’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 10 of 10)

Welcome to the final serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing the story via links found at J.C.’s About 7th Son page. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: The battle concluded at Folie a Duex, with devastating results. Hugh Sheridan revealed a final secret to Father Thomas. In this final episode, the Beta clones’ mission concludes … or does it

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 9)

Welcome to the eighth serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing the story via links found at J.C.’s About 7th Son page. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: In California, Michael, Dr. Mike and John and the 7th Son soldiers invaded the night club — and found themselves in a trap, staring at John Alpha himself. Kilroy2.0, Jack and Jay slipped into the CDC’s secure intranet, searching for NEPTH-charge victims. In Russia, the Devlins began their first — and final — mission together. Father Thomas finally met Hugh Sheridan … and the true nature of Project 7th Son was unveiled.

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 8)

Welcome to the eighth serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing the story via links found at J.C.’s About 7th Son page. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: The story shifted to Houston, where billionaire oil tycoon A.U. Rookman conducted a videoconference with a John Alpha. Michael, John, Dr. Mike and the 7th Son soldiers reached Los Angeles. After a tense ride through the streets of West Hollywood, the team arrived at Folie a Deux. At the 7th Son facility, Father Thomas, Jack and Jay learned more about Kilroy2.0′s world. A powerful benefactor helped Kilroy in a time of need.

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 7)

Welcome to the seventh serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing the story via links found at J.C.’s About 7th Son page. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: The Beta clones finalized their plans for their cross-country trek. Gen. Hill explained the true power of Code Phantom security clearance. The clones called home, to chat with family and lovers. John and the Mikes headed westward, to California . . . and a likely showdown with John Alpha.

Meanwhile back at the 7th Son facility, Jay, Jack, Kilroy2.0 and Father Thomas attempted to understand John Alpha’s scheme. Kilroy2.0 enlisted the help of his cyberflock. Their dedication was chilling: “I comply.”

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 6)

Welcome to the sixth serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: John, Kilroy2.0, Father Thomas and four other unwitting human clones have been assembled by the U.S. government to track their villainous progenitor, a psychopath responsible for the murder of the president. His plans of terror are just beginning.

In the last episode, the clones continued to decipher John Alpha’s Morse code clue. Meanwhile at a military base in the Russian wilderness, a former CIA agent named Doug Devlin reminisces about his past — and his current alliance with Alpha. A much larger conspiracy is unveiled.

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 5)

Welcome to the fifth serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. A recent review in Publishers Weekly said, “(T)hriller readers seeking edge-of-your-seat action flavored with conspiracy and futuristic tech will love every page.”

If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing part one, part two, part three and part four. You can also dive in right

now, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: John, Kilroy 2.0, Father Thomas and the other “Beta Clones” were told that John Alpha’s plans for chaos reached well beyond the recent assassination of the U.S. president. Their villianous progenitor possessed terrifying technologies that permit him to record and implant human memories into anyone.

Meanwhile in Washington D.C., Vice President Charles Caine visited a civilian hospital to receive a routine physical examination…but things did not go as planned. Back at the 7th Son facility, the clones solved the riddle Alpha had left for them. Its solution was cryptic: the song L.A. Woman, by The Doors.

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 4)

Welcome to the fourth serialized audio installment of J.C. Hutchins’ 7th Son: Descent, a high-tech thriller novel. In 7th Son, human cloning isn’t near — it’s already here.

If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing part one, part two and part three.

THE STORY SO FAR: Yesterday, seven men were kidnapped and brought to a secret government science facility. There, they discovered that they were unwitting human clones, identical in flesh and childhood memories. Their creators assembled them to stop the man behind the recent assassination of the U.S. president: a psychopath code-named John Alpha … the very man they were cloned from years ago.

John, Kilroy2.0, Father Thomas and the other “Beta Clones” were told that Alpha’s plans for chaos were just beginning, and he had terrifying technologies at his disposal that permit him to record and implant human memories into anyone. Further, he abducted Dania Sheridan, the woman the clones remember as their mother … and left a clue for them to find him.

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’7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 3)

Welcome to the third serialized audio installment of J.C. Hutchins’ SF thriller 7th Son: Descent, a novel set in present day featuring human cloning, dangerous technologies, and “beyond Top Secret” government conspiracies.

If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, catching up is a breeze. You can find the novel’s first installment here, and its second installment here. Or you can dive in right away, right here!

THE STORY SO FAR: Two weeks after the bizarre murder of the U.S. president, seven strangers were torn from their “normal” lives and brought to a secret government science facility. Despite minor differences in appearance, it was clear they were the same man, with identical childhood memories.

These seven “John Michael Smiths” were unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment. Each man — carpenter John, demented hacker Kilroy2.0, marine Michael and the others — were brought here because their creators identified the man behind the president’s assassination. It’s the man they were cloned from — the man whose childhood memories they all share — a ruthless psychopath code-named “John Alpha.”

As the clones wrestle with these revelations, the Project 7th Son staffers promise to reveal even more about their extraordinary origins…

Note: The novel features Rated R violence and adult language. Awwww yeaahhhhh.

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[Note: Continued from Part 1.]

Recent events and discussions once again bring the topic of genre fiction’s mainstream respectability to the forefront. So we thought it’d be timely to ask this week’s panelists:

Q: In your opinion, does literary science fiction and fantasy have mainstream respect? Why, if at all, does it need mainstream approval? What would such approval mean for genre fiction?

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Lucius Shepard
Lucius Shepard is a writer who lives in Vancouver. The Best of Lucius Shepard, a career retrospective, is now available from Subterranean Press, and next year will see the publication of a new as yet untitled novel.

I don’t believe mainstream approval would or will do much for genre fiction. It appears to do quite well in the marketplace as things stand, and lumping it together with the mainstream might, heaven forfend, see a decline in the sale of fantasy trilogies. There are authors-Tom Disch springs to mind-who have/had literary aspirations that such approval might have helped, at least as far as gaining them the respect of the literary establishment, but would it have sold more of their books? Perhaps, but who can say?

Does genre fiction have mainstream respect? Not so much, but it’s gaining respect, I think, in certain quarters thanks to folks like Junot Diaz and Michael Chabon. The previous generation of American writers didn’t like to admit they were nerds and geeks ; they were still trapped in antiquated self-images, considering themselves junior Hemmingways and Woolfs, and were threatened by anything that might erode those images; but the fact that both Diaz and Chabon seem to embrace their inner geek has prompted a number of their peers to come out of the closet and admit what an influence Steven King, say, had on their writerly lives and, in several cases, to write genre novels. Yet there are instances today where a writer has felt he had to escape the genre. Take Jonathan Lethem, for example. I feel you can’t generalize intelligently about this topic-it’s such an individual matter. For instance, not all writers are capable of being the self-promoters that Lethem was/is (and I mean this in the most positive sense.) Tom Disch, for sure, wasn’t capable of it. Though he could be charming, his personality was far too prickly for mass consumption.

My own attitude is this. I enjoy writing. I’m fortunate enough to have made a living at it for 25 years. I don’t write to be respected-I write to tell stories I find interesting, to communicate a mood, to resolve inner turmoil, and for a variety of personal reasons, not least among them being that I suck at holding down a steady job. Mainstream respect for what I write would be nice, but I simply haven’t cared about it enough to do doggie tricks. It’s no big deal one way or another.

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Welcome to the second serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ SF thriller novel 7th Son: Descent. To celebrate the Oct. 27 release of the book, J.C. is releasing Descent in several free serialized formats: PDF, blog text, and audio. We’re distributing the audio version of the novel in 10 (count ‘em) weekly installments.

In the last serialized episode, U.S. president Hank “Gator” Griffin was assassinated by a four-year-old boy during a stumping rally in Kentucky. The child died not long after, offering no clues for his murderous motives.

Two weeks later, seven strangers were ripped from their normal lives on the same day, kidnapped by mysterious government agents, and brought to a “beyond Top Secret” facility. Locked in the same room, these seven men realized that, despite slight variations in their appearance, they all appeared to be the same man. Are they brothers? Each remembers being an only child.

The men, however, have very different personalities and skills:

  • John, a blue-collar DIY type, and musician
  • Michael, a determined USMC captain
  • Jay, a timid field agent for the United Nations
  • Father Thomas, a Catholic priest
  • Dr. Mike, a smug criminal profiler
  • Kilroy2.0, a demented, messianic computer hacker

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The president of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy…

Those are the opening lines of J.C. Hutchins’ sci-fi thriller novel 7th Son: Descent, which will hit North American bookstores on Oct. 27.

The book has an interesting history. When dozens of publishing pros rejected 7th Son in 2005, J.C. reckoned the book would never be published. But convinced the story he’d told was worth sharing, he took to the “podwaves” in 2006 and released 7th Son: Descent as a free serialized podcast novel. The story — a modern-day tale about human cloning, memory recording, government conspiracies and a villain bent on global chaos — captured the imagination of tens of thousands of listeners. Thanks to the quality of the story and the evangelism of these fans, an editor at St. Martin’s Press took notice of 7th Son: Descent. The company offered to publish it. Hutchins is one of a few “podnovelists” who have landed such a deal with a major publisher.

To celebrate the October 27 release of the book, J.C. is releasing the “print edition” of 7th Son: Descent in several serialized formats: PDF, blog text, and audio. We think J.C.’s personal story — and the 7th Son novel — is worthy of support, and are helping distribute the audio version of the novel right here at SF Signal for the next ten weeks, starting today!

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SF Tidbits for 10/8/09

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An Interview with Innovative Author J.C. Hutchins

J.C. Hutchins is an award-winning novelist best known for his 7th Son technothriller trilogy, which he released as free, serialized audiobooks between 2006 and 2007. With approximately 100,000 downloads of his episodic fiction still occurring each month, 7th Son is the most popular “podcast novel” series in history. The trilogy — and its 2008 groundbreaking spinoff anthology Obsidian — are available for free download at 7thSonNovel.com. The first novel in the series, Descent, will be published this fall by St. Martin’s Press. Personal Effects: Dark Art, his new supernatural thriller series, was recently released.

SF Signal had the opportunity to talk to J.C. about his novels and the innovative way in which he creates new and different entertainment experiences for readers.

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SF Tidbits for 8/15/09

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SF Tidbits for 7/23/09

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