A fan-fiction novella, Science of Shadow pays homage to the
late Roger Zelazny's award-winning Amber series. While I recommend anything by
Zelazny in general, I strongly suggest you read the first three to five books
in the Amber series in order to fully understand what's going on my humble
contribution. The first in the Amber series is Nine Princes in Amber - a serious page-turner!
Scinece of Shadow finds young Lord Bernard of Amber drawn into a far-reaching
plot that threatens the order of the very Cosmos, itself. Lacking the usual tools
possessed by his ancient relatives, strength and experience, Bernard must rely on
his cunning alone. He's also not too shabby with a sword!
WARNING: Graphic Content
This first novel was, on the surface, a first (and admittedly not award-winning) attempt at
writing a long work. Looking more closely, though, we see a metaphor of transformation
as I, at 26 years old, struggled with persistant violent fantasies. The question at hand
was 'shall I live this kind of life, or that'.
Standard of the General was originally released on the literary website Motherlode, in a serial
of eight installments. An experiment in minimalism, it painstakingly avoids proper names and setting
descriptions (which I find bog down so many sci-fi novels in an orgy of needless exposition). For all you
young'ns and hipsters out there, this book was begun before computers were a thing. It was written at first
by hand and then on a word processor (which was a machine, not a program)!