Friday, June 3, 2011

When You Know How The Top Works

One day, you wake up, and you don't remember anything that came before. Not an unusual start to a story.

You live your days attending a school that exists IVR - in virtual reality. The classes are taught through that mode, allowing history to be taught on-location, science in the lab, and religion on the knees of God. You think you can wake up...

But then you learn that even the world outside of IVR isn't what you thought it was. Even that world isn't really real. Lo and behold, you're still down the rabbit hole, still staring at shadows on the wall. If the world you're trapped in knows that tops are supposed to fall after they spin long enough, how are you supposed to know what's real and what's not?

That's how Nick Sagan's Idlewild starts.

Don't be drawn in however, Edenborn and Everfree are two very different stories styles.