) What songs would you add to this list that make you think of Fillion, Leaf, Willow, Coal, and/or Lynden? 2) What songs speak to YOU? Comment below (with links if possible) and I’ll add a Reader Selection page in my “end of the book features” with full credit! 😀  (Be sure to leave the name tag in the comments that you want me to publish in the book, even if it is “anonymous”) Thank you, Moss. Truth....

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Four Traveling Questions, Four Insightful Answers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Book News | 0 comments

Four Traveling Questions, Four Insightful Answers

My thanks to the talented Amanda June Hagarty for the fun invitation to join the traveling blog tour.      The first time I met Amanda, she wore a shirt that said, “I’m a bad girl, I should be published”, and I knew that we would get along fabulously. Besides being a bad girl, she boasts the titles of SFF Writer, Virtual Land Baroness, and Rowdy Canadian Transplant, just to name a few. Don’t believe me? Just read her about page! “Clean Slate”, her debut novelette, features a man who wakes up on a mortuary slab in Victorian England. Only, he’s not from England, let alone the 19th century.  This story is intriguing, adventurous, and mind bending. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! The plot is twisty and overflows with suspense. The main character haunts your heart and mind – you feel for him and you fear him. It is a gripping tale of loss and discovery that will make you beg for more. And thank goodness there is! Amanda is currently hard at work, expanding this novelette into a full-feature novel. She also writes a serial for Wattpad titled, “Little Lacey”, which has, not surprisingly, garnered quite the following.  And if that’s not impressive enough, she also writes a science fiction serial for the Bellingham Herald called, “Memories of Light: A post-apocalyptic story of Bellingham 100 years in the future.”   The traveling blog tour asked me four questions, and so without further ado: 1)      What am I working on? My sanity.  Oh wait…I mean, ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles.”   The continuation of Leaf, Willow, and Fillion’s journey fully captures my imagination and tugs on my heart. I can’t wait to share it with all the readers! But finding the time lately has proven difficult. This results in frustrated characters itching to be heard, which translates into a batty author. Over the summer I plan to plunk away at ELEMENTS with hopes to have a beta copy ready by August. Fingers crossed!   2)      How does my work differ from others in its genre? “The Biodome Chronicles” was a risky mash-up of cyberpunk and a fantasy-like, present-day medieval culture.  I wanted two polar extremes and decided these two genre ideas best represented the high technology future I wished to illustrate and the agrarian past I wanted to romanticize. Additionally, I slowed the pace of the story down to get into the heads of the characters more deeply in order to better reflect the role-playing elements of the story. It reads similar to literary fiction, another risk I took for in this genre; but one I knew was right for this particular story and cast of characters. After publishing, I learned that LEGACY fit within the definition of Ecopunk and Nanopunk Fiction, both which are emerging Cyberpunk derivatives. Kinda cool and exciting to have unknowingly participated...

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Squeeeee….!!!

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Book News | 0 comments

Squeeeee….!!!

I am excited to announce that LEGACY won The Indie Excellence Finalist Book Award for Science Fiction and placed in the top six in that category! Thank you National Indie Excellence Book Awards! Congrats to the other four Science Fiction finalists and winner! Now if you will excuse me, I’m about to swoon! (Ahem…yeah, that’s really me in my SCA garb, rock’n my geek status like a...

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