Fake Reviews

1.  The Bombing of Guernica: A mystery novel where a suicide bomber blows up Picasso’s Guernica at the UN (assume alternate history where the actual Guernica was placed there, and not a tapestry). Investigation into an Anti-Western Islamic terrorist group leads to revelation that it was secretly done by US political scientists – because they theorized that Picasso’s work was powerful enough to have a subliminal negative effect on international relations (link: Project Itoh’s Genocidal Organ’s Grammar of Tyranny – either cherry pick or invent massacres). Investigation into this theory reveals ‘tableaux’ massacre scenes appearing at several war sites looking like Guernica – which links to esoteric cult wars with the Guernica as the central component to a centuries long black magic ritual conspiracy. Then, things get stranger from there. (01/04/17)

2. A Game of Chessboxing: Wuxia subversion novel where everyone has quantum supercomputers (or some soft-SF reason) embedded in their heads so soldiers don’t ‘fight’ anymore. Instead the computers calculate all movement paths and evasions – and fighting becomes a matter of something like chess in 3d-space. Everyone studies ‘openings’ and consults a humongous database of fights and past battles – and they don’t fight their own battles but re-enact these historical fights. The fight is decided before it even starts. (01/04/17)

3. A Purgatory of Our Wish: Fantasy novel inspired by Confucian style education systems. A ‘node’ Magic system that allows for a linear language to be written in a 2d space (like a linear version of Ted Chiang’s alien language from Story of Your Life) – you can write linearly but draw it as a picture. This is kind of like programming whereby you have to have a logical syntax to create a creative magical object. Because of this, to be a good magician you have to be both rigorously logical and painterly. The result is that magic schools are highly hierarchical and competitive – only 1-2% of the population will make it to become full-fledged, even though the technique is accessible to everyone. Uses cool fantasy battles as a means to communicate on the lives of people who are not ‘gifted’ and are designated to the pit of the talentless – as well as other things like what it means to be obsessed (since some massive spells can take years of logical fine-tuning, and even go beyond generations after the mage has died). (01/04/17)

4. Miss Forever: A hyper-feminist (Hyper Beyond Da Feminism) fantasy that tracks a bunch of female fighters in a world where the cosmos is patriarchal – the world is ruled over by knights of a religion with a masculine that grants them with special powers of domination. A god-killing magical sword only usable by females falls into the hands of a slave, then gets transferred to a rebel, then an ugly high-ranking officer (who looks more masculine than feminine & thus manages to slip through the ‘cracks’), and then a refined court lady. The court lady faces the malevolent shota-God of the cosmos only to find out that he’s a demiurge that created this cosmos in order to escape from his controlling matriachal mama God. Ultimately, court lady decides to end all suffering by slaying everyone. Sekai-Kei level 5000 Revenge Heroine Ms 45. & Lady Snowblood fantasy with maximum edge. (01/04/17)

5. Beyond the Laughter of Their Dreams: An SF story about a radical feminist group that modifies themselves with Spotted Hyena traits and vanishes into the farthest stars. Thousands of years later, humans regain contact with them & witnesses culture within a new society based on Hyena hierarchy. (01/04/17)

6. I & The Field: A story whereby computers have gotten to the point where militaries don’t have to ‘fight’ battles anymore. Instead, they rely on a computer to determine the results from an initial arrangement of values. Initially the citizens feel skeptical about it, and thus there are still civil wars – but upon finding out that the government will always win in a precise and methodological fashion – they begin to believe it. Because the computers grow too high level for human comprehension, wars between states becomes a matter of ‘Feng Shui’. It reverts back to mysticism. (01/04/17)

7. Cat Spirit: Inspired by Otsuichi’s story ‘Dog’ – and a thought experiment as to what ‘happens’ to the villains in these psychological horror stories after they’ve ‘grown out’ of their psychosis. Begins as a horror story whereby a couple witnesses the slow growing craziness of their daughter. Eventually the little girl goes berserk and tears out the throats of both parents. Timeskip to future whereby girl is now high school student, and main character is her classmate. Weird ass murders are happening all over town & classmate finds out about girl’s horrible past – and suspects her. Eventually it turns out that she’s far from the truth, and that there’s a city-wide conspiracy involving two factions. Involves a social media livestreaming inspired magic system. It might secretly be an anti-Singapore allegory told through the medium of urban fantasy. (01/04/17)

8. Biodegeneration Metronome: Inspired by reading up on Blowfly corpse infestation techniques, and probably a bit of Iriya no Sora. Other possible future reading materials: Lu Xun’s Wild Grass, Bataille, concepts like Autopoesis. Heroine comes in contact with secret military project Regenerator – a beautiful girl who can regenerate herself but feeds off decomposition and trash (e.g. Fecal matter and Corpses). School hijinks occurs as Regenerator transfers over & protagonist has to find a way to feed her shit while making her seem like a totally normal person. Later, robot assassins from the ‘Militarist West’ attacks Regenerator and she has Samurai Jack style duels with them. Somehow, it turns tragic & ends with an eschatological ending. Ultimately, the story is a meditation on the distinction between ‘trash’ & ‘non-trash’, beauty & ugliness, and tries to search for a viewpoint where ugliness, shit, and dirt is transformed into beauty. (01/04/17)

9. Death & The New Summer: 3 route Visual Novel. Inspired by Saramago’s novel Ricardo Reis – one sentence where Saramago talks about how banal it would be to be able to read about the time of your own death in a newspaper. In an abstract location where a school newspaper prints the deaths of people within a city – protagonist finds out he’s going to die in a couple of months. First route involves him dealing with it and having all the emotionally manipulative Clannad level stuff – excuse to write a sappy sickdude story. Second route involves him falling in with the theater club & trying to pull off a Taoist ritual ‘escape by means of a sword‘ before his death date – and it will somehow have a meta-fictional ending talking about the nature of ‘character death’. Third ending involves the protagonist investigating the newspaper and finding out that, actually, he is a god spirit trapped by a demiurge with the concept of death. He will die as long as people acknowledge death around him. In order to become immortal he has to kill everyone who accepts that death exists. Somehow will turn into SubaHibi except it has the opposite structure (first arc is about accepting and living a good life, and last route is about going fuck crazy and taking the whole world with you). (01/04/17)

10. The Sense of Together: Inspired by Avatar & the description of the Martians from Stapledon’s Last & First Men. What if there was an alien race that could actually phenomenologically & viscerally feel ‘interconnection’? What if there was an alienrace that experienced xenophobia on a completely biological/phenomenological level? So, there’s an alien race where aliens are interconnected by a ‘source’ – experiencing hyper-empathy within the sphere. Thus they are extremely peaceful within their own kind but extremely aggressive towards outsiders. Their idea of punishment is to exile an offender and split him off from the source. These exiles will usually destroy or kill themselves once they’ve been separated because they face a feeling that goes beyond any form of crushing loneliness – almost deep-rooted existential separation. Because of this hyper-empathy, they also acquire technological progress at a slightly faster rate due to being able to collaborate better – while still being separate minds. Yet they are slower in acquiring the necessary ‘paradigm shift’ to leap beyond. They are slightly older than humans, and so they have better technology – at least until a sudden creative leap leads to the discovery of a new weapon on the human’s side. The story is all about the relations between this race & humans. (01/04/17)

11. The Infinite Frontier: Inspired by Frontier Thesis. What happen if the Frontier Thesis occurred in Space? An uninhabited planet discovered as inhabitable leads to a massive colonization race among the major overpopulated civilizations on Earth. Each sending their shuttles to different locations on the planet. Turns into a massive epic space-Western as everyone gets high on discovery. Possibility of a massive conception involving detailed description of Earth at the time, intense characterization for tons & tons of characters. The settlements are built quickly using Von-Neumann builder drones. This intensifies the frontier spirit. Since there are a lot of Western inspired SF out there – probably has been done before – but I have no idea if anyone has taken the Frontier Thesis point of view. (01/04/17)

12. The War Inside: Inspired by Drug Wars & Duterte’s use of Death Squads. An alien plant is discovered that, upon consumption, grants superhuman capabilities. Yet, it also has a small chance that the user will go into a ‘frenzy’ and destroy everything around him. Because of the fear that explodes from people abusing the drug to muscle on others & frenzy cases – the government solicits Death Squads to help out in curbing the problem. A catch is that the Death Squads have to be drug users as well in order to even stand a chance against the abusers. Government uses the Drug War as an excuse to consolidate power. Story is split between 3 POV protagonists – political activist hero who studies at university, member of the Death Squad who becomes hero’s friend, and daughter of the President/Mayor that enforced the rule. All three become friends over Otaku subculture – and thus you have an action-packed story that analyzes subculture & the impotence of political activism in the face of real power-play & also becomes a Love Triangle story. (01/04/17)

13. The Aftermath of Rain Mirrors My Tears: A story about powerplants mixed with Roadside Picnic. A new source of power is discovered from some Quantum hoo-hah & is harvested from floating power generators far above the cities & human civilization. Sort of like Hitch-hiker’s Improbability Drive – the power generator harnesses the energy of randomicity. Most of the time, they work properly – but sometimes a massive destructive storm can be generated that would cause the power plant to destroy itself. The type of storm is also random – it can be anything from icy storms to flamey storms. Engineers have to risk their lives fixing the power plant while taking whatever random elements is thrown at them. A tragic story that alternates between ‘calm before the storm’ Slice of Life moments between engineers, and crazy poetic descriptions of destructive Nature. It goes through several cycles of engineers & and how they cope with the deaths of their friends & lovers (kind of inspired by the feeling I felt when batches would always swap out in SAF). (01/04/17)

14. Nothing Inside You, or My Sister is a Philosophical Zombie & I’m Trying to Save Her From This Unjust World: Inspired by philosophical zombies & other stuff. Another story about Hyper Beyond Da Feminism. Somehow, scientists are able to ‘prove’ whether a person has content within their consciousness or not (through some soft-SF hoo-hah about Godel’s Theorems and whatever excuse). Experimental results finds out that females are philosophical zombies. Initial skepticism is replaced by insanity when everyone starts having their own interpretation of the results – some even going as far to say that the world was originally a homo-paradise & aliens introduced these zombie-robots into the world to trap human civilization. Protagonist is enjoying a normal life in his town when his daily life is affected by the spread of misogynist cults and insanity spreading to his town. He has to save his imouto and childhood friend and whoever else from misogynistic cultists. Suffering, heroism, and tons and tons of violence ensues. Ultimately turns into a meta-fictional meditation on how fictional characters are zombies too – but they are still dear to our heart. Imouto becomes the embodiment of fiction & the narrative transcends into abstraction. Trying to be as Utena as possible. (01/04/17)

15. Afterlife Rendezvous: A fantasy story where the tragedy is the lack of death. After humanity has transcended into something else, the dregs of all the bad experiences and sins forms a magical fantasy world split into 7 domains based on the 7 deadly sins. The characters, ‘mages’, are all stuck in a neverending conflict with one another – trying to find the spell to escape or transcend. Whenever they die, they just return, but when a mage is killed by another, they are filled with a relentless vengeance to hunt down the one who killed them. The spell they need has to be grown from a garden – and the effort to tend the garden must be derived from co-operation between multiple mages. Essentially the entire story is a subversion of action fantasy – and a group of mages tries to get together and cultivate the garden (& the Slice of Life Genre) but continuously face off against hordes of people who want to kill them. They are constantly wiped out and are separated as they go on vengeance sprees, and take ages to find one another again. A story about the beauty of reunion (take that Mizukami Satoshi!) and the tragedy of separation. (01/04/17)

16. Childhood’s Dream: At a certain point in the development of human civilization – most violence is eliminated. For some magical realist reason, people start turning into trees. They begin by losing any sense of reflection & consciousness, slowly feeling that reality and self are merging. Then, they are freed. In this mostly paradisaical humanity where people are slowly dissipating away, a group of delinquent biker gangs try to hold on to their last sense of rebellion by fighting against one another. The heroine is the GF of a biker gang leader and the story tracks the whole conflict – until she slowly comes of age and accepts the relinquishing of her childish rebellion. A meditation on Youth Violence & Utopian Fiction. (Aria with biker gangs?!) (01/04/17)

17. Marionette Kingdom: The world is split between humans & a group of hedonistic superhumans known as Elves. The Elves are sadists and grant boons to those who provide ‘narratives’ for their pleasure. A small rebel group wants to turn to the Elves to help overthrow a massive tyrannical power – with the protagonist trying to sell himself as an ‘underdog’ to them. They agree, and grant the protagonist all the magical boons they have – but on the condition that he has to be willing to play out certain ‘plot twists’ and ‘conflicts’ for them. This usually involves immense suffering on the part of the protagonist & the deaths of his allies. A dark fantasy that critiques edgy dark fantasy narratives. (01/04/17)

18. The Sleepless: The first Hypermind came a hundred years ago, and he had both superior intelligence & telepathy – creating global peace as well as pulling science together into a ‘Theory of Everything’. He pulled the human race out of its primal slumber and ‘solved’ the problem of humanity. Now, humanity is stuck in a technological utopia, but there are no further developments because science has advanced too far for all except genius scientists. The only hope to go even farther is to wait for the next Hypermind through the lottery of birth. Many new mutant types, but none of them are the same as the Hypermind. A lot of these mutant babies are defective, and despite being granted powers, they are cursed with downsides as well. For example, someone that can create ‘charm’ pheromones will eventually suffer from megalomania and degrade into a psychopathic narcissist. A mutant that can secrete poison will eventually turn into a obsessive germophobe and start trying to eradicate anything ‘unclean’. They develop psychological flaws to show how biology is continuous with psychology & not separate (e.g. clinical depression derived from biological sicknesses). Most of them also suffer from insomnia. These mutant babies are placed in an area known as ‘The Sectors’ so that they don’t cause trouble for humans. They have to live with the fact that they will die young due to the inherent flaw in their own body.

Within the Sectors a few mutants are chosen to be a part of the ‘Sector Security Group (SSG) – where they have to take down any mutant that descends into madness and ‘turns villain’. They also have to face the fact that they too will become psychotic villains. This is a superhero story set in an utopia without crime, where the only villains are the heroes themselves and the sickness inside them. (Aria with Superheroes?!) (01/04/17 – Incidentally, I managed to write 11 chapters of this story, and I threw it away because I was writing it with too much angst)

19. I Woke From The Waters: Village cult story inspired by Ibn Khaldun’s ‘Rural-Civilized’ divide. Protagonist moves to the countryside from the city to uncover bizarre cult activities – much like many Japanese evil village novels out there. Due to his mythologization of the rural, he attributes it to ‘primal elements’ left by people who are behind in terms of civilization. Later, he finds out that the cult stems from a cult that started in the city, which was inspired by a tome found in an ancient civilization temple, which was derived from a Neo-Romanticist poet who idealized the primal human. That’s 3-4 levels of simulacra right there. (09/04/17)