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Biotime: two more quotations

I am publishing my novel, Biotimein short excerpts on this blog.  You can read all those excerpts together in a regularly updated post called “Biotime, a novel: the story so far.”

In between I have been publishing a few juicy quotations from the book – mostly from the chapter headings.

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Mortality and immortality are central themes of Biotime.  Photo: Robert Pimm

 

Here are two more more quotations from Biotime.

 

Chapter 7

Moon Beach, Paradise.  An idyll in the night. Along the shore black granite flags shelve into the waves.  The ranks of viewing stools stand widely spaced, ports faced out into the dark like mute gun turrets.  In each, still, breathing deep and yet not sleeping, a single witness to the passage of the moon.  Sunk in reveries and deep-pile velour, these connoisseurs of night-time, superegos of the unlit hours, gaze away the hours from dusk ’til dawn.  When the orb itself appears, bathed in a pale reflected light, their liquid eyes turn upwards, in fascination of a leisured kind, until at last it sinks from sight, into the distant sea.

Advertising flyer, Moon Beach Resort

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Biotime 3: the coldest place on earth

Here is the third excerpt from my novel Biotime.

I plan to release Biotime in droplets – around 500 words, fairly often.  All feedback welcome: on content, frequency, style or anything else.  I’d love to hear from you.

I’m also publishing a “story so far” post for infrequent readers, bringing together all the excerpts published up to now.

Ghanaian market 3, Nov 04

Ghanaian market – Photo SDT

 

Biotime.  The future, today.  Excerpt 3

[Part 1, “Breughel vs. Jones”, continues]

Snow was falling on the Bakenessergracht. It settled on the ice which clung to the brick-built walls of the canal which bisected the street, offering a foothold to a pair of stoic ducks. A cyclist in a rain-cape trundled down the cobbles.

Hans Breughel felt the damp penetrate his worn leather soles. He had travelled a great deal, in his youth. It was a fact that nowhere on earth felt colder than a Dutch canal-side in February.

The heating at his home had been cut off months ago. Walking back from his visits to Lotte in the hospital helped stir his tired old blood. But the trembling of his limbs made his gait so ponderous he sometimes wondered if his blood was flowing at all. Today it had taken an hour to complete the half-mile journey. Now, with the wind whistling through the narrow streets of Haarlem, it felt as though his very heart had frozen.

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Biotime 2: how to spend your final two minutes

Here is the second excerpt from my novel Biotime.

I published the first excerpt a few days ago.

I plan to release Biotime in droplets – around 500 words, fairly often.  All feedback welcome: on content, frequency, style or anything else.  I’d love to hear from you.

I’ll also publish a “story so far” blog for less frequent readers, bringing together all the excerpts published up to now.

 

Biotime.  The future, today.  Excerpt 2

[Part 1, “Breughel vs. Jones”, continues][Previous excerpt]

Flight was impossible. The $300,000 she had received from Doktor Faustus seven years earlier had long since been eaten up. Most had gone on mama’s medical bills, before she was late. Lumusi hadn’t a cent. Why should she? She would never need money again.

Ghanaian market 3, Nov 04

Ghanaian market – Photo SDT

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Biotime. Excerpt 1. The future, today

This is it.

The first excerpt from my novel Biotime.

I’ve got to be honest.  I’m a bit nervous about putting Biotime on-line.  What if no-one notices?  What about discoverability?

But I’m optimistic.  Biotime is a fantastic, funny and thought-provoking work of art which millions of people will love reading.

I plan to publish Biotime in small droplets, fairly often.  All feedback welcome: on content, frequency, style or anything else.  I’d love to hear from you.

Here goes.

 

BIOTIME

A novel 

 

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.”

Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios

 

PART 1: BREUGHEL VS. JONES

Chapter 1

 

Why swap wives when you can swap lives?

Sunday Times, 7 July 2031

 

Of course it had to be Adam who accompanied the courier bringing Lumusi Jones the letter. As a younger man, Adam Boateng had looked dashing in his police uniform. He had history with Lumusi. Even now the uniform had filled out, he still possessed a certain roguish charm.

Ghanaian market 3, Nov 04

Ghanaian market – Photo SDT

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Biotime: 2 more juicy quotations

My new novel, Biotimeis coming.

I wrote a little bit about it a few weeks ago, with five juicy quotations, mostly from the chapter headings in the book.

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Mortality and immortality are central themes of Biotime.  Photo: Robert Pimm

 

Here are two more quotes from the the chapter headings in Biotime. 

Chapter 5

“If you’re the kind of person who likes the idea of staying in bed for the rest of your life, Biotime may be just your cup of tea.”

Early Central Authority advertising, quoted in “Why Biotime Stunts Society”, Zenon Kool, Schlaraffenland Press (out of print)

Chapter 6

“My first impression? Like a gigantic dried-up clam and tomato dip, spiced with Tabasco.”

Schlaraffenland Broadcast News reporter Dusty Oldman describing the remains of the Hughes Procreation Center

Over the coming weeks I shall publish more tasters from Biotime.  If you’re interested in hearing more, follow this blog by e-mail (top right, “click here”).  You can also  follow me on Twitter (see left hand side of this page).  It’ll be a fun ride.

NB I owe the title of this blog to some good advice from the Moz Blog.  Check it out.

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