Michael Offutt is graciously hijacking my blog today, so that I’d have the last weekend prior to my deadline free to work myself into a frenzy. Good planning by me, but not needed. The polished draft of Boomtown Craze is done. We’ll chat more on that next week. Now, take it away, Michael…
I have been accused by a reviewer of trying to capitalize on the vampirism craze by developing the concept of liquid life (life green) in my books. All I have to say is, if I wanted to capitalize on vampirism, I would have written a book about vampires and made it a paranormal romance.
Liquid life is a completely fundamental part of my entire storyline, and I’m rather proud of it. When I first came up with the concept in 2008 when writing the first draft, I hadn’t heard of anything like it anywhere (and I’m pretty well read). And it arose out of a need to anchor the economy in a world where gold would be meaningless. So I thought about what everyone always wants and that led me to “eternal life.” Just like that, I had the basis for my currency and the world that valued this “base line” would be shaped by the greed for this substance.
For those of you who haven’t read Slipstream, I’ll explain it to you. I had this idea that cells replicate a certain number of times and that with the proper technology; you could harvest these unused replications and sell them for cash. Buyers could then add these replications to their own bodies, replenishing their own cells, and essentially restoring them with youth and vitality. They could literally prolong their lives. I had created a “fountain of youth.”
In our world of 2012, I have read articles reprinted from Stanford research journals saying something very similar could one day reverse the aging process.
Really? I guess Carl Sagan said it first when he recorded that “Science and science fiction are in a kind of dance, forever circling one another.” I have to say, I feel validated by my ideas. I feel like I’ve joined the ranks of other science fiction writers who accomplished the same thing. You know, writers like Jules Verne or William Gibson (who essentially invented the idea of the internet).
So I’m just gonna say that liquid life is not vampirism, but a foretelling of things to come. And I’m pretty sure my idea has more of a chance of coming true than actual vampires walking the earth, having high school girlfriends, sparkly skin, and driving black Volvo’s.
In the short story I wrote called “The Insanity of Zero,” the knowledge to extract liquid life is given to men by an omnipotent, immortal being who suddenly becomes afraid that he will die of old age. He passes the knowledge to scientists of his world in exchange for the most precious kind, Life Green, which he can use to ensure his immortality. That’s part of why he goes insane. A part of him realizes that this is stupid and destructive because he, in fact, cannot die of old age. But a less rational part of him is firmly entrenched in the emotional anguish associated with watching oneself age and die.
And the conflict of these two worlds of thought has catastrophic consequences for everyone.
If you’d like to know more about my writing, please check out the link below:
Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.
But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.
October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.
Free short story that’s a lead-in to this book series: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236636
About Michael Offutt:
Michael Offutt writes speculative fiction books that have science fiction, GLBT, and paranormal elements. His first book, “Slipstream” has received some critical acclaim and was published by Double Dragon in the spring. The sequel, “Oculus” is slated to be published in 2013. He has one brother, no pets, and a few roots that keep his tree of life sufficiently watered. By day, he works for the State of Utah as a Technical Specialist. By night, he watches lots of t.v., writes, draws, and sometimes dreams of chocolate.
Michael Offutt graduated from the University of Idaho in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in English.