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James Patterson launched a piece of interactive fiction on Fb Messenger

One of many world’s best-selling authors is experimenting with a brand new type of digital-first storytelling. James Patterson has partnered with F...


One of many world’s best-selling authors is experimenting with a brand new type of digital-first storytelling.

James Patterson has partnered with Fb to launch his newest novel,‘The Chef’, on its messaging app. The thriller has been obtainable to learn on Fb Messenger since Tuesday and can make its print debut in February. readers simply must ship a message to “The Chef by James Patterson” on Messenger to get began with the immersive studying expertise.

Fb Messenger counts 1.three billion month-to-month customers. Patterson, identified for the Alex Cross sequence, ‘The President is Lacking,’ ‘Witch & Wizard,’ and others, has bought some 375 million books worldwide.

The story follows Caleb Rooney, a New Orleans police detective by day and meals truck chef by evening that’s been accused of homicide. The brief novel is formatted like a sequence of textual content messages, with video, audio, pictures and paperwork interspersed. Rooney and the guide’s different main characters have Instagram accounts for followers to work together with.

The novel’s social media play faucets into the brand new era of content material shoppers — these accustomed to layered, multi-media experiences.

Patterson instructed Cheddar he considers the venture a “bookie,” or a guide meets a film. The creator is not any stranger to progressive experiments, he’s beforehand launched a line of super-short, $ four books and was an early pioneer of e-books.

“It’s so necessary to me that books … sustain — that they enter the fashionable age,” Patterson stated.

Science fiction author Harlan Ellison is lifeless


Harlan Ellison, the 84-year-old writer of a few of the best-known science fiction tales of all time, has died. His dying was introduced on Twitter by Christine Valada.

Along with quick fiction, Ellison additionally wrote for the films and TV, most notably penning “The Metropolis on the Fringe of Perpetually” — he was vocally sad with how his script was rewritten, however the filmed model continues to be typically thought-about the best episode of any Star Trek sequence.

Ellison additionally made his mark as an editor, due to his 1967 anthology “Harmful Visions” — whereas the tales’ intercourse and violence, in addition to their stylistic experimentation, might now not appear groundbreaking, “Harmful Visions” stays the definitive assortment of New Wave science fiction.

He was additionally a trainer, most notably championing the work of “Kindred” writer Octavia Butler after assembly her on the Clarion Workshop. And he experimented with different media as properly, for instance engaged on the pc recreation adaptation of his story “I Have No Mouth, and I Should Scream” and even offering the voice for the sport’s evil AI.

However the tales had been his biggest accomplishment. Tales like “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ mentioned the Ticktockman” (a couple of future the place being late is the best crime) and “The Deathbird” (a person witnesses the dying Earth’s closing moments) and “Fairly Maggie Moneyes” (the saddest Las Vegas ghost story you’ll ever learn) received him many awards, and have been anthologized many occasions. They present a pessimistic creativeness at work — his most well-known tales typically finish in dying or defeat — however due to the great power of Ellison’s writing, they’re by no means dour or boring.

Ellison was a hero of mine, particularly once I was youthful. He appeared just like the sort of author I wished to be once I grew up, somebody who might be wildly inventive whereas remaining passionately engaged with the world’s actual issues. Actually, I wrote a complete faculty software essay about how I wished to be him, and later, once I needed to write an journey recreation for sophistication, I borrowed shamelessly from the post-apocalyptic, underground suburbs of his story “A Boy and His Canine”.

(I wasn’t the one one who cribbed from Ellison. After seeing similarities along with his quick story/”Outer Limits” script “Soldier”, Ellison sued the makers of “The Terminator” — they settled, and his identify was added to the credit.)

It’s been some time since Ellison was within the highlight. He hasn’t been writing a lot, and since his popularity rested on quick tales, he didn’t have a novel like “Dune” or a “Stranger in a Unusual Land” or a “Left Hand of Darkness” sitting on bookstore cabinets for brand new readers to find him.

When he did get consideration, it was often as a result of he’d mentioned or carried out one thing offensive or dumb. (Ellison by no means appeared to again down from controversy — not for nothing was a current biography titled “A Lit Fuse“.)

However the tales stay. For many who’ve learn and liked them, what we’ll keep in mind — what I’ll keep in mind — is the unusual hum of the Ticktockman, the laughter of the mad AI ruling over the ruins of the Earth, and Maggie’s drained eyes staring out from a haunted slot machine.