Your world is manipulated by computer coding, search engines and social networks. It’s just a matter of time before everything you watch, read and listen to will be created by autonomous machines...
An Android Awakes : The struggle for survival and the fate of a story teller.
In the future some of us will become great writers, renowned artists, visionary filmmakers and talented photographers. Most of us though will just have more sex. Go forward a few more generations and none of us are creative save that of our procreation. Our culture is shaped by machines. The novel has become a mere 1000 words.
Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Android Publishing Program. To replicate a writer’s life, his wife has been forcibly removed and he lives in solitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes.
Having just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected, he now has 14 more attempts to get a story accepted for the program or he will be deactivated.
Can one of his characters and their story save him?
Featuring Absolute Zero (the coolest spaceship ever built – literally), an ocean in the sky, sub-atomic particles, a Märchen zoo, android communion, naked angels and mockingbirds, An Android Awakes hurtles towards the shocking conclusion of Android Writer PD121928’s fate.
Story by Mike French, Art by Karl Brown.
“Cool & punchy”
HELLBLAZER / PREACHER / X-MEN / WOLVERINE
“Sex, violence, androids ... very much in the style of classic 2000AD”
DOCTOR WHO / TRANSFORMERS / JUDGE DREDD / ROBOCOP
“Reminiscent of the great Brett Ewins, keep your eyes on this promising young artist”
WRITER & ARTIST OF THE GRANDVILLE GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES / EISNER AWARD WINNER FOR THE TALE OF ONE BAD RAT
“An evocative blend of Blade Runner aesthetics and Sin City style characters creating an atmosphere similar to Michael Valuta’s illustrated edition of Metropolis”
WE / MISSION TELEMARK / THE DESERTER
Mike French was the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here during its life from 2007 to 2014. Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy, was published in 2011 and nominated for a Galaxy National Book Award which, presumably due to an unfortunate clerical error, was awarded to Dawn French. Elsewhen Press published the second book in the trilogy, the satirical Blue Friday, in 2012, and the third, Convergence, in 2013, along with a new edition of the first book. Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running author workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.
Karl Brown is a comic artist and illustrator born in 1989 and currently lives in Luton in the UK. After initially studying in Northern Ireland he moved to England to do a degree in illustration at the University of Bedfordshire. During this time he worked on projects with the Design Museum in London and gained invaluable experience by participating in such programmes as the Penguin Random House Design Award to redesign a front cover for the Penguin classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Finishing his degree with a study of the troubles in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998 he has since worked in collaborations developing concepts for local feature films and advertising alongside writers and artists in various media. Karl’s inspiration comes from his love of heavy metal music, his keen interest in history and works by Steve Dillon, Moebius, Frank Miller and Neal Adams.
As Dale's world collapses around him, his fate intertwines with that of a girl he hardly knows. Their only hope for survival is to disappear into Atlanta's seedy underbelly, the very place Dale has tried so hard to leave behind. Time is running out, but if they can survive long enough science will be rewritten by the most unlikely of authors.
Except these aren’t the same fairy tales of her youth. There’s a little more to the stories than just happily ever after—the point of the Virtual Reality game isn’t about just winning the handsome prince at the end; it’s an adventure quest of all things wicked and debauched. And maybe, just maybe, the wicked reward at the end of her quest just might be much better than some silly, handsome prince.
To find out what’s in store for gamer girl, Katie, unlock the story within and fall into a brand new Virtual Reality of wickedness. Adventure awaits!
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