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. Continue reading “The Sounds of Subsumption”
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”
The Amorous Ally – Monica Eames
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. Continue reading “The Gifted Guardian – Antony Adams”
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. Continue reading “The Strong Shapeshifter – Dianna Kos”
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”