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rank 1579
word count 18751
date submitted 16.09.2010
date updated 11.12.2010
genres: Fiction, Thriller, Science Fiction,...
classification: moderate
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Binary Boys

Joshua M. Young

The Shogun's right hand man investigates an impossible murder and stumbles across a conspiracy that threatens to undermine galactic society.

 

Centuries from now, society has found a more humane way of dealing with murderers and rapists: Rather than execution, the criminals are given implants that allow a benevolent AI, Amida-Buddha, to control their bodies and counsel their minds inside the timeless reality of Dainichi, the cosmic buddha. The system has long thought to be foolproof, and the control of Amida absolute, until a former criminal-turned-monk murders one of his fellows in cold blood on a backwater world. Ellison, the Shogunate's top agent, is a man who has exposed countless conspiracies and thwarted dozens of rebellions before they began. A natural choice for the investigation, Ellison arrives on site to find that the murder is really only incidental to far more disturbing events.

 
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1940s, ai, amida, artificial intelligence, big bang, binary, boys, buddha, buddhism, buddhist, computers, dainichi, ellison, film noir, future, galaxy...

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missyfleming_22 wrote 1308 days ago

Quite an exciting thriller you've got going here! I wasn't sure I would like it to be honest but you have a great writing style that made your story come to life. While I don't read many books that take place in space, you got me invested in the plot and the characters. Nicely done! You have a wonderful imagination!

Missy

CarolinaAl wrote 1309 days ago

You provide us an outstanding science fiction thriller with an intelligent, thought provoking plot and fascinating characters. Awesome world builfing. Rich imagery. Punchy narrative. Superb dramatic tension. Polished writing. A remarkable read. Backed.

Christian Piatt wrote 1311 days ago

You present an interesting concept in a time when government's role in the private sector is a hot topic.
Best of luck with your book. BACKED.
Peace,
Christian Piatt
PULLING THE GOALIE

Su Dan wrote 1311 days ago

very good writing- original style; thriller type atmosphere= on my watchlist...
read SEASONS...

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1311 days ago

There is something immediate about your writing and the reader is soon absorbed in the tale. Well done. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

NMGriffis wrote 967 days ago

Okay. I've got to say that I don't normally go for 1st person novels, but you caught me good! I love the noir feeling and how you integrated the Japanese culture into a western styled novel. That's how it appeared to me, anyhow. You've also integrated all the scifi references very well so that the matter-of-fact delivery presents, and the delivers, like we already know what you're talking about. I had no problem with figuring out what the kamis are or dataspace or anything else and that's an accomplishment. Worldbuilding on the fly is nothing to sneeze at.

There are some minor mis-words here and there that someone should catch on the next pass, but nothing that took me out of the story.

The pacing is pretty slow, but then, I'm enjoying that too. This isn't a movie or tv, it's something a reader can delve into, which is really great.

I'm really looking forward to more! Hope it's coming soon!

Riggs Bombay wrote 1268 days ago

The premise is compelling and I love the blend of Jap motifs with sci-fi. The noir voice does its job, and when it hits the net it scores big. There are moments that bounce off the rim, and unfortunately these tend ring more flat than they should on account of just how hot the good moments are. Reign in your prose a bit. Don't try to be clever quite so often--save it to savor it. I predict this baby's gonna be smokin' after a rewrite.

Josh Wagner
Deadwind Sea

Becca wrote 1296 days ago

Sci-Fi is not my cup of tea, but your characters were well drawn and your writing was clean and polished. The dialogue is taught and fast paced, and even your punctuation is in order. You bring in the essence of the story early on,a sure way to hook your target audience early on.
-Backed-

xBeccaX
The Forever Girl

Tamara G wrote 1299 days ago

A really good story that's fresh. The characters are well thought out and inventive. Backed.

Tam G

Owen Quinn wrote 1304 days ago

A cracking scifi concept that is right up my street and a fresh take on perfect tech gone bad, very believable world with solid characterisation, just shows man's arrogance will always fall to hos darker side. Nicely done

Chean wrote 1304 days ago

Fascinating read.....you have a natural talent and a style that resonates with the soul. Keep it up!

Chean wrote 1304 days ago

Fascinating read.....you have a natural talent and a style that resonates with the soul. Keep it up!

Pia wrote 1304 days ago

Joshua -

Binary Boys - Great Title. I like the film noire atmosphere. And the Shogonate's top agent, Ellison, a cool, Bogart type, makes an excellent MC in a binary world. Plus, the foolproof Amida Buddha who controlls the implanted criminals is obviously missing something. I'd enjoy reading this.

Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

BadgerSensei wrote 1304 days ago

Hi, Joshua,
Binary Boys provides an interesting combination of old mixed with new. We have the old-fashioned voice of the private eye, which adds wonderful humor. There are the old habits, the old vices, and a blend of various oldies into something new. I was trying to figure out what a kami is. I think that could stand some clarification. This looks like a fun read.
Backed.
Gloria
Finnegan's Quest



Thank you!

In the context of the book, kami are computer programs that run around dataspace doing things for people. It's just sort of a catch-all term. They do searches, like google, or help run cybernetic implants, or any number of things. Hopefully, over the course of the book, it'll become clear, but I'll keep it in mind. :)

In the context of reality, they're the Shinto equivalent of gods and spirits and ghosts. Shinto's had a weird sort of relationship with Buddhism since pretty much the first moment Buddhist missionaries came to Japan, and I hope to play with that later on in the book.

gloria piper wrote 1304 days ago

Hi, Joshua,
Binary Boys provides an interesting combination of old mixed with new. We have the old-fashioned voice of the private eye, which adds wonderful humor. There are the old habits, the old vices, and a blend of various oldies into something new. I was trying to figure out what a kami is. I think that could stand some clarification. This looks like a fun read.
Backed.
Gloria
Finnegan's Quest

Justis Call wrote 1305 days ago

Hmmm.....interesting work here.......it skillfully takes the "real" of today's world and slides it into a future galaxy resplendent with rough landings, planetary police, and meeting in a bar. It will be fascinating to get more into the nitty-gritty of it all!

Backed,
Justis Call
Prestidigitations

Linda Lou wrote 1305 days ago

BINARY BOYS-Joshua M. Young
hullo Joshua. I am not all that familiar with the sci fi genre but it seems like we, humanity, will never get away from those with the inclination to kill. Already shelved and backed.
Please take a look at my book if you have not and thanks for that.
Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

Justis Call wrote 1306 days ago

LOVE this pitch - it is more than intriguing, the idea of controlling human behavior mixed with the appearance of potential 'conspiracy' (". . .far more disturbing events. . ." holds my interest. On my WL!

Justis Call
Prestidigitations

lizjrnm wrote 1306 days ago

Talented writing with an intriguing storyline makes this easy to back!

Liz
The Cheech Room
A Fine Pickle

Tom Balderston wrote 1306 days ago

Akin to implanting pre-cogs in the mind-of-man. A Buddist Minority Report. Has potential. Will read more.
Tom Balderston
The Wonder of Terra

Alex Ryan wrote 1306 days ago

From what I've read this has the bones of something really good. The structure, narrative and premise all get ticks from me, for what that's worth. I hope it continues to do well for you. Good luck with it. Cheers

Barry Wenlock wrote 1307 days ago

Hi Josh,
Excellent work. I loved 'the stout that wasn't', '...a tie that hung around because...' 'and i appreciated that more than the (very fancy) smoke' etc etc.
Hugely entertaining, great use of language, consistent and gritty voice with more than a taste of dry wit.
Backed with pleasure.
Best wishes,
Barry
LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1307 days ago

Dear Joshua,
This is destined to be a classic a la 1984 by George Orwell or The Giver by Lois Lowry. What an interesting topic, mind control. Well done!

BACKED
Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

Geordy Grayson Reid wrote 1308 days ago

Love the Buddha. Well done. Please check out TRANSIT THERAPY. Thanks.

missyfleming_22 wrote 1308 days ago

Quite an exciting thriller you've got going here! I wasn't sure I would like it to be honest but you have a great writing style that made your story come to life. While I don't read many books that take place in space, you got me invested in the plot and the characters. Nicely done! You have a wonderful imagination!

Missy

zan wrote 1309 days ago

Binary Boys

Joshua M. Young

The main appeal to me when I read your pitches was the idea of a cosmic Buddha. Your alternative world is an exciting, intriguing one. That criminal-turned-monk murdering one of his fellows is predictable - you have a nice juicy plot. I love a good conspiracy story and this one has all the right ingredients to thrill and feed the imagination, as well as the emotions and intellect. The writing is also well handled and eases the reader effortlessly into the thick of things. "The system is foolproof." I hate when people say this. That's what they said about the Titanic; no doubt, that's what HC originally thought when they developed Authonomy. You have an impressive piece of writing here. Move over Dan Brown - and I'm not joking!

CarolinaAl wrote 1309 days ago

You provide us an outstanding science fiction thriller with an intelligent, thought provoking plot and fascinating characters. Awesome world builfing. Rich imagery. Punchy narrative. Superb dramatic tension. Polished writing. A remarkable read. Backed.

Gary Wedlund wrote 1310 days ago

Excellent work. I like the attitude of this piece. Keep up the excellent work. I wanna know lots more about the geisha. I backed this good stuff right away.

Gary Wedlund

BadgerSensei wrote 1310 days ago

Sci Fi is not my ‘take’ but I liked the human interest twist here, ie. The idea of controlling the minds of the evil. It’s a cracking premise, and fairly original. I’ve read quite a few books in this genre on the site, and I don’t think I’ve come across anything similar....So kudos for that.
Be frugal with the use of ‘that’
Right now, all (that )meant (that) I was wide awake.......Right now, that meant I was wide awake.
Except (that ) neither had briefcases.......except neither had briefcases.
In the same sort of way (that) a six year old is cute.....In the same sort of way a six year old is cute.
I spotted others but you may not agree. We all have a different writing voice.
Shelved with best wishes.
Wilma1
Knowing Liam Riley – I hope you enjoy reading it



Thank you for point "that" out to me, I'll keep it in mind :)

Wilma1 wrote 1310 days ago

Sci Fi is not my ‘take’ but I liked the human interest twist here, ie. The idea of controlling the minds of the evil. It’s a cracking premise, and fairly original. I’ve read quite a few books in this genre on the site, and I don’t think I’ve come across anything similar....So kudos for that.
Be frugal with the use of ‘that’
Right now, all (that )meant (that) I was wide awake.......Right now, that meant I was wide awake.
Except (that ) neither had briefcases.......except neither had briefcases.
In the same sort of way (that) a six year old is cute.....In the same sort of way a six year old is cute.
I spotted others but you may not agree. We all have a different writing voice.
Shelved with best wishes.
Wilma1
Knowing Liam Riley – I hope you enjoy reading it

Stark Silvercoin wrote 1311 days ago

I loved Binary Boys. The imagery and the matter of fact way that author Joshua M. Young talks about the space-based empire is great. I like how he calls a space elevator a beanstalk right at the beginning. I was pulled right into the excellent writing and snappy dialog. I kept thinking about Blade Runner while I was reading. It’s really that good. Only seven chapters are posted as of this review and backing, but I sincerely hope that Young will put more up soon.

name falied moderation wrote 1311 days ago

Dear Joshua
This is so weird....I wrote you a comment and cannot find it but I saw it there....anyways
I have not read it all but will carry on. I loved your short pitch it grabbed me and your long pitch truly enticed me to read on. Original storyline so far and very well crafted. I am not an expert in grammar nor punctuation etc, but I love the flow and I am really getting a true appreciation of Science fiction. this is especially with regard to writers such as yourself. I am aspiring to write, you have honed a natural talent CONGRATS

Please take a moment to look, COMMENT which is

important to me, and BACK my book. if not that is OK

also

The VERY best of luck to you

BACKED BY ME FOR SURE
Denise
The Letter

Christian Piatt wrote 1311 days ago

You present an interesting concept in a time when government's role in the private sector is a hot topic.
Best of luck with your book. BACKED.
Peace,
Christian Piatt
PULLING THE GOALIE

Rusty Bernard wrote 1311 days ago

Hi Joshua,

I have backed your book because I was hooked by the pitch, loved the introduction and read on. How much more I read depends on time and commitment.

Enjoy everything and good luck.

Rusty Bernard
The Mental Pause

Bocri wrote 1311 days ago

The pitch for Binary Boys not only hooked, but lined and sinkered me. The blend of sci-fi, fantasy, detective in a thriller, while not a thoroughbred, is certainly an intriguing mix. The cynical, world weary 'voice' of the narrator is pitched just right and the 'technical' detail sounds feasible. The plot is original and develops without deviation or padding. Nice! BACKED. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run

Andrew Burans wrote 1311 days ago

You have written a very interesting and unique storyline, which I do like, and created a most memorable main character in Ellison. I also really like your use of the first person narrative voice. The dialogue is realistic and well written and the pace of your story flows well. All of this along with your descriptive writing makes your science fiction thriller a pleasure to read. Backed.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

Su Dan wrote 1311 days ago

very good writing- original style; thriller type atmosphere= on my watchlist...
read SEASONS...

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1311 days ago

There is something immediate about your writing and the reader is soon absorbed in the tale. Well done. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

scorselo wrote 1311 days ago

An interesting twist from the usual Sci-Fi, nice title, criminal mind controled by benvolent buddha. the writing pulls us into and through this tale. Nice use of innovative futuristic slang.

Backed

Scorselo

Despinas1 wrote 1311 days ago

Great work Joshua,
Backed with pleasure
Helen
The Last Dream

fh wrote 1311 days ago

BINARY BOYS
Oh I enjoyed this! This is somewhat different from the majority of Sci fi.You have a mix of intelligent culture and technology.
I particularly enjoyed reading about your main characters. They interact together well with some very believable dialogue. This is a well crafted and put together book and a nicely executed piece of writing.
I am happy to back this as I think it will do well in the right market and targeted at the right audience.
When you have a moment I would be really pleased if you could take a look at my own book; The Assassins Village. Very good luck on here.
Faith
THE ASSASSINS’ VILLAGE

celticwriter wrote 1311 days ago

Hi Joshua, nice, consistent flow. Interesting stuff. Backed.

sincerely,
jim
jack & charmian london

Jack Hughes wrote 1311 days ago

This is an outstandingly inventive story, blending culture and mysticism with technology. Like The Matrix, this is hugely original, superbly written and with dynamic individual characters. Science fiction at its finest.

Backed with pleasure, best of luck Joshua.

Jack Hughes
Dawn of Shadows

Fred Le Grand wrote 1311 days ago

Superb!
Fluent writing (a few wee typo's at the start) but captivating narrative prose and descriptive prose which is vivid and brief enough to keep interest.
The pace is excellent and the MC's voice shines clear from the start.
Very good writing - can't judge the plot because only read the first chapter, but I can tell you this is one of the better books on this site (and I've been here for 18 months!).
Backed with pleasure.

SusieGulick wrote 1312 days ago

Dear Joshua, I love your intriguing suspensebul story. :) The geisha & Ellison & 2 yipping dogs in chapter 7 made me laugh. :) What an amazing creative mind you have for this story. :) I love Termnator movie & tv series & it reminds me of the chip in the head. :) Yours is like a continuation of that. :) Greatest write, ever! :) Your pitch was excellent because it prepared me for my read & your crisp paragraphs & dialogue sped my reading right along. :) I've backed your book :) - could you please take a moment to back my memoir book? :) Thanks so very much. :) Love, Susie :)

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KW wrote 1312 days ago

This is a fascinating idea for a SF thriller. I love the idea of putting implants into the minds of dangerous criminals so that they can be controlled by Dainichi Nyorai. Of course, this is eventually manipulated and all hell breaks lose. The mixing of cultures in your future world is intriguing: a Nordic-skinned geisha named Hestia who is getting drunk in a hotel bar near a starport called Alexandria. Simply, I love it. It has a hybrid feel like a fantasy manga mixed with a detective novel. Your balance of dialogue and description is about right. The idea of protective kami is very interesting as well and the line: "Dataspace would be buzzing like Shibuya on a Friday night . . ." Shogun Alexander, indeed! "Shavelings don't kill people . . . They do before they become monks . . . the nembutsu implant and Amida-Buddha liberates you from all that squishy physicality stuff." I guess something has gone wrong with the system.

I'm enjoying this and will come back to read more. Backed for now.

SusieGulick wrote 1312 days ago

:) comment to follow - read & comment on 1 hour later :)

R.A. Battles wrote 1312 days ago

Love the title and the pitches, but your voice sold me. Backed!

Rodney B.

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