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$112
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
7
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 12 2011

About

We the dreamers sleeping suspended in amniotic fluid, we the void howling, we the fire light in the heart of nothingnothingnothing, we the trapped in beating hearts of the skyshot, we the star drinkers, we the light eaters, we who are out in the bursting night, the spiral light of our bodies glittering amongst the rusted burning halos of dying suns, we the last of the breathers, we who breed and burn and keep the holymothership propelling in the great sea of sky, we who worship her and are reclaimed by her (bones and all bones it is bones and meat and all sinking back in), and we, we, we, we who love and love and are recorded (each beat of lungbreath recorded in the centersoul of the ship, forever, permanent, immortal, immaterial) we carry the last bit of soil from the earth of before, the last bit of flesh from home, our home, all home.

- The opening paragraph of Spiral Suns

To read the first chapter, click here. Video for this project as well as an outline and character lists coming shortly.

The ConceptThe basic concept is one I've been toying with for awhile- combining the basic language/voice/experience of reality provided by the Beat Generation with a surreal space opera. It's as if Jack Kerouac wrote a screen play for Star Wars, and it was directed by David Lynch (with special effects by The Brothers Quay and music by Chemical Brothers).  

The inspirations:
Delany's Nova, various Anime and Manga, different comics like Black Hole and Eight Ball, the Beat poets, Cordwainer Smith, Ursula K. LeGuin, Alfred Bester, Kelly Link, Disch, Harrison's Light, Burroughs, Ballard, M. John Harrison's Light, Nova Swing, and The The Centauri Device etc, etc, etc


The Funding
Money will go towards getting decent cover art and interior art, as well as getting a kick ass editor to edit it. When the work is done and finished, it will go online for free, with paid versions for Kindle, Nook, and Weightless Books, as well as a printable hard copy for you dead tree fetishists out there.


What the Critics Say

The first book I had published was also a surreal space opera called Open Your Eyes. Here are what some awesome people had to say about that book-

Analog MagazineThere are certain writers who instantly transport readers into new, unfamiliar worlds that are completely different from the universe we know. After only a few bites, the reader sits back, gasping, and reaches for the water glass. Then, eyes watering, he or she dives back in, licking the plate clean and asking for seconds. Think of Samuel R. Delany or Cordwainer Smith.

Welcome Paul Jessup to the ranks.

Strange HorizonsJessup’s novella ends up being notable specifically because it would never have appeared in The New Space Opera 2, as the pleasures it offers are so incredibly unique and different. Open Your Eyes shows us just how much possibility exists in the sub-genre of which Dozois and Strahan have only just begun to scratch the surface.

Publisher’s WeeklyIn Jessup’s supernova-bright novella, his first stand-alone publication, pregnant space voyager Ekhi is rescued from her ailing vessel by the crew of a scavenger ship. Their captain, mysterious, doll-like cyborg Itsasu, mourns her husband’s death, and has been yearning to bring him back to life with the “Ortzadar engine” her ship is secretly carrying. She reluctantly allows Ekhi to join her crew, but keeps her under strict supervision. The other crew members struggle with various personal issues brought sharply into perspective by a sudden alien invasion and the discovery that the ship’s AI is playing a deadly game of its own. Jessup describes his surrealistic space opera vision with bleak, elegant prose and a dash of black humor. (Apr.)

FandomaniaThe style is prose that, unlike much of contemporary science fiction, is intelligent and visually dynamic. I could see the bones of the space ship, see the butterflies in the cage that made up half of Mari’s face, and feel the crackling skin of the centuries old captain Itsasu. Darkly imaginative, this space opera grabs your attention from the sensual opening scene to the last pages where all hope seems lost. From a beating heart to the love child of a cosmic coupling, the novella is a compelling read. 

And Blurbs from other authors:

“With unique imagination at work, Open Your Eyes bombards the reader with stunning imagery, from living spaceships to mechanical butterflies.”-Ekaterina Sedia, Author of The Secret History of Moscow and Alchemy of Stone

Open Your Eyes is surrealistic space opera in the tradition of New Wave experimentalism, echoing the fantastic imagery of Samuel R. Delany and the angst-ridden identity paranoia of Philip K. Dick, all bound together in a distinctly modern vision of a post-technological future bereft of a human core. Jessup’s bone spaceships and resurrecting crews tumble into the core of a mystery which is consuming the very hearts of suns. Go along for the ride, and open your eyes.– Jay Lake, author of Escapement and Green

Evocative, moving, elegiac, and sometimes surreal, Jessup’s Open Your Eyes is a space opera novella that lives and breathes in the 21st century. It blends together the best of fast-paced adventure and intriguing characters. Open Your Eyes is truly a nova in the science fiction universe.–Alan DeNiro, author of Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead“

If you want more reviews, check out the Goodreads page.

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