A Pack of Praetors – Bill’s FACT Students

Bills Students

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. Though Subsumption focuses exclusively on the FACT class at the University of Utah, the program is global in nature—but always based at traditional educational institutions. Continue reading “A Pack of Praetors – Bill’s FACT Students”

Tour de Force of Subsumption’s Technology

Subsumption Technology

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). Continue reading “Tour de Force of Subsumption’s Technology”

Why I Wrote Subsumption

Writing Subsumption

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. Continue reading “Why I Wrote Subsumption”

The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock

Jordan Kilravock

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). Continue reading “The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock”

The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D

Brad & Hi!-D

An alien and his artificial intelligence sidekick walk into a bar … the punchline being the bar is on the University of Utah campus, so no drinking is allowed. If you’ve heard this joke before, you know about Marcus’s alien researcher, Brad, and his digital assistant, Hi!-D. This duo is the face of the Federation (though Brad uses cloaking technology to project a human image) and their nature raises questions about identity and consciousness in the universe. Continue reading “The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D”

The Magical Mentor – Bill Martin

Bill Martin

Even before the earliest written records, a wise elder figure has been a standard part of human stories. These archetypal sages typically possess magical powers or the support of a supernatural force (… cough … Federation … cough cough …) and are shrouded in mystery. Such warriors of wisdom provide moral instruction for the story’s characters, often manifesting in their true form at the very moment the hero needs them most. Continue reading “The Magical Mentor – Bill Martin”