107: Critique of first chapter or short story up to 5000 words + signed copy of THE EMPTY CITY by Berit Ellingsen (2 of 3)Posted: March 13, 2011
DETAILS: The Empty City is a story about awakening to universal truths and resolving the past. The fragmented and experimental storyline takes place in the waking world, and in dreams and fantasies conseptualized by the main character.
Urban explorer and lucid dreamer Brandon Minamoto discovers that outside his thoughts and emotions exists a world that is silent and open, surrounding him and everyone else. He has been so busy living inside his thoughts and emotions that he hasn’t noticed the silent world before. He travels to various places in the city that are challenging or frightening to see if the silence exists there too. When the silence starts picking him apart and questioning his past and sense of self, he creates a series of stories in response, some of them true and some of them not. But behind all the noise and stories there is something constant and unchanging.
How far would you go to find your true self?
BIO: Berit Ellingsen is a Norwegian literary and speculative fiction author. She is also a science journalist. Her fiction has appeared in The Harrow and Jack Move Magazine, and will be seen in the forthcoming SF anthology Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions by Timid Pirate Publishing, as well as OverclockZine and SPLIT Quarterly. Berit admits to pine for the fjords when abroad. Her debut novel, The Empty City, inspired by the philosophy of non-duality, will be available in spring 2011 (http://emptycitynovel.com/). She blogs at www.ninja-wizard.blogspot.com and tweets as @BeritEllingsen