OMNICHROME is a cyber-noir Science Fiction novel, imbued with ancient Eastern philosophy. As such it is a hybrid with depth, and is 82,900 words in length.
Within the dark vision of a future cityscape, artificial humans co-exist with their human creators in a polarised society. This is the journey of one troubled soul whose need to remember his previous life leads to love, identity and a freedom born of tragedy. Expressing inner conflicts, multiple points of view, and told with a cool filmic style, the story’s contrasts between ancient ideas and future visions are subtle and apposite.
EZee is a synthetic human... but he is flawed and barely surviving. He walks the streets of Hong Kong, alone with his failing memory. Knowing he is not human, nor fully Synth, learning the truth of his identity becomes an obsession. The voice of a strange monk echoes within. Flashbacks of a monastery fill his mind as he retrieves an elusive past, searching for the knowledge which will complete him. Falling in love with a beautiful Synth artist called Viola, together they dare to dream… but the human leader of the underground organisation, for which they work, holds the keys to their freedom, and their fate. From a space station in the night sky, an astronaut observes the hyper-real metropolis, and aware of his brother’s situation, finds a way to give him an edge.
The novel is about the role memory plays in creating personal identity and the strength of character needed to become a whole person. It explores an emergent theme that personal development, and progress in society, is impossible without the recognition of uniqueness, diversity and alternative perspectives. A further thread highlights the limitations of an unrelenting pursuit of perfection. The narrative uses multiple points of view and a cool filmic style to weave the wisdom born of a mystical past into the fabric of a re-imagined future world. It has been liberating to write, enabling a unification of experiences, and represents an evolution of quality and ambition.
Science fiction is the perfect vehicle to express very human stories and the deeper ideas they generate. This work has appeal with readers of graphic novels, the regular science fiction audience, and also a much broader readership looking for absorbing conceptual literature. As an allegory it has many emergent themes. The most salient of these expresses the belief that personal development, and the progress of a society, is impossible without the recognition of uniqueness, diversity, and alternative perspectives in general.
The story has an edge over its would-be competitors because it's founded on personal experience. During a two month period living in a salubrious district of Hong Kong, I concentrated on documenting all aspects of the life I saw there using an film camera. Some of these images, seen under PHOTO in the menu above, formed the original inspiration.
I hope this entertaining work will appeal to the established science fiction audience and also readers of graphic novels who are looking for a pure text novel to which they can relate. It owes much to Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” but also has reference to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” and Ian McEwan’s “Machines Like Us.”
OMNICHROME is the first in a possible series of four and is at a final draft stage,