The Great Chaining of Being will be released on Kindle and in print on March 4th, 2018.
Three bohemians from the past—a Machiavellian philosophe, a debaucherous malcontent, and a tortured poet on the edge of oblivion—struggle to assert their vision of utopia against an ever-expanding transhumanist future. Through many lives, they will offer an alternative to a digitally immortal, eternally young, and infinitely free society—a society that happens to be consuming the past in order to survive.
As ambitious in voice and style as David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, with an underlying fantastic core reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, The Great Chaining of Being is an ode to all aspiring bohemians wherever, or whenever, they may roam.
“Surrealism has nothing on The Great Chaining of Being. This novel moves restlessly between the real and imagined, time and space, cultures, and history — the Renaissance, the French Revolution, avant-garde Paris in the 1830s, New York in the 1950s, Haight-Ashbury in the 60s, Berlin (as “the Post-capitalist Sarcasm of Artistic Re-presentation”), Occupy Wall Street, etc., etc. In brief, imagine Rimbaud’s bateau ivre with a crew of Transhumanists, Infinitists, Situationists, Multimoderns, resurrectionists, Micro-Bohemians and habitués rowing and rowing, intending never to arrive. It’s a dizzying array alright, but not without a there there, ‘there’ being a marvelous construction that dares to dare.”
—Jacob Boas, Author of Writers’ Block: The Paris Antifascist Congress of 1935