Dubai, United Arab Emirates
‘Fire Over Light’ is a hard science fiction story that explores societal conflict in a setting in which humankind has divided into two distinct species through the intersection of artificial intelligence, economics and genetic-engineering. It is also a narrative experiment, with multi-threaded stories delivered through the net, with each user able to download content according to their personal schedule.
The Delivery Schedule Each episode is designed to be read in 45 minutes, part of that was to reflect the time it takes to watch a show on television. It’s also the time of commutes on public transport, so it’s meant to be something readers can consume in the void moments we all find ourselves in. The weekly schedule, was again, inspired by television where you had to wait a week to get the next chapter.
Hard-Science Fire Over Light is intensively driven by hard-science where possible, there’s a balance with speculative fiction, and predicting where technology will be in 60 years. For as much as I’d love to have plasma weapons, unleashing torrents of lethal energy, it’s just not feasible to pack that much power into a handheld weapon. Almost all of the concepts have a ‘root’ in reality, not just the physics, but the emergent trends in artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.