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A new genre: Real Tech

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If someone were to ask me what genre the Algorithm Trilogy falls in, I would say Sci-Fi.  When I submitted the book to a publisher for consideration, I started with publishers who specialize in Sci-Fi, which in retrospect was likely a problem.  The first installment, The Human Algorithm, was submitted to Kindle with that genre.  I would prefer to use a different genre, though, but I have yet to hear of one that fits.  Until then, I will just refer to it as Real Tech, for realistic technology.

I wanted to stay away from the label of Sci-Fi.  What is the difference between genres of Sci-Fi and Real Tech?  Nothing, because I just made it up.  But when I think of Sci-Fi, I think of a galaxy far away, aliens, time travel (stay tuned for more on that), lasers, space, and pushing the limits of physics to their theoretical boundaries in the name of literature.  I didn’t want to go there with this book.  I want it to be futuristic, but realistic.  There are definitely areas in the book that will stretch the imagination, but the technology is all real.  In fact, every piece of hardware or software, building or vehicle are all based on theories being worked on today.  Not just theories, but realistic projects that we will likely see many of them become physical manifestations within our lifetimes.

The problem with writing about realistic technology, though, is that I can barely get through a single revision without the ideas in my book becoming outdated.  The first iterations of The Human Algorithm were written before any of the new generation tablets had reached the market.  I say “new generation” because Apple didn’t invent tablets with the iPad, they have been around for a while, but were definitely popularized by Apple.  I didn’t even know anyone with an iPhone when the majority of the plot was taking shape, and Android was still a promise, not a movement.  Now the concept of a PED is a logical next step, not a forward thinking notion.  Maybe that is why people prefer the far out Sci-Fi style, because it is a lot harder to be disproven until the work is a classic.  In one of the many revisions of the book, I had to add more features and devices to keep the book futuristic, rather than a relic of the past.  It’s apparent that the ideas I have added to the Human Algorithm will likely be old news much sooner than I had hoped.  I am fine with freezing the story, however, and calling it a period piece.  Letting the plot drive the interest with technology as the accents along the way, rather than a traditional science fiction endeavor where the technology plays center stage.

Or we can just say it isn’t even Earth and then I don’t have to answer to anybody.  But that is the Sci-Fi way out, and I promised you a Real Tech book.

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