Monday, March 5, 2012

Dystopunk - a new genre?

This is the initial cover sketch for my forthcoming novel Sulan, Book 1: The League. On the cover is the heroine, Sulan Hom, and her genetically engineered pet, Riska.



I’m describing the Sulan series as dystopunk. Yeah, I totally made that up. *grins sheepishly* I’ve been mulling over existing genres for quite a while, trying to figure out where my story fits. One beta reader told me it’s dystopia. But it has such a strong element of virtual reality/cyberspace that pigeonholing it as dystopia doesn’t seem right. Nor does calling it cyberpunk seem right, since it doesn’t have the hard science edge that most cyberpunk novels have.

Ultimately I see the book as equal parts dystopia and cyberpunk. So I’m calling it dystopunk.

If you don’t think I’m a total dork, help me spread the word about dystopunk! Tweet it, facebook it, blog it, etc.

9 comments:

  1. Ha! Dystopunk. That's awesome. So many books these days all dip their toes into different genres that it's hard to define them. I think it's the mark of a good writer to be able to blend. Will help you champion the dystopunk craze!

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  2. Dystopunk! Well, why not? You can mix just about any genre with any other genre. That's very clever.

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  3. I like it! Like it a lot. :) That sketch totally has my imagination firing; I look forward to learning more about your story...

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  4. @ BJ -- Thanks! Glad you like the cover! I am in love with the critter. :) My book is coming out in June and I should have a synopsis ready in the next few weeks.

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  5. Haha! It was the word "dystopunk" that caught my intrest, just now, and inspired me to buy Sulan book 1. I can't wait to get reading xD

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  6. Haha! It was the word "dystopunk" that caught my intrest, just now, and inspired me to buy Sulan book 1. I can't wait to get reading xD

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    1. @ Karma Ransom -- Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you enjoy Sulan!

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