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Graham Blake

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Email: gablake@gmail.com

My current story:
Inspired in style by the writing of Neal Stephenson, the beginning of my book could be pulled from tomorrow’s headlines: Coastal cities all destroyed on one morning in February. The plot follows one character and the people he meets in this new world, from the old man conspiracy theorist to the fellow laborer in the bowels of a city-state under construction. The book begins with an explosion in Seattle, then follows the protagonist as he is ruthlessly attacked in Oregon, tries to scrape a living in the war torn streets of San Jose, then fights for his own survival in the dark tunnels of New Los Angeles. Behind the bombings and the rebuilding is Hoffner-Sita; we learn bits and pieces about this unapologetic corporation over the course of the book, and hear only shadowy rumors about the eccentric and nearly mythical William Hoffner. The book is not about the bombing, however, nor is it about survival in the resulting chaos of an over-crowded west coast. The theme of the book follows how one couple's relationship can survive in changing times. The main character, John Galen, spends the beginning chapters simply trying to get to the woman he loves, who is taking care of her injured father a thousand miles away at the time of the bombing. By the time he reaches her he finds her changed, a young woman scarred and trying to survive in the urban wasteland of the San Francisco bay area. Focusing his efforts on escape and survival, he manages to find a community on California's central coast where they can live a life in peace. But before the book's conclusion he must decide how far he will go to save a changed relationship in a changed world, and if he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for someone becoming a stranger.
My inspiration for the book began late in 2001, but really solidified when we were shown that a corporation could bomb a country and then pay itself to rebuild it. Maybe the next stage of government is a form of corporate rule. If three different companies are paid to fix the roads, build cruise missiles, and staff hospitals then what happens when one corporation owns those companies? When does government become obsolete?

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No

 

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