Rune Skelley writes science fiction novels for adults, stories set in worlds very much like consensus reality, but with an insidious twist, worlds where something just out of sight is dangerously askew.
Miss Brandymoon’s Device
a novel of sex, nanotech, and a sentient lava lamp
Divided Man: Book One
Prophecy can go fulfill itself.
Fin Tanner takes a certain pride in the spectacle of his gradual self-destruction, until he meets body piercer Rook Brandymoon. She punctures both his eyebrow and his cocoon of isolation. Fin and Rook bond over a joint, a game of chess, and conversation with Fin’s lava lamp, Vesuvius. After one carnal night together, Rook uses Fin to escape her toxic relationship.
But the problem with a romance foretold by fate is that it comes with strings attached. Unbeknownst to Rook, the jewelry she installs in her customers — including Fin — contains black-ops nanotech that makes its wearer vulnerable not only to spying, but to mind control, and worse. The jewelry’s tech has drawn the attention of guerrilla televangelist Brian Shaw, who is bent on leveraging the transceivers to impose his dogma upon the masses. During a telepathic interrogation, the reverend unleashes Fin’s latent mental powers and triggers a meltdown that leaves Fin catatonic. Rook rebuilds him from the inside, cementing their bond.
While Rook tackles the question of why Shaw’s heretical prophecies seem to feature Fin and herself, Fin struggles to halt the invasion of a proselytizing alien collective who utilize the tech-tainted jewelry in their attempts to spread their monstrous beliefs.
Could it be that Fin truly is the Divided Man of Shaw’s prophecy, and Rook his Completer?
The couple’s gritty, darkly humorous adventure leads them from meeting in a tattoo parlor to escaping a mercenary-infested factory; from hiding in an abandoned bomb-shelter to Rook’s imprisonment in a religious broadcasting empire’s luxurious penthouse; from the bizarre, dream-logic landscapes of the characters’ minds to the cavernous interior of the asteroid Gaspra.
Ultimately, all Fin and Rook must do to stay together is save the world. Can they?
Coming March 2017
Tenpenny Zen is Divided Man: Book Two. Supernatural intrigue surrounds the disappearance of Fin’s mother. Her fate rests with the unlikeliest of heroes.