Dear Writers, Readers, and Esteemed Sock-Puppets,
It was the 28th of December, 2005. Bush was still in office. Lehman Brothers were still in business. Britney and K-Fed were still together. And I began writing a story for my brother called “Value Systems” about an altruistic scientist trying to bring about world peace by strategically toppling global financial markets.
The idea was simple—take away the measuring stick for material worth by making rare things common; and in a world with blood diamonds, desserts topped with edible gold, and 3 million people dying each year from malaria, it kind of seemed like a no-brainer. I’ve been running with this idea ever since, and while it’s been through a lot of changes, the same basic notion has landed on the Editor’s Desk.
So, if you’re not one of the 1300 people who’ve already backed “Every Atom Belonging,” then perhaps you might take a few moments and judge for yourself whether it’s my spamming or my storytelling that has put “Atom” where it is today. April is almost here, and it’s up to you whether the Desk is about two-for one backings and social networking, or whether craftsmanship, a good yarn, and dare I say even a bit of substance have any part to play.
Thank you kindly for all your support.
Dan McKinnis (aka Gunslinger)