Then one day I decided to return to my creative-writing roots and began working on my first novel-length, science fiction story. What started out as a high-tech adventure, with a young man attempting to rescue his girlfriend from a virtual reality simulation against the backdrop of the "technological singularity," evolved into a story about accepting the choices of our past, as well as reconciling our relationships with our parents, both before and after death. That novel, Cyberdrome, was finally published in 2008 and has now been read by over 40,000 people around the world, gained critical success, and created a huge fan base.
Spurred on by the success of that book, I decided to start another. However, rather than continue with the sequel to Cyberdrome (yes, there will be one), I decided to give myself a bigger challenge, and started a 5-book, dystopian, undersea series called, Novum. As before, what began as the adventures of a young, reluctant, cargo-ship captain trying to eke out a living below the surface of a distant "water world" (a planet covered by ocean) evolved into something more: a story of relationships, the importance of overcoming our caveman-inherited fear of the unknown, and the futility--and sometimes danger--of trying to live in the past.
What's next? I have a few more books to finish in my Novum series, and then I plan to start the long-awaited Cyberdrome sequel. Along the way, I also hope to complete some of the backlog of short stories I have outlined, covering topics ranging from how paradigms affect our view of the world, to the very nature of reality, so be sure to follow me on one of the social media links on my website (JosephRhea.com/contact) to receive updates and release dates, or just stop by to chat.
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