#SciFiMonth Waiting on Wednesday 11/13/19

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

Otaku by Chris Kluwe (March 3rd, 2020 by Tor Books)

Many folks probably know Chris Kluwe for his former career as an NFL punter, but being heavily into MMORPGs in the late 2000s, I’ve always associated his name with being a hardcore World of Warcraft player and video games enthusiast. He’s also a writer, and even though I haven’t had much luck with his short stories in the past, he’s soon coming out with a debut novel, which is much more my speed. Besides, I really can’t say no to a story that’s been described as reminiscent of Ready Player One and Ender’s Game.

“Ditchtown.

A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents.

Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who’s slipping away, a mother who’s already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits.

Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital—and the Sunjewel Warriors’ feats are legendary.

However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once…”

12 Comments on “#SciFiMonth Waiting on Wednesday 11/13/19

  1. NFL punter turned scifi author almost seems a science fiction story on its own. LOL

    All kidding aside, though, cool concept. Hope it works better for you than his short fiction.

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    • LOL yeah I don’t know much about him, but it seemed this guy was more into nerdy stuff than he was into football when he was in the NFL! I’ve only ever heard of him in context of gaming related stuff, but then I don’t really follow football.

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  2. That definitely sounds promising. This part – “A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami.”- certainly caught my dystopia/ post apoc loving attention haha!

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