July’s novelette, Neo Rackham I: Ego is finally out for patrons at http://www.patreon.com/ericmalikyte
For Paul Anderson Fou, fast food worker and professional underachiever, life is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Given the opportunity of a lifetime by a woman with spiked neon hair and glowing, multicolored eyes who calls herself Dynamo, he’s thrust into Battle for Drogon, a virtual augmented reality game that manipulates what the player sees through their VR Implant. She tells him that, with her help, he can earn a fortune through the game and fix his loser life. Paul is all too eager to jump in; but, is this game more than Dynamo is letting on?
Neo Rackham I: Ego kicks off a new cyberpunk anthology available only on Eric Malikyte’s Patreon!
A Note From the Author
Neo Rackham I was a lot of fun to write for me. It’s probably the most explicit story I’ve written so far, save for what’s in my forthcoming novels. Originally, it was going to be a Black Mirror style short like Headcase was, but centered around immersive VR games and some kind of crime or heist involving cryptocurrency. Some of that made it into the final story, but it’s much more influenced by Ghost in the Shell, Neuromancer, or Blade Runner than Black Mirror. But, at it’s heart it’s a tale of a brother going astray, losing himself in the search to find his own identity in a world that does not value individualism.
About the Author
Eric Malikyte was raised on a healthy diet of science fiction, fantasy, and a fear of the unknown. Thanks to shows like Sightings and The Art Bell Show, Eric developed a mixed interest in the sciences and the paranormal. He lives in Northern Virginia, where he spends time working odd hours and talking to his cat while he writes his novels.