Skeptophile

The Maker's Mark: Remnants

In late 2006, I was approached by a wise and learned friend known far and wide as Kaptain Von with a proposal. He and one Simon Burn had been concocting a plan in their heads for an anthology of short stories based in the same world at the same time but sharing little else in common. This world was a surreal mechanical reality reminiscent of a Western, and the book was to be called The Maker's Mark: Remnants.

The idea of becoming a published author was one which had taken my fancy many years previously, and this opportunity was simply too good to pass up.

So, in the final year of my Bachelor's degree, as essays loomed and the Dreaded Dissertation began to become more than a story you tell to frighten the first years, I set about writing ten thousand words of a story set in this world they had created.

(Fast forward through months of missed deadlines, writer's block and general angst)

On the 15th of September 2007, the book containing my first published work was finally released. There's nothing quite like seeing your name in print above your own words in a Real Published Book.

You may be wondering what my story was about. Well, if this is the case, wonder no more. Touching on themes of madness, desperation and the search for both paradise and self-meaning, my story concerns two very different characters. Firstly, "the archaeologist": a female droid suffering from traumatic amnesia, who finds a purpose in taking up the quest of her deceased husband. Secondly, "the Reaver": a male droid who, through some prior misfortune, requires near-constant replacement parts, leading him to prey on other droids to stay alive.

For more information on the series, please visit the official site, and the official forum.

Click here for a sample of my story, Legacy of Life.