A little while back, I told you my brother Chris was a very shy, but absolutely brilliant Sci Fi writer. I know what you are thinking- he's brilliant and shy? NO WAY is he really related to Jaybird! I know it's hard to believe, but I swear I'll prove it to you in this post :)
Chris doesn't have a blog, Facebook or Twitter account, (and most likely never will) so I'm making it my business to promote his work. I believe he is beyond talented and not just because I'm his sister. Please, don't just take my word for it. Read this and decide for yourself. Below is the pitch he used in the Create Space contest:
Daniel Manoah isn’t good enough. He can’t win. But, his problem has nothing to do with lack of strength or intelligence. Winning isn’t an option because humans cannot be better than the others. It’s a scientific impossibility.
Genetic perfection and continuous access to the sum total of human knowledge through cerebral implants makes it easy for these creatures to dismiss the dwindling number of archaic humans that remain. Nothing angers Daniel more than this fact. Winning their approval won’t be easy. With all the tact of a caveman, Daniel confronts every challenger foolish enough to underestimate him.Convergence: Sola Hominidae is a memoir told from the nearly omniscient perspective of the main character. Seeing himself through the recorded memories of his adversaries, Daniel recounts the often tragic and strangely humorous events of his life, sparing no embarrassment for the sake of truth. This 107,000 word science-fiction novel was inspired in part by the flawed life of a familiar biblical character, who, despite being culturally distinct from his neighbors, did everything in his power to be near them. His self-hating behavior and inevitable rejection by those from whom he seeks approval ends in violence. Technology creates the cultural rift in Daniel’s time. The early stages of this tension can be felt even now by anyone who encounters the blank stares and inflated self-importance of Smartphone users (myself included). When these technologies converge with unnatural genetic selection, a mindless, homogenized, socially awkward future is assured; and, nature dictates, the survival of only the fittest.
I often wonder how such flawed characters can be lauded as heroes of the faith. I’ve always hated anti-heroes. But aren’t we all flawed? In the end, it’s the damage we cause in our own lives that leads us to admit we’re only human.
For anyone who's interest is piqued, I'm adding a page to this blog that will be dedicated to Chris and his work. It will also contain the first chapter of Convergence if you would like to read it. Any and all feedback, as well as any questions/comments you have for Chris, will be passed on to him. And greatly appreciated by me!! Thanks~Jaybird