So, as I mentioned, I have some news about the future of “Love in the Age of Trump.”
This has always been planned as a novella, a quick hitter for readers to burn through in one sitting. 40,000-50,000 words or so. A long novella or a really short novel, however you want to look at it. These shorter works seem to be a good fit for our current whiplash society, where it’s hard to hold a human being’s attention for very long before they get drawn away to the next shiny object. (I understand. I can be the same way, too.) And as a novella it was planned, a novella it will stay.
What’s changed is that this story has become a part of something larger: a collection of five interconnected science-fiction novellas, tentatively titled (you guessed it), The Five Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse. Actually, I will probably come up with a new title but that’s it for now.
These aren’t really political stories. They aren’t about one issue or another and I’m not trying to sway any votes. Their origin lies more in the sublime absurdity of having Donald Trump in the White House. The stories are:
“The Orange Wars.” In the 1940s, alien beings create a superandroid indistinguishable from humans, then send him forward to the year 2016 to wreak havoc on the planet.
“Love in the Age of Trump.” You know, I’m thinking of calling this “F*ck Trump” when it publishes in the larger book. I really want to call it that when it publishes later this year but I doubt the Amazons and Barnes and Nobles of the world will let it pass.
“Conception Day.” A Civil War story. There’s actually a brief excerpt on the left side of this website’s home page. I’ve mentioned it before, and it was originally going to be the second book I finished this year (along with Sewerville: The Dark and Bloody Ground (lol)), but priorities have shifted around a but.
“This House Has No Basement.” In which President Trump ascends to a higher consciousness and makes contact with the same alien civilization that created him, only to learn his true reason for existence.
“Black River.” This incorporates and expands my previous story “The Dead on Black River,” and tells the story of the Earth left in Trump’s wake.
“Love in the Age of Trump” publishes at the end of this year, followed shortly thereafter by “Conception Day.” The other three stories should land in 2018, with the entire Trumpocalypse omnibus coming right after.
I mentioned several months ago that I might publish two books this year. It looks like now there will only be one, but 2018 will be busy as hell. I’m looking forward to it.