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”
This week will start the first of a multi-part dive into the lesser featured, but incredibly important, characters of the Subsumption Series. While each of these nine individuals plays a supporting role to Marcus, many will become primary characters throughout the rest of the series. In some cases (like with Velia and Virgil in Coverted), they’re already the stars of their own stories. Continue reading “A Sample of Secondary Characters”
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. Continue reading “Red Herrings and Inspiration”
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”