Monday, November 19, 2012

Cyberpunk Robin Hood by fellow author Judy Dawn

The Making of Miracles
by Judy Dawn

I heard that miracles happen on Kickstarter. Innovators ask their real friends, online friends, and kind-hearted strangers to chip in and help make dreams reality. The supporters (backers) enjoy the sweet satisfaction of knowing they helped an innovator realize their goal. And the innovator supplies a token of appreciation in return, a reward, to the backer.

When I heard miracles happened on Kickstarter, I knew it was the place to launch my cyberpunk Robin Hood concept.

I started my writing career with a number of different slogans helping to describe my characters journey. None of them really accurately depicted my stories. But like those projects, I needed a nutshell description for my cyberpunk Robin Hood Kickstarter campaign.

In my research, I came across a science fiction sub-genre called cyberpunk. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find this genre:

Cyberpunk is a postmodern science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life." The name was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story "Cyberpunk," published in 1983. It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Isaac Asimov's Foundation or Frank Herbert's Dune.

Now, everyone knows Robin Hood stories deal with taking from the corrupt rich and giving to the suppressed poor. I’m one who enjoys this premise too. There are a number of theories that attempt to identify a historical Robin Hood. It has long been suggested, by John Maddicott, that "Robin Hood" was a stock alias used by thieves in 1911. The earliest recorded example, in connection with May games in Somerset, dates from 1518.

My cyberpunk Robin Hood catch phrase is born: In 2050, Robin Hood fights Social V3 Elites for freedom over our online communities and entertainment.  

Robin Hood dedicates her time and talents in ending the Elite’s strangle hold on the combined real world and virtual world experience. She uses every resource and skill she can muster to stop the climbing exchange rates that are bleeding people’s accounts.

However, the Elites absorb her hacker attacks unaffected. She doubts her ability to change the system or create enough awareness about the immediate future. How can she and her small group stop the downward spiral of world economy?

I’ve chosen a female cyberpunk Robin Hood because I write strong, sassy female characters. I’m serious about this book, and now, I feel an added commitment to my Kickstarter backers. I’m in overdrive on this one. I hope you’ll take time to check out “Cyberpunk Robin Hood ” and other Kickstarter projects. For more about me, check out Thank you for spreading the word.


Judy Dawn

I’m excited to write this story because I support innovative technologies. Long ago, I had an idea to create a three dimensional room where people could experience a story. I started my journey in computer science and earned a university degree in graphic design. Today, virtual worlds are a reality and they’re getting better and better. But until the technology is fully there, I’ll push the limits through stories that challenge the imagination.
I published my first two books to Amazon Kindle in 2010. I’ve also been heavily involved with the Romance Writers of America as President of Elements and co-moderator of the Kiss of Death Invisible Words loop. I'm also a member of Puget Sound Northwest Writers Association.
Now I’m getting back to my roots and going cyberpunk with my Robin Hood novels. What better way to kick off than with Kick Starter? I’m very excited to begin this journey with my backers.