The Aristillus Series

The Aristillus Series is pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI…and really, really big guns.

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Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years, and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is making sure that no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals used a privately developed anti-gravity drive to equip obsolete and rusting sea-going cargo ships – and flew them to the moon.

There, using real world tunnel-boring-machines and earth-moving equipment, they’ve built their own retreat. If Ayn Rand’s ‘Galt’s Gulch’ had American capitalists, Chinese refugees, Mexican hydroponic farmers, Nigerian restaurant owners and Vietnamese space suit mechanics and was located in the underground tunnels of a lunar border-town, you’d have something like the city of Aristillus.


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There’s a problem, though: the economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the political powers-that-be in Washington DC and elsewhere. To shore up their positions they need slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they’re mining. The conflicts start small, but rapidly escalate.

There are zero-gravity gun fights in rusted ocean going ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, and an astoundingly visual climax where -in the midst of all out warfare…well, you’ll have to read the novels.

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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: JUN 2014

11 Responses to The Aristillus Series

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  2. Richard says:

    Thanks for contacting me on Twitter when I mentioned I was reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress!

  3. 112358 says:

    TJIC,

    I just read your post on Vox Popoli, saw your book description and link. I thought, “an homage to Galt’s Gulch…I’ve got to see this.”

    After just a quick look at the book’s blurb I’ve got to say I’m impressed! I was just thinking about something along these lines recently (not an idea for a book…just a thought about a future population that flees earth for the moon, etc.) so this really struck a chord with me.

    I’m going to sign up for release date notification for PoTE.

    • Travis J I Corcoran says:

      Bob,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      I’m working my butt off to make this the best book it can possibly be (I’m writing a really cool scene right now – I hope to be done with draft 3 just before Christmas).

      Thanks for signing up, and please add morlockpublishing.com to your RSS reader – I post excerpts a few times a week, take feedback from readers, answer questions, etc.

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  6. N Semaj says:

    The only mistake was not writing “What? Too early?” at the end of the blog post.

  7. dirkmaster says:

    Read your comment on Popehat. These sound great. Might there be an ebook version before deadtree version?

    • Travis J I Corcoran says:

      Yes, there will definitely be an e- version. Prob at the same exact time as the dead tree version.

      Expect it summer 2014.

  8. Hi-

    Found your link off of John Wright’s page, and I decided to give your summary a read-through and see if it was something I’d be interested in. You seem to have a spelling error at the end of the first paragraph; did you mean “ships”?

    “Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals used a privately developed anti-gravity drive to equip obsolete and rusting sea-going cargo ship – and flew them to the moon.”

    Normally I’d never point out a spelling error on an internet site, but since this is your advertising copy, where you’re trying to impress readers with your writing ability to the point where they’ll pay you money, I figured you would want to know about it.

    “Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals used a privately developed anti-gravity drive to equip obsolete and rusting sea-going cargo ship – and flew them to the moon.”

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