Chinese Circus was put on pre-sale last month in ebook form. Click here to purchase early from Amazon. It will be available in ebook and hard copy on 1 February.
Chinese Circus, A Spinning Sextet of Speculative Fiction
Spinning plates in a Chinese Circus. A tangled bricolage of the human condition; points of meaning only found in the spinning and delicate balance. As bricoleur, I spin for the reader six novellas of mystery, alternative history, fantasy, science fiction, and actual facts on which each story rotates. Six plates under one speculative tent. Lives in the balance, the balance under attack, the attack wobbling toward its own destruction, or salvation.
The plates are already spinning. To keep them from slowing and eventually falling, I invite you to step on stage and jump from one to the other and back again, adding to their centripetal energy your own, in order to uncover what meaning they have to offer. Let the circus begin!
A sneak preview of each spinning plate:
The Citizens Bureau (The United States in 2050 and bureaucracy has evolved to its best or worst. What goes around comes around)
29 Virtues (An Island Kingdom off the coast of present-day France; Kingdom leadership wobbling on a precipice amidst romance and mystery)
The Netsuke Project (A Japanese bio-tech firm holds the future of humanity in the balance. One reticent research professor must decide whether to add her pivotal insight)
Medallions (United Nations Special Ops team grapples with their new cascading powers while tangling with a deadly foe at every turn)
Shawnash 7 (Top Secret Native American Guardian Force faces a challenge that began thousands of years ago and could cause recent indigenous peoples’ rights successes to spiral out of control)
Casting Bread (Nano-tech wunderkind achieves catastrophic heights and disappears to a new life. Can he escape the boom and bust whirl of the world’s revolving door this time?
As you probably know, I released the first three booklets in a series of 16 on the subject of meaning. I also have a website called the Meaning Marketplace where I highlight these books and others coming. The graphic above is from the first booklet. I share it so you can see the titles of the whole series. Each booklet is $0.99 and will be available on Amazon in ebook format. If there is sufficient interest by the end of the year, I will publish a single print edition of all 16 booklets. So far so good. Book 1was in the top 500 self-help books on all of Amazon for a time. Book 2 is presently #947. Book 3 is # 1665. It may be the great covers (round of applause forKent Bingham, the designer), the topic, or a combination.
I plan to come out with a booklet each month (two in January) so stay tuned!
Here is the cover revealfor my Meaning Marketplace booklets 2 through 5. Booklets 2 and 3 are already released and booklets 4 and 5 will be out this month. A secret: you can view a few more covers on the Meaning Marketplace site here.