The Neopolymath barf phase complete with 88K first draft

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In Doc Morrow: The Neopolymath enter a shiny new alternate history of the 20th Century, one which envisions the year 2000 from a 1950’s Atomic Age science fictional perspective, one with a shiny-spacesuit Atompunk sensibility. It has been a century driven by a deeper Great Depression, three world wars, and a full-out atom-powered race to space. Follow Doc Morrow, “The Neopolymath” and his six companions in an adventure where the seven members of the “Doc Squad” pursue the murderer of Doc's father, The Polymath, from the mile-high towers of Chicago to the underground-tech-Mecca of New Zurich-Geneva, to a final confrontation on the Morrow's asteroid space station in L5-Earth orbit.

After five years, one other novel and a handful of short stories, I have finally completed the first draft of Doc Morrow: The Neopolymath (my 5th novel) at 88,000 words and declared the barf phase finished yesterday. With The Neopolymath we enter a shiny new alternate history of the 20th Century, one which envisions the year 2000 from a 1950's Atomic Era science fictional perspective (perhaps one with a shiny-spacesuit Atompunk sensibility). It has been a century driven by a deeper Great Depression, three world wars, and a full-out race to space. The main character Doc Morrow ("The Neopolymath") and his six companions in adventure comprise the "Doc Squad" pursue the murderer of Doc's father, The Polymath, from the mile-high towers of Chicago to the underground-tech-Mecca of New Zurich-Geneva, to the final confrontation on the Morrow's space station in L5-Earth orbit.

If all goes to plan, I will have a beta copy sometime in early October (estimated length of 100,000 words, as I average about a 15% edit up). I'd like to publish in December, but I suspect that is a bit too aggressive, with a more likely publication date in the first quarter of 2019.

As usual, I will be soliciting beta readers shortly. If you are interested, please contact me.

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Introducing The Neopolymath

Today marks the official kick-off of the “barf phase” (i.e. the writing of the first draft) of my fourth novel, The Neopolymath. I’m hoping to churn this one out in three months, setting myself a goal of writing 1000 words per day. I was successful in doing this for my previous novel, The Red Rook, so I think this is achievable. Unlike The Red Rook, The Neopolymath is the first book in a new series (which I am calling Doc Morrow World), which necessarily means more world building. Additionally, I will be promoting Dispensing Justice and getting ready to publish The Red Rook, so busy times are ahead.

I’m going to try something different with The Neopolymath. This time around, I’m going to build a chunk of it online. How much of the actual text will depend on the response from my readers, but a lot of the world building, character development, and plot will be blogged and wikified.

So, what is The Neopolymath? You shouldn’t be surprised to find out that it is an action-adventure, science fiction novel. Nor will you be surprised, if you’re already familiar with my biases, to find out that it is set in an alternate version of the 20th Century. In Doc Morrow’s world, rather than two world wars, there have been three, and thus, an accelerated rate of technological and scientific growth. Doc Morrow lives in a world where space has been colonized and the solar system is being explored. A world with an enthusiasm for atomic energy, broadcast power, and shiny spaceships. The world of tomorrow as envisioned by science fiction writers from the fifties and sixties. At least to a point. I’ll be putting my own twist on it. So check back soon. I’ll be posting more visions of Doc Morrow World.

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