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Trusting an alien is hard … figuring out which alien is trustworthy might be impossible.
Marcus carries the weight of the cosmos on his shoulders. Still, he loves being one of the chosen enrolled in the alien-driven education tract at his university.
This extraterrestrial Federation always said he was important, so they’re taking the next logical step by inviting him to join their mysterious research Cohort.
If he survives selection, Marcus will solidify himself as one of the elites tasked with preparing humanity to face an alien Confederation bent on enslaving Earth. The simulated realities he experiences during this Subsumption research creates critical data the Federation needs to understand human nature, choice, and to integrate worlds.
But the alien experimentation proves more physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing than Marcus ever imagined, pushing him to the breaking point.
As the doomsday clock continues its countdown to the Confederation’s invasion, Marcus is running out of time to get his personal life in order.
Can he live up to his family’s idea of always moving forward? Or will he sink humanity’s chance to reach the stars? Either way, Marcus is learning what the Federation already knows: the ability to choose is the most powerful force in the universe.
If the conspiracy theories are right, though, he might be aligning with the wrong aliens.
… LET ME (THE AUTHOR) INTRODUCE YOU TO THE AUTHOR …
Luciano W. Pesci is an economist, futurist, and data scientist. A highly loved professor at multiple higher eds over the last decade, he’s now an academic mercenary, focused on technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and asteroid mining. He’s the proud father of four spirited boys, loves cooking with his wife, Nicole, and wandering Utah’s wilderness with his chocolate lab named Kitty. In his free time, Luciano enjoys reading about history and society as inspiration for his science fiction series. Luciano is also the founder and CEO of Emperitas, a business intelligence solution that combines data science with agile research and economic modeling. He holds a PhD and an MA in Economics, an HBA in History, and a BS in Political Science.
Now that I've laid the foundation for the Subsumption Series blog, it's time to go narrower and deeper (that's what she said) on the content. That doesn’t negate the possibility of more universe-related posts in the future, like blogs about other characters (I'm slowly adding persona sheets to all the character blogs, identical to what I created for Velia and Virgil).
Continuing with the auditory theme of our last blog, I’m excited to announce the coming release of audiobooks for the three existing titles in the Subsumption Series! At the time of publishing this post, both Coverted and Disclosure are now finished; if you’re part of my mailing list, you already received early access to the files, also linked below.
As I previously pointed out in the Red Herrings and Inspiration post, music has been (and continues to be) a major source of inspiration for the entire Subsumption Series. Given the melodic muse’s importance, today’s blog will delve into how auditory artistry has affected the structure of my stories by referencing a few key examples. We’ll end the blog with an embedded Subsumption Series playlist offering 16+ hours of curated Spotify tunes.
One of the first things the Federation did after their arrival was to establish a higher-education alternative. This Federation Acculturation and Cooperation Tract (FACT) relies on Connectors like Bill Martin to train a generation of Praetors, human emissaries who will work directly with the Federation during the integration of Earth into their galactic empire.
Immediately after the last blog about secondary characters, I received a few (polite but insistent) emails pointing out that while Velia Wolf and Virgil Wolff may be secondary characters in Subsumption, they’re both protagonists in Coverted (with Velia making an important appearance in Disclosure too).
Subsumption is now one month old, and the launch has exceeded my wildest expectations both in terms of sales and critical reception (thank you to everyone who’s left a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!). But the launch was never meant to be a one-and-done event. In fact, the audiobook is currently in production, and a narrator has been selected to record the three existing stories (Coverted, Disclosure, and Subsumption), all of which will be available on Audible in the first quarter of 2021.
For the last three thousand years, the sentiment that “there’s nothing new under the sun” has been repeated ad nauseam. I tend to agree with the idea, but then again, I’m (also) a historian, so I’m intimately familiar with the source material. Regardless of what other writers create (or recreate, if that’s how you prefer to view things), the Subsumption Series stands on the shoulders of many intellectual giants.
As readers consume and complete Subsumption I’ve been asked how it relates to the other books I have available on Amazon (some of which are also available to download for free on my website). This will be a shorter blog outlining the order of my stories, those written and those to be produced. Each book can stand on its own if necessary—though that’d be a terrible waste of all the intricate foreshadowing connections woven throughout each of them.
If you read the Author’s Note for Subsumption, also available in blog form, you know that technology is one of the main columns supporting the story (the other is social institutions). So today, we’ll focus on five of the most salient examples of Federation technology that made it into humanity’s hands. However, there are still many more to cover, and there’s an equally rich set of tech used by the Confederation (both topics for upcoming blogs).
This is an exciting blog because it comes during the week of Subsumption’s global release! Today will be a bit different for two reasons : (1) it’s going to be much longer than usual—about 3x larger than my other blogs, (2) what follows is a copy and paste of the Author’s Note at the end of Subsumption’s first edition (because I feel it already does a good job of laying out the details of why, and how, I wrote Subsumption). However, I’ve added a list of facts about the story at the end of this blog not found in the Author’s Note. So with those details out of the way, let’s dig in ...
Monica is a material girl living in a material world, though she’s not much of a Madonna fan. Before Zero Day (a term she coined, BTW), Monica filled her life with every distraction imaginable. That was going splendidly until the Federation showed her something infinitely more enjoyable: Subsumption. While she still surrounds herself with the finest things money can buy, paid for with her ever-expanding Tek crypto account, Monica lives to work in Brad’s Lab.
“Shout and cheer, Antony’s here!” Marcus’s older brother is a lot of things: Academic superstar turned valedictorian who graduated in five years with a double major in economics and computer science, plus an MBA? Check. Begrudgingly respected entrepreneur and data scientist who puts the “sexy” into the ‘sexiest job of the twenty-first century?’ Check. A stellar brother who dropped out of law school at the 11th hour to assume the role of father-figure and legal guardian to Marcus following their parents’ death? Check.
Depending on who you ask, you’ll get wildly different descriptions of Dianna Kos. To her adoring boyfriend, Marcus, she’s the most ambitious woman he’s ever met (excluding his mother, may she rest in peace). Jordan feels the same way and praises Dianna as being brilliant with an incredible work ethic and the best thing that’s ever happened to Marcus. But the sentiment shifts if you ask Marcus’s brother, and guardian, Antony. He sees Dianna as intelligent, duplicitous, spiteful, and dangerous. It’s hard to tell which of these polarized descriptions best captures Dianna’s true personality.
Some say paranoia is total awareness, and Jordan Kilravock agrees. In fact, Marcus’s best friend embraces that phrase so completely that he added it to the tapestry of tattoos covering his entire left forearm. At his core, Jordan is a conspiracy theorist. But he’s also a famous creative personality, known to the electronic dance music scene as DJ Beez Nutz, a child prodigy who parlayed his musical career into YouTube notoriety as one of the top enemies of the Federation (despite sharing the same nemesis, Jordan hates the Coalition).
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The phrase "for those who believe in the Light" motivated me while reading this book until the last page. As for the author, he made a beautiful combination of science fiction and social events.
I stopped reading my favorite author to read Subsumption. I keep thinking about Subsumption. It's impressive you can get me to stop reading my favorite author (who I've read since I was a teenager) and then keep thinking about Subsumption when I'm reading my favorite author's books again.
I could picture the Sequences perfectly, you were pulled right into the action and I wanted to know how they ended.
I was never a sci-fi reader, ever, but if this is what it's about, I like it! I can't wait to see how you build out the future in the next books!
The characters behave as if they're real, but the one that I found more real and consistent was Marcus. He is such a strong and potent character and his determinism to finish what he started (and protect his family from the Confederation) made him my favorite.
Subsumption had a good pace all the way through. It was exciting and I wanted to see where this was going. Luciano is creating a universe that isn't like anything we know; it's a hard thing to do but he pulled it off.
I found this book to be really inspiring. I love all the references to pop culture!
I thought it was a really well written for the author's first full-length novel! I thought it was interesting that it was set in Utah.
Luciano developed an alternative economy with technology not even fathomable in the real world.
The closest I can get to describing Subsumption (to another book) is the Hyperion series, especially the 4th book; this almost feels like a spiritual successor to Hyperion. One of the coolest concepts in Subsumption is the Oversoul and the continuum fallacy.
You get carried away in the story. I binge-read Subsumption; it was that hard for me to put down.
My favorite part was the Black Market. It's almost like in Ready Player One, where you see the creative things characters can do with new abilities and new technology. I could imagine what it would be like to experience this in the real world. Subsumption still happens in the future, but not too far in the future where things are totally different.
As I was reading Subsumption, I began to question the reality of the book. Not in a conspiracy theory way, but I'd reference dialog or recall events I thought had happened in Sequences, but they had occurred in reality. This questioning emotionally drew me into the story, and I wondered how somebody would react in a similar situation.
You're not just reading; you're gaining both an education and information. For readers, this is great at all ages. I like the structure of the book and how the Sequences take us into another story (for two stories told at the same time).
The beginning of the book is full of foreshadowing. You gather information to understand the story better, and then the events just flow.
This story creates an interesting microcosm. I like the setting being in Utah. I don't typically read this genre, but enjoyed it. Also, I hate Dianna.
I really liked the Confederation and Federation tension. It makes you question everything. Is the Federation telling the truth, and are they truly benevolent? Or is Jordan actually correct in his predictions?
I was invested in the story right from the beginning. Subsumption is almost like a New Age Dark Tower, not so much in the interdimensional time-traveling sense, but in the way Marcus's experiences add up throughout his journey. You don't know if Subsumption is driving reality or if reality is driving Subsumption. It's like a type of psychological thriller that goes beyond a typical sci-fi story.
I absolutely loved Subsumption (especially the overall storytelling and Luciano's style). You can tell Marcus is special from the get-go. He's a smart kid that turns into a total badass! This story is so cool; a whole new realm has opened up for this series. I don't even know what to expect next!
An awesome new high-tech way to explore how society might rise and fall. Elements of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic merge seamlessly. If you liked the Wool series (especially the Shift prequels), this is a must-read.
I liked the references to Dune. I'm also reminded of Asimov's Foundation series. The concept of Subsumption itself to experience events that aren't your own for the purpose of understanding the psychology of humans is incredible. I totally dug the book; it was an easy page-turner for me.
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