Kicking off 2018 with some research for my second book, I've started new years' day off with a cup of coffee, and a piece of non-fiction: Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams by Christopher Bolton and his team of fellow writers and editors.
These authors and editors have worked together to show how Japanese science fiction has shaped popular culture on a global scale. If you guys have had a chance to read my debut, The Heart Clock, you'll have already witnessed a strong interest in artificial intelligence, time travel and the like.
My second book is playing on the same themes. As a reader, I've been interested in stories such as A Robot in the Garden, a charming little story about a man whose human relationships are deteriorating, but finds an abandoned robot in his house. His relationship with this little robot intensifies as they go through a huge adventure throughout the book. What makes this story interesting is the psychic struggles that its protagonist goes through. It isn't all about technology, but more so, the impact of technology on the human condition. I've always been interested in themes of family, love and human relationships. Technology, and humanity's interaction with it, intensifies each story that I read, or that I write.
I'm trying to write something that allows my readers to question their connection to modern technology, and how it impacts the relationships around them. By the way, I recommend A Robot in the Garden if you haven't already read it.
Back to Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams. I've been reading small amounts of this book, and getting to know the author's interest in Japanese manga and anime. As a consumer, I find it difficult to read manga, but reading this book, I understand now that manga and anime are quite popular with Japanese adults and children alike, due to Japan's history and appreciation for the visual narrative.
Throughout 2016, and 2017 I've really built my Kindle library, and my physical home library with as much variety as I can. Now I see, that my exposure to global literature is quite limited. I need to be reading some manga! If you're a manga fanatic, then I want to be speaking to you in 2018.
My aim in 2018, is to learn more about literature from different parts of the world. Right now, my interest is definitely Japanese science fiction. Such rich visual narratives inspire me.
To a fantastic 2018 ahead, and a new novel in the works. I look forward to working with new characters, new scenes and a whole new plot.
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