Thursday, August 12, 2010

Arnett Tanner Wants to Die: Update

As some of you know, I have been working on a novel called Arnett Tanner Wants to Die for the past several weeks.  It is set in a dystopian future in which entire personalities are uploaded onto backup hardware, and uploaded into new bodies when physical death occurs.  Death has been outlawed in the United States, and suicide in particular is extremely taboo. 

The story follows Arnett Tanner, and his Suicide Watch Officer (SWO) Lars Hanson as the former continues in a never ending attempt to kill himself.  Tanner, holding the distinction of the man who has killed himself the most times, continually struggles to come to terms with his abject boredom regarding life, and the effects he has on the people and the society around him.

I have a really good idea where Arnett Tanner Wants to Die is going, and wow this story is crazy twisted/fucked up/how did I even think of that?  All I can say is that it is really unclear to the reader at this point (and to the writer up until now), who the protagonist is, who the antagonist is, who the story is really about, who lives, who dies, why, and even, what the actual story really is.  I don't know if it will be as heavy and as deep and meaningful as I would like, but in writing it, one thing has become abundantly clear.  A world without death would be fucked up to the extreme.

Maybe that's enough.

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