In 2066, superheroes aren’t born; they’re made.
Nanotechnology has helped gene therapy reach new heights, but not everyone is granted access to treatment. Defending the powerless has fallen into the hands of Alta Williams, the only known survivor of a full nanoCell organ transplant and host to the mysterious program D.N.A. Alta, able to change her genetic code at will, can fight those who take advantage of the Non-Generation – but at what cost?
A few days ago, I finally got to release a novella I’ve been waiting to tell you about since April. D.N.A. is a serial novel concept that had been playing around in my mind for well over a year, when it was first released in Heroes & Villains (Writers’ Anarchy III). This edition has further edits, and a handful of beautiful illustrations from multimedia artist Kevin Nichols, who also did the cover art.
I’m super thrilled about it.
The ideas behind D.N.A. are many, but they consolidate into questions on humanity, femininity, and LGBTQ issues. More than that, though, it’s a fast-paced science fiction with a superhero twist. Alta, my protagonist, has a pretty classic transformation story. Burned in a chemical fire in her early twenties. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology: an entirely new synthetic skin. A self-learning A.I. as sidekick. You can sort of picture it as Ghost in the Shell meets Animorphs meets Batman Beyond.
If you visit the book’s launch page, you can get access to all of the current Amazon buy links available for the title, or, if you want to read the story but don’t have a MOBI reader, I’m more than happy to send a PDF or ePub version to those willing to put their honest review up on their blog, Goodreads, or Amazon for this first installment. Just use the contact form or comment here!
Here’s what a few of the early reviewers had to say:
“A fast-paced treat, with lots of action and cool tech, D.N.A. is a very satisfying read for any Sci-fi fan. I really enjoyed the rapport between Alta and her artificial skin. It’s one of those relationships that you can see making them an iconic duo. Hurst keeps the high concept tech grounded with Alta’s personal journey, giving it more depth. And I love the artwork.”
“This is a fast-paced tale that will leave you breathless and wanting more. A lot more. Just when I was beginning to see how much potential was inside Alta—altered human and main character—I found myself at the story’s end. I can only hope that this is the first of many volumes.”
“D.N.A. is an origin story for a superhero in the making. A product of a biopunk future that relies on state-sponsored eugenics much like that of A Brave New World or Code 46, Alta is allowed to survive a crippling chemical fire with DNA, an AI cluster of nano technology that allows her to tap into the power of nearly all fauna from the world over. We’re only given a glimpse in this first installment of the series, but I expect both Alta and the corporate entity she’s warring against to give us more biopunk craziness in this future that doesn’t seem too far away.”
I’m getting ready to start the first draft of the second installment, and I’ve got a question for you guys: If you were Alta…. if you suddenly had the entire Genome Project at your fingertips…. which genetic source would you use to fight crime? Or, which DNA would you use to perpetrate it? Let me know!
PS- I’ve got a giveaway going on right now that you should check out on Moonbeams Over Atlanta. It’ll only be live for a few more days!