Rebooting Panoptica

Currently I am battling Amazon. I loaded Wandra Nomad’s book yesterday and Amazon responded with ‘There is stuff in this book that’s already been published by someone else’.

The only issue Wandra and I can think of is that one of the stories in her book -Dust Mote Meanderings – was published in Tales from Loch Doon (UA11). All the rest is previously unpublished. If that’s all it is it can be resolved, hopefully, very quickly. I just have to wait for Amazon to respond.

I have another Mark Ellott short story collection and a book by Gastradamus in the queue now, and those might also throw up the same issue. Just have to deal with it when it happens. There is also another book on the way from Wandra Nomad. Well, it’s not as if I’m going anywhere for the foreseeable future…

The Halloween anthology (UA12) is also getting stories and so far Mark Ellott is the only male author in there. Him and three women authors. Come on guys, where are you? Six stories in and submissions are open until September 30th. Yeah, I know, I have to write one too. I have some ideas.

Panoptica, though. I started hard on this one last January, then it stalled when my father died and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket since then. It did give me time to think though.

I was concerned about 10538’s brain chip. It could block memories and insert false ones. It seemed maybe a bit too far fetched. Recharging all his chips was easy. Cybermen (Dr. Who) and the Borg (Star Trek) had that covered for me. They stood in alcoves to recharge – and interestingly, they were doing this before real life wireless charging had been invented. Now it has been, maybe they will be too.

Still, had I gone too far with the brain chip? Had I crossed from plausible into absurd? Here are some quotes from a real world article –

And the goals were striking: a mass-market brain implant that could be installed by a robot via same-day surgery.

The device looks like a very thick coin or miniature hockey puck, and it contains all the hardware needed to keep the implant functional. This includes a battery large enough for all-day operation and the hardware needed for wireless inductive charging.

– It’s absolutely necessary for a device that will be communicating via a low-bandwidth interface like Bluetooth.

The chip will also allow the electrodes to be used to stimulate neurons,

I needn’t have worried. The Brain Chip is real and ready to be tested on humans. Sure, it’s being developed with good intentions, but then so was nuclear power. Someone is going to hack this thing and once governments get hold of the controls, well… then everyone needs to worry because once it’s in, you can’t just dig it out. Not unless you want an inch-wide hole left in your skull.

Well that’s that problem sorted. The genderless society is well under way too and I now have a solution to how children have no idea how they were born and adults have no concept of death, other than through accidents. The real world is following the fiction very closely… unfortunately.

Within the writing lay the problem of 10538’s recovered memories. As he explained them to Doc, it meant repeating earlier chapters. That was starting to get tedious.

So I have to restart Panoptica. Not entirely from scratch but some rearranging is needed. I’ll use the lead in stories to start the book, showing how the world developed, and start the book proper when he gets on the train to Pensionville. All the backstory can then come out as his brain chip is sequentially shut down. I had already explained why it can’t be simply removed. That backstory will, of course, come out in reverse but that’s not an insurmountable problem.

I already knew where the story was going, the issue was in how to get there. Now I think I have a better idea of how it all pans out, thanks to Elon, the Billy Gates Gruff and the other maniacs making this all come true.

Let’s see if I can get to the end before they do.

12 thoughts on “Rebooting Panoptica

    • I did have this once before, I can’t remember which book but last time, like this time, there was nothing specific.

      One possibility – Smashwords were uncharacteristically fast this time. The ebook went premium almost at once and was on Barnes and Noble in no time. It could be that Amazon picked up that listing for the same book while they worked through their manual review. It might be best to let Amazon finish messing around before loading on Smashwords.

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  1. ”That backstory will, of course, come out in reverse but that’s not an insurmountable problem.”

    Not at all. One of my favourite-ever books, “Time’s Arrow” by Martin Amis, is told entirely backwards, and it’s an absolutely riveting (and fascinatingly clever) read.

    Can’t wait for Panoptica to start re-appearing. I was desperate to know what happened to 10538!

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    • Have you seen the 1950s Kubrick film called, “The Killing”? It’s all over the place, time-wise, but manages to be comprehensible. Even when ‘the killing’ (i.e. a $2 million robbery at a racetrack) is taking place, the film can suddenly go back to earlier in the day when one of the characters is beginning his part in the plot (If my memory still works). It’s a low-budget film, but about as good as any film gets. I think initial audiences were confused, so it was remade in chronological order, but it turned out that people preferred the mixed-up version after all. Not that I would set about to write a book this way intentionally. Perhaps the writers just wrote down the story as it came to them in bits and that’s how they filmed it. Maybe they were just fortunate that it worked.

      Perhaps most things work. I’m thinking of the editing of the different versions of the top-brass commies’ scene in “The Manchurian Candidate.” My copy has a documentary or director’s commentary or both and it seems that the editor (or someone else) was just instructed to quickly cobble something together and that’s the version they more-or-less used for the film. To have spent time carefully working out the editing would have been very confusing, frustrating and time-consuming, I think.

      Maybe you shouldn’t be too concerned and we’ll tell you if it works. OTOH, you don’t want to waste even more time on something that doesn’t work. Sorry – I tried to be helpful. Just do what feels right, would be my advice. Presumably, the basic story is pretty much like a motion picture in your mind, so rejigging it should be natural and quick and easy. That’s my theory.


      As for RFID chips, they might be old-school in another generation. They might catch on first, if it’s even possible to wire up an instrument as complex as the human brain for mind control, but I expect they’re further on than they let on. Non-intrusive methods are being developed. Sorry about this being a Grauniad link, but I kind of think that if the Graun doesn’t write about a ‘conspiracy theory’ with the intention purely of mocking it, then it should probably be taken seriously.

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      • There’s a video on one of Amazing Polly’s channel on YT which talks about the technological advances. Fraid I can’t remember the title of her video but it’s one in which she features four or five videos which include one by the World Economic Forum.


        • I’ve not heard of Polly, but these globalist talking shops (with political clout) are a rich source of The Way It Has To Be to combat climate change, including relabelling realists/rationalists/educated people as callous Nazis driven by greed and especially by hatred of people in poor countries. Presumably poor people here are somehow proportionately disadvantaged by climate change as well. The fat controllers will make the data fit the politics with the help of the University of East Anglia, or Sheffield or Stirling or…

          You were talking about technology. Same people will be pushing that. Seems to be the ‘private’ foundations and companies at the mo, like Billy Gates Gruff and Elon Musk (don’t know if Leggy has a comedic sobriquet for the urban spaceman yet). I still remember ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and some of the predictions made in the 70s. We should be working one day a week by now and spending the rest of the time sailing, playing golf (well, computer games now), etc.


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