CONSTELIS VOSS

EMPTY OF NOTHING — A Cyberpunk Semiotics Love Story

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Josh W

Empty of Nothing is a different beast from the Constellis Voss trilogy. It's an introspective look into a neurodivergent mind, embracing that their understanding of the world is different but not wrong. To the contrary, the author extolls that neurodivergence as a path to truth and perhaps liberation from the restrictions of a binary world. It's a very thorough exploration of a perspective often poorly understood by neurotypicals (including myself!).

It's a really great story to read after finishing the trilogy. It will get you to go back to Color Theory and start reading the original books all over again. Even without the preceding story's context, it's still a good mindtrip and exploration of neurodivergence but reading the whole trilogy beforehand makes it a real treat, especially as a prequel.

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Roz Rae
Unlearning is Arduous but Worth It

Empty of Nothing is mindfucky cyberpunk weirdness, and that's what you should love about it.

Whether you're a robot, a program, or a human, we all deal with garbage data. We can only create things with what we have and what we've learned. Garbage in, garbage out. That's all the harder to deal with when you feel EVERYTHING.

Find meaning along with our protagonists as they seek to understand a nonsensical system and realize that they're not the ones who are broken, in this prequel to the stunning trilogy Constelis Voss.

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A man wakes up alone in a surreal world of white rooms, small plants, cube-shaped food, curious tables and electronic dictionaries that hijack into neck ports. There is nothing here but empty space, empty people and the daily on/off grind. You’re born alone, feel only what you’re programmed to, hunt for your missing piece, die after coupling, and that’s that.

Or at least, that’s how it’s supposed to play out. There’s just one problem: The unnamed protagonist Lacks nothing and feels enough for several thousand lifetimes. He’s an Error. Burdened with self-awareness and insanity, our brave/broken hero battles an absurd world with nonsensical rules until he meets someone like him. A person, a destiny, a memory, or maybe a promise, the two struggle in a closed system hell-bent on keeping them in-line. For what purpose? It’s complicated.

Let’s just say nothing is what it seems and maybe the machines really will save humanity from its ultimate enemy: Itself.

eBook Specs:

File Type: .epub (2 and 3), .pdf, .mobi
Genre: 
sci-fi, cyberpunk, lgbt, absurdist fantasy, psychological thriller, adult
ISBN:
978-1-7368053-3-6

Length: A breezy (but dense) read, EMPTY OF NOTHING is 12 chapters long, just shy of 60 pages in fixed-width pdf format, and roughly 10,800 words.

CW:  This adult cyberpunk short story contains themes of mental illness, references to self-harm, a depiction of psychosis, implied sexual themes and humorous-violent imagery. While it has disturbing parts, it's also absurd, which tempers the work. Please enter it aware that we're on Brazil (85')-Meets-The-Cube ('97) hours and grapple with it accordingly. Good luck.

 

Note From the Author:

EMPTY OF NOTHING is a 12 chapter cyberpunk short story, a prequel to CONSTELIS VOSS—or perhaps a perpetual sequel—considering my robots play with time. But maybe it's more than that. Maybe EMPTY OF NOTHING is how social reality feels to an autistic person. Maybe it's how the game of good and evil really operates: the boringly cruel and the terrifyingly human, fighting for supremacy in an artificial world. Maybe it's even a story about forcing love to win at all costs.

In any case, this is imperfect queer fiction that examines an imperfect reality and asks: can we choose imperfect human goodness?

I think we can. I'd like to see us try. 

— K. Leigh