The Last Believer is almost ready for pre-order

Yes, doing the last little bits to get this one ready.

April 1st is the launch date for The Last Believer.

What about the Novella?

 

The Last Believer: The Toleway Escape is being put together. This will be offered at the end of  The Last Believer to anyone that wants it.

It’s set in The Last Believer universe and details the story of the Toleway family and their fight for survival.

While believers are busy murdering each other like zombies at a brain eating contest, the chaos lets the worst of us step up to take advantage.

When violence becomes currency good people turn bad. And some people, they were bad all along. They just don’t have to hide it anymore.

Earth 7 has a new protagonist – Koven Jodi

Here is the character profile that I’ve put together for Koven.

Needs a sleep cycle before a revisit to tighten it. But here is the draft version 1.5

Some of the names mentioned in this profile are a bit too Dickensian and will need to be changed, but not Koven Jodi.

Name: Koven Jodi
Nickname: Ko
Meaning of name: Left behind
Origin of name: Ancient Earth Australian-Zealand Empire
Age: 30
Sex: Male
Race: There are no human races anymore, we’re all a nice coffee color with the exception of some planets in quarantine
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Current status: Virgin (mostly)
Political Party: No such thing anymore
Police/Criminal/Legal record: None
Socioeconomic level as a child: Comfortable
Socioeconomic level as an adult: Not as comfortable but he hasn’t received tenure yet
Birth date: 94474 year 29
Birth place: Ambion
Current residence: Centrum Kath – university quadrant
Occupation: Historian Lowest Level
Title/Rank: Agent
Hobbies/Pastimes: Playing an ancient game called ‘Leave’ which is actually what we call ‘Go’
Talents/Skills/Powers: Good analytical skills, ability to see risk (because he is a coward deep down)

Past History

Hometown: Chindow, the capital city on Ambion
First Memory: Fall off of a table he had climbed onto
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her: drowning of a younger brother because of his fear of fish
Why/How? He is scared of many things. He carefully choses where to be brave. He doesn’t expect people to ever be concerned for his welfare
Other memories/events that still affects him/her and why/how: His first love left him for a more handsome boy when he was a teen
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: He cried himself to sleep for many nights after she broke up with him
Biggest role model: Professor Igna Wingut
Why? Professor was the most unlikely hero to ever emerge from the Agent pool and the man that saved the universe. Wingut was the every man that stumbled into the heroic
Biggest disillusions from childhood: When his parents finally stopped trying to become elders
Backstory:

Physical Characteristics

Height: 5ft. 10 inches
Weight: 180 lbs
Posture: Slouches often
Build: The Agent Regime keeps him in excellent physical form. He hates the exercise and he will be glad when he get promoted to educator because most of them are fat and live a comfortable life. He won’t become fat but will enjoy the life
Skin: Coffee colored like all other humans
Hair: Light brown with blond accents

Ears: Koven has no ear lobes. His parents didn’t spend the money for the genetic upgrade for his ears. They had just been promoted when he was born and money was tight,the spent the money on a heart and lung upgrade due to genetic predisposition to respiratory problems in their family history. This had made Koven an excellent runner. This is one of his passions.
Eyes: Green #82
Nose: #24 from the catalog of noses
Mouth: Large soft bottom  lip #182, smaller soft top lip 116
Face shape: Heart
Expressions: Koven frowns a lot
Describe their smile: Very nice on the rare occasion of it. Everyone has perfect white teeth
Hands: Wide hands with long thick fingers
Feet: a little too large for his body. Again money was tight with the geneticist
Tattoos/Scars? ID Skin Print on left upper hand like everyone else

Glasses/Contacts? Perfect vision, this is sci-fi after all
Left/Right handed? Left handed but taught himself to be ambidextrous to avoid teasing at school
Distinguishing features: Absolutely nothing, as if Koven were the exact median point of the population.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father? His mother, who is slightly neurotic but refuses treatment and medicines
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Disheveled and shabby. Wishes he could be elegant like the actors
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear? Agent dark blue suit with insignia from the University on Centrum Kath

Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: Mostly he wears black but like stripes if they are muted.
Jewelry: None, most men wear thumb rings but he doesn’t

Weapons: Particle accelerator (turns all living tissue into ash)
Health: Excellent due to Agent fitness regime and genetic upgrade given him by his parents in the womb
Hygiene: Obsessive
Physical Flaws: No ear lobes
Physical Qualities: exceptional hearing

Characteristics

Are they generally balanced or clumsy? Careful and balanced
Mannerisms/Poses/Movement: Makes measurement gestures with his hands while he talks, just like his mother
Describe their walk: Careful and quiet, like prey that don’t see the hunter yet
Describe their fighting style: he usually runs away unless he has overwhelming superiority
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: Cleanliness, Lika Jins – the actress, eats his food always one thing at a time, never mixing them
Speech Patterns: Expresses himself through questions often: ‘shouldn’t we’, do you think?
Unique phrases/words: It harder to shoot someone when they are running away
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent? Only under stress and then the curses are often jumbled like mothersuker
Voice: Average, slightly nasal
Describe their laugh: snorts when he laughs
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc): Heavy sleeper
Describe their dwelling/house: Lives on the campus of the University of Centrum Kath in the dormitory for Agents. There are current 50,000 agents but less than 10,000 on campus at any time
Describe their bedroom: futuristic, functional, great view over the campus, video wall with sixteen subsets as needed
Describe their daily rituals:
06:00 wake
06:20 morning exercise class
07:30 shower and breakfast
08:00 history lectures
10:00 science lectures
12:00 lunch
13:00 weapons training and mission strategies
14:00 probable outcome reviews
15:00 history lectures
16:00 mission reporting
18:00 evening exercise class
19:30 dinner
20:00 Free time

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Intelligence Level: High. IQ ranks above average by one standard deviation
Known Languages: technology makes language learning obsolete
Character’s long-term goals/desires in life: become an educator and enjoy traveling around the galaxy teaching his specialty: Ancient Earth Revolutionary History
Character’s short-term goals/desires in life: avoid all dangerous missions
Secret desires: lusts after the older educator that gives his afternoon ancient earth history lectures
How self-confident is the character? Depends on the circumstances, he’s good at finding the major flaw in circumstances and weaknesses quickly. He understands strategy very well. But lacks confidence in social interactions. His strength is his academic analysis
How do they see him/herself? Someone that needs every bit of his wits to avoid danger
How do they believe s/he is perceived by others? A social misfit that spends most of his time alone
What is the character most proud of? Highest score in the History Entrance Exam of his sitting class
What does the character like least about themselves? His inability to feel comfortable around groups of people
How do they express themselves? It is a flood or famine manner, either excessively quiet or excessively chatty, there is no middle ground
Is this character generally dominant or submissive? Most people would consider his submissive but actually he is neither
Patience level: Very patient
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Logic always he thinks, even when it is illogical fear
Most at ease when: asleep
Ill at ease when: awake
Describe their sense of humor: enjoys dirty jokes but can’t tell one very well
If granted one wish, what would it be? Lose his virginity in the flesh time
Why?
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Strengths: Thinks quickly and can see flaws quickly, socially polite, honest (mostly)
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Flaws: cowardice, socially awkward, constantly thinking of the odds of survival
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be? honesty
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?

Optimist or Pessimist: Pessimist but doesn’t know it, thinks he is neither
Introvert or extrovert: Introvert
Greatest Fear: Being naked and laughed at by a woman when they are in the flesh time
Other Fears/Insecurities/Phobias:  Gets stomach cramps when he is around a woman he likes
Emotional/psychological/social peculiarities:
Biggest regret: he’s never invited Sophie to visit him. He had an virtual relationship with a woman named Sophie for over a year before she broke it off. They used sex plasmatics together in VR
Other regrets: He never learned to play music
Biggest accomplishment: Did not get chosen for the Habni Intervention mission. All agents were lost on that mission, including his friend, Roley
Minor accomplishments: has finished designing new golf balls for his parents so they can cheat at golf in they want. The balls drive almost 50% further than regulation balls and there is no way to tell them from regulation balls
Musical talents/instruments: none
Character’s darkest/deepest secret: watched his younger brother he was young because he was too scared of the large fish in the pond
Minor Secrets: Any foods containing cellular displaced wheat gives him bad flatulence and may cause him to shit his pants if he consumes a lot of it

Likes/Dislikes

Likes: Music, Art, Theatre
Dislikes: The latest retro movement in music
Color: Orange
Clothing: his agents uniform
Place: The bathrooms on Hult Former
Room in the house and why: The large entertainment room that has never had any one beside him in it
Food/drinks: bitter glossop Fruit / Tequila
Music genre: Electronic Pulse
Songs and Singers/Bands: The Four
Worst Movies/TV Shows/Performances: Musical Hamlet, Binary Wars
Most disliked Actors/Performers: Marlin Tuss

Favorite Historical figure: Socrates
Favorite Subject in school: history, and math
Animal: cats
Least Favorite: lizards
Clothing: loud floral shirts
Place: Crystal Waterfalls of Primus 31
Food: Fish tacos
Music genre: Electronic blues

Simple Pleasures: gardening
Greater Pleasures: the annual Beethoven festival of Centrum Kath
Where does this character like to hang out? In the study rooms of the library watching history lectures
Where is this character’s dream place to live? Ancient Earth Italy
What sorts of books are most likely to be found on their shelves? Notes of a Native Son – James Baldwin, Intimacies of Public Bathing – Anonymous Frederics
Motto/Personal quote: Caution is what keeps you alive

Most prized possession: His math modeling award from his first year at university
Why? Nobody expected him to win

Emotional Characteristics

Describe character’s sense of morals: good, fairness is key
If they could sum up the meaning of life, what would they say?: enjoy the adventure but keep your head down
What do they consider taboo (something they personally would never do): risk their own life
Describe character’s etiquette: very polite
Describe character’s sense of self-control: near perfect self control
Spontaneous or structured? structured
Instinctual or logical? Logical

How does this character act around strangers vs. how they act around friends? Doesn’t talk to strangers unless necessary
How does this character act around family? Very friendly with parents
How has this character most changed from youth? Taller, more cautious

Has this character dealt with the loss of someone they knew? He is traumatized by his failure to save his friend from drowning as a child, despite being an excellent swimmer. He was scared of the fish in the water.

How does this character deal with or react to:
Conflict/Danger: Conflict avoids and runs away from danger
Rejection: Hurts deeply but shows nothing to anyone
Fear: Repeats the same phrase when he is scared
Change: like change
Sex/Flirting: doesn’t believe that a woman would be interested in him
Pain: cries
Stress: calculates
Peer pressure: never been part of a peer group so it doesn’t affect him
Guilt: He hates himself for it
Being wrong: He admits it
Being criticized: He ignores it most of the time, depends on whether he thinks the person is smart or not
Being insulted (superficially: name calling, etc): That hurts him a lot and reminds him of early school
Offending others: he doesn’t
Praise: he doesn’t trust anyone that praises him
Being loved: only knows it from his parents
Being hated: this he understands and doesn’t mind too much
Humiliation: dislikes it and it leaves big scars
How does this character express?
Anger: Throws things when he finally explodes
Sadness: cries
Fear: runs
Happiness/Excitement: moves from side to side like he has to pee

What does this character think/feel about?
Marriage: Something for other people
Children: Likes children but may never have his own
Old age: inevitable
Sex: would be nice
Love: would be even nicer
Friendship/Other relationships: doesn’t have deep relationships with anyone
Homosexuality: doesn’t matter to him
The opposite sex: likes them
The same sex: find men annoying when they become competitive
Money/Material things: He is thrifty
Politics: He never votes
Religion: Religion is obsolete in the future
Destiny/Duty: Will do his duty
Science/Technology: loves technology

How does the character view society? A structure that tends towards entropy
How does the character imagine his/her own death? Old age on Ancient Earth in Italy
What does the character want out of life? Someone to love and a comfortable career as an educator
What does this character consider “success” to be? Staying alive
What would  the character like to change in his/her life? Wish he wasn’t so scared all of the time
What motivates this character?    Fear

What discourages this character? His father

What makes this character happy? Good food

What makes this character sad? News from the outer planets where there is hunger and war

What makes this character angry? Injustice – particularly the way Ancients are treated when they are discovered and assimilated. Ancients aren’t all the same as people now. They are pale or dark, light hair or deepest black. They have not been gene modded so are assumed to be stupid. People shun them and consider them ugly

What most describes this character’s personality? Fear

Does it stem from childhood or an event, or chemical? Childhood event

Relationships with Others (Non-Married)

Relationship Skills: Poor. Tries but screws up most of the time.
Loves (non sexual): Music of the Glitch Mob
Lusts: Most women he meets. Gene mods have made it so most people are attractive
Crushes: His weapons instructor
Girlfriend/Boyfriend(s): None
Other lover(s):
Marital status: Single
First crush: Pnia Crane, daughter of a fellow historian Professor Crane and Doctor Crane
Did it last? No. He showed her his and she ran away screaming
Best Friends: Asfar Knowles – another agent that is also fearful. His father is an Elder and he is pushed by his family to take more risks in order to have the same heroic career as his father
Friends:     Wunda Toos – a new female agent that is a disciplinary problem. She put one of the self defense trainers in the medical unit when he wouldn’t stop calling on her in class and trying to break her insubordination.
Minmax Fens – an older agent that is about to be promoted to educator. He has never fired his weapon, never been injured, and is known for outsmarting his adversaries on his missions. Minmax always is careful assessing his missions before he acts
Confident/Mentor: Minmax
Hates: no one
Dislikes: The Alpha Male and Female Agents
Rivals: Pinwin Erlos – He is the most Alpha of the Alpha Males and hates it that Koven usually wins the Strategy Training Challenges for Agents
Pets: Nibbles, a cat that lives with his parents
What kind of person would s/he consider to be the perfect partner? Someone that doesn’t exist, shares his fears and his pessimism
Is the character judgmental of others and how so? No, he wants everyone to do well, except for those that ostracize him

How is s/he perceived by…
Strangers? They don’t notice him, he is a wall flower
Friends? Smart, friendly, helpful
Coworker/Colleague? The Runner of Tali, when he was so scared during the battle that he set his explosives and stole a Tali spaceship, learned how to fly it (which was very hard) and was back on Centrum Kath before his explosives detonated. No one noticed his incredible ability to figure out unknown technology, only his cowardice

Sex/Romantic Life

What do they consider to be a romantic setting/activity/date? A concert, a dinner date
What did they do on their first date? Talked too much
How does a normal date go for this character? Terrible
How would they like to propose or be proposed to? Via Q & A session with partner
Virgin?
Describe his/her sex life: Has an illegal copy of Marla Sorenson plasmatics. He has sex with the device while in VR most nights
How often does this character have sex? Every night
How long can he/she go without sex? Years
How does this character feel emotionally, after sex? Hurries to hide the plasmatics

Turn-ons: women
Turn-offs: nothing
Fetishes/Fantasies: wants to be put to stud like a bull among a group of cows. He dreams of going from woman to woman until he is exhausted
Sexual peculiarities: He discovered that he likes to have his finger up his butt during sex but thinks that he might be homosexual for it
Sexual flaws: inexperience

Dominant or Submissive? In his fantasies he is very dominant
Describe their first sexual experience: all of his  sex has been in VR.
At what age? 19
Was it planned/originally intended? Very planned – he stole the VR equipment and the plasmatics

How did they feel emotionally, afterwards? Wonderful but scared about the theft
Have they ever had intercourse or a sexual experience with the same sex? No

Family (they were raised with)

Immediate family members and their ages: Father Eflin 52, Mother Indira 53
Extended family: Grandmother Pumo 79, Grandfather Klaus, 82
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors, and if so, who? One of Koven’s ancestors was a famous dissident that stood up to the last empire. He chose death over submission and became the inspiration for the defeat of the emporer. Koven has been told the story of Amis the Remarkable his entire life

What did they do for a living? Koven’s parents teach on a resort planet. They teach history in the mornings and golf in the afternoons then teach one class at night
Are they still together?

How did each parent treat the character, growing up?
Koven’s mother encouraged him
Koven’s father considered him a disappointment and Koven spent his childhood trying to prove himself to his father but always failing.
How does each parent treat the character now?
Koven’s mother is interested in his career and tries to help him advance
Koven’s father ignores him in favor of his golfing friends
What does each parent think of the character?
Koven’s mother worries about him. The more fearful he is, the less chance of promotion, and the more missions and danger he will have to face

How did the character treat each of their parents growing up?
How does the character treat each of their parents now?
Koven mostly talks to is mother. He remembers their birthdays, their anniversary, the dates they were promoted to educators
Siblings (if any): None

Favorite parent: Mother
Why? She doesn’t think of him as a disappointment

Spiritual Characteristics

Religion:There is no religion anymore. It is considered an evolutionary phase humans go through and either survive or self-destruct

What If

If this character were an animal, what would they be? A cat, always thinking of choices for escape

What would/does this character do if confronted with someone identical in personality? Think he was being ridiculed at first

What would/does this character do if spontaneously placed in a whole new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc? That is this story

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character’s role in the story (main character? hero? Villain? Etc): Main Character

Relationships with other characters: Feels sympathy for Allor
Where, how and when did s/he first interact with other characters: At the University
What was this character’s life like before something, if anything, happened to change it all: slacker trying to get his work done without risking his neck
How Character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:
Background Story:
Additional Notes on This Character:

Adaptations from The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits
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The Robespierre Effect Book Three: Utopia

This novel is completed and ready to go to the editor.

Need a cover for it.

That makes the series done…sort of.

It could be open for a fourth story but it would push further into the sci-fi genre.

What’s wrong with that? Not much.

But one of the aspects of The Robespierre Effect is that it is traceable from our real life circumstances to the dystopia. I’ve always loved dystopia stories but always wished they had showed how we got there. This has been my attempt at that.

I will admit that I believe we are already living in  a dystopia. So to me these are just stories to point this out.

So a fourth story would require one damned good plot and a lot of work to make sure that the connection between the dystopia in a fourth story and real world today would be clear.  Actually sounds like a nice challenge now that I write it down.

 

The Last Believer is almost here

The long wait it over. A novel I started two years ago. Then put aside to write other things, then finished. I know, about damned time. I wrote a trilogy in the meantime.

Yep that is the cover.

Here’s the blurb:

Twenty years from now Earth is ending its long quarantine. This coincides with the death of Vizzie Campbell, the sole survivor of the Battle of Alice Springs and Earth’s last believer.

Over twenty years six billion people perish. 90% die in the first year. Vizzie Campbell is allowed to live out her fever-shortened life in isolation.

Two days from today Earth experiences a world-wide aurora. The next day a pandemic breaks out among believers. Driven by excruciating pain and blood lust they kill those of other faiths. As their victims die ‘the fevers’ experience spiritual bliss.

And so it begins.

Parker Lin is Earth’s trade negotiator and is excited by the alien technologies and the profound effect they will have. Teams of hundreds work back on Earth building models of future profitability.

Haafiz and Walid are picked up in East London on Day 2 of the virus and taken to the O2 Arena with tens of thousands of others. As the virus claims more victims, it becomes harder to keep the Sunni away from the Shia. All is going wrong and the only person with a plan is Mo, a cannabis dealer that attends a school for the gifted.

This is your future and it begins two days from now. Abandon the cities brothers and sisters.

This is a novel about atheists, free thinkers and leftists.  You have been warned.

I hope it sounds good to you.

Took a long time to get this story right. The original story was almost twice as long as the 110K words where it ended. There is an entire story about a family caught up by the virus in Florida that I didn’t use. Had to choose whose stories to include and Mo insisted that I include his story at the O2 Arena in London.