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In 2009, Your Hero Died. His God survived. Read more

Chicago, IL Fiction
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 29, 2013.

In 2009, Your Hero Died. His God survived.

Chicago, IL Fiction
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Trailer #3 is released! Check out Trailer #2 on our Youtube Channel:

Update: The first FOUR CHAPTERS are now available to the public through Google Docs! Click the link below! Read read read! It's free!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bz5GBGvBNIiZNm4tbzNsRVE1WDA/edit

This is a novel about you.

You think fondly of the 90s. You remember when they lit up the Eiffel tower at the birth of the millenium. When 9/11 happened, you were just old enough to know its significance. You saw Martha Stewart and Bernard Madoff go to jail, and you saw Facebook, Twitter, and Google build their empires. You've seen the rise and fall and rise of the Euro. You will never forget who Steve Jobs was. You're living through two wars and the first African-American presidency.

We don't have a Great American Novel. There is no millennial Gatsby. We lived though one of the fastest changing periods in history, and our story is yet untold by one of our own. I want to change that.

What will it take to see? 

God's Machine is a 3-part epic novel, estimated at 600 pages when completed, that tells the story of the late 2000s through the eyes of the many types of fictional players that shaped it. Parts 1 and 2 are nearing completion, with Part 1 almost ready to print. But they need a bit of work to go before they'll be print-ready, and some of this work will cost a lot of money to do right.

The investment from this Kickstarter will go toward the publication of God's Machine Parts 1, 2, and 3, the hiring of an editor and agent, the distribution of the novel to backers, and work towards mass publication. With the long-term success of this book, I plan to start my own personal distribution company and continue writing novels for my fans. Long-term goals are to use the success of this novel to build a publication platform, online and offline, that aims to seek and find similar talents and get their novels to reach wider audiences outside of the difficulties of mass publication, and continue publishing novels to the loyal fans that have helped me succeed here.

Time to learn what this novel is about.

What is a God?

Is a God an untouchable being, only existing in the mind? Is a man who has lived a life of consequence, seeing only success in his desires, a God? Is a man with a brain and body capable of transhuman action a God? At what point can a person do so much good for the world, that they cease being a human and become a figure of legend?

These are the questions of God's Machine.

Nikolai Steele is the aggregate man. He is Google, he is Microsoft, he is BP, he is Colt Manufacturing. He is America's Greatest Man, brilliant and innovative, his inventions have shaped the twenty first century, and his image gives hope to the new generation. But as the decade closes, terror grips the nation as the young entrepreneur does the unfathomable.

What happens when a "God among men" kills himself?

As founder and CEO of the S.T.A.T.E. corporation: STeele Advanced Technology Enterprises, Nikolai Steele's personality and inventions are the zeitgeist of the early 2000s: military weapons to fight the war on terror, a war over the energy that drives America, and communications technology that revolutionized the world. He is only thirty-six years old, and is the greatest mind of the 21st century.

Nikolai Steele is dead.

His CFO, the reserved, calculating Gabriel Advent, is set to manage the company after his death. He lives under the heavy weight of the expectation of his forefathers, and he is immediately put at odds against James Moore, the aging suicide detective on the case. While the facts clearly show a suicide, can the public handle tearing down the figure of America's Greatest Man? Can Gabriel hold his head high when everyone expects failure in the future? Or, for the sake of the nation, will they need to construct a fiction around this death that steers the country towards their views of right and wrong?

But above all is Cyrus. Cyrus is the first man whose body and mind is augmented beyond human levels, the walking technology that ended the War on Terror. He is Darwinism, he is a weapon, he is the product of mankind's innovation to become closer to their perceptions of God. But Cyrus is very human, and Nikolai's suicide has set a spark off within him that may threaten the face of the earth if uncontrolled.

What will happen if we succeed at greatness?

This novel is huge. Years in the work, it's unlike anything else that has been published in the last decade. I hope that through this Kickstarter I can start a sensation so I can touch more people's lives with my work. 

A requiem for idealism, it is but one of the 21 novels that I have begun to write. With its success comes a lifetime of compelling writing, contextualizing the world we have been born into. Whether you are endeared by the struggles of the average man against forces beyond his control, or you marvel at the ability to transcend even death, you will find a shockingly complex and deep story behind my characters. The voices of the characters speak like the fiction of our daily lives, their power may mean that the most emotionally upset character in this novel... will be you.

Don't Feel Good.

Feeling happy leads to complacency. Complacency threatens your survival. These are the dangers of this novel. In our era of social complacency, it will make you run back to Facebook and consider the deep role it is playing on things greater than even your own life. This novel is the ugly reflection of our childhood, but even ugly reflections can enlighten you.

It shows that there are things more powerful than the fear of death.

Some fiction makes you feel good. Some fiction, though rarely, makes you think. But some fiction, even rarer still, will alter your course in life. It will cause you to look at the world of perception, life, death, and find meaning in even the smallest of things. That is what this book has set out to do.

On the shoulders of giants such as H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Friedrich Nietzsche, C. S. Lewis, Stanley Kubrick, John D. Rockefeller, and the entire staff at Google, comes a novel of the new millennium. America, presented as it is now, with all of its controversies, desperately living in the romanticism of its past. This is not a story of contentment. It is a story of causality, laying out a sequence of events with frightening consequences.

After all, if those complex characters cannot handle the suicide of a God, how can you? When the writer is Deus, and the book is Machina, this story becomes a tool, using fiction as a way to create drama between the book and the reader.

But can you think about all of this when, looming over you and this world, the fact remains:

Nikolai Steele is dead.

Risks and challenges

I was born into a low-income family in a town of 1500 people. Listen close, and I'll tell you how I arrived where I am.

I wrote a novella when I was 8. My first full-length novel was written when I was 12. I wrote God's Machine Part 1 when I was 16. God's Machine Part 2 is nearing completion. While doing that though, I have had a journey of a life. This step in the journey is when my character takes the faraway vision of this career, and makes it real.

The story of Taylor the Character began in a rural community in Nebraska, with only 1000 people. Growing up, He earned everything he received, and he has spent most of his life (since 13) working in real jobs to afford basic necessities. He now has an apartment in Hyde Park and attends The University of Chicago. He is respectfully studious and would like to enter work after College, living the normal life. But, to continue down this path would be the death of his creativity, and all possible novels he could write. That is a terrible waste. He studies hard because he wants to improve himself, but my real future lies in his work outside of study.

Interestingly enough, he was fascinated with the early 2000s, and how the future of the 21st century was shaped by them. His fascination, obsessive, lead his mind to create a great work, and his fingers to dictate it.

He has the power. He knows how to use money efficiently. He is intimate with emotion and ideas, and he has proven he can do great work. But our character's most important attribute? He is fast. You see, there is divinity within speed. With his army of supporters, he completed the remaining 200 pages within a few months, and released all 3 parts of his Great Book. Few writers have that ability, they sit and stare for minutes at a time, go into mood rooms, or type one word before deleting it. Our character writes without yielding.

His Excalibur, the source of his will, is his Mother. She was the first person to originally read the book, and remained its staunchest supporter. She had been diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and after a period of remission, passed on a cold February night. After her passing and his duel with the University of Chicago, He now stands against his final foe: Time. To stay alive, time has taken its share from him, preventing the continued journey toward the Great Work. He must pass undying judgement of Time now, and only now, to bring the Great Work to others. Once he has vanquished Time, he will have forever to protect the world.

This is the story of our Hero. He doesn't just use his knowledge to write, but has a duty to you to continue to show the world we live in, through the weapon of fiction. He does this like the many great writers who came before.

This is my story.

Tons of my work is available for free or through rewards. Read them, judge them, but above all, enjoy them.

They are art, after all.

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FAQ

  • While this book is traditionally a science fiction novel, it has been described as a murder mystery, spiritual, psychological thriller, and historical fiction. I guess the book is really what you can take from it. It has a lot of knowledge to give, if you can receive it.

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