Warren Ellis is one of my absolute favorite writers, and he’s doing an interesting thing with a serialized story right now. Normal refers to a center where Futurists get sent after they go crazy. The first part isn’t long, but it sets up really interesting characters, and ends with a mystery. The most compelling writing was about the experience of being cut off from your internets, and the overwhelming compulsion to stay caught up. There are so many podcasts, and messaging services, and newsfeeds, and they’re all asking for your attention, and that works, until it doesn’t It seems like Normal is about what happens when that level of engagement and networked life stops working.
The next part comes out July 19th, and I’m looking forward to it.