THE APOTHEOSIS OF EVERYBOT, a novel by Connor Coyne





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a free serial novel

Okay, I’m going to take a stab at this.
I usually like to refine an idea for a bit longer before putting it out there, but everything is upside-down, so why not try?
If I think it’s good and people are reading it, I’ll keep going.
If I think it sucks, or if nobody is reading it, I’ll find a better use of my time. (Nothing personal, but “virtue isn’t everything, so don’t waste time.”)

THE CONCEPT: A serial novel, with a chapter released maybe, I don’t know, once per month, starting on Friday 1/20/2017 and continuing approximately through November 2020 or January 2021, depending on circumstances.

THE STORY: Two robotic engineers — one brilliant and filled with Messianic intentions, and one passionate and Machiavellian — create nine sentient robots to help humanity survive the 21st century.

However, in a social milieu that turns truth into lies and lies into entertainment, in an emergent dog-eat-dog political order, in which the leader of the land is a greedy narcissist with fascist tendencies, one of the scientists goes rogue and reprograms eight of the nine robots to take over the world.

The “good doctor” teams up with the remaining robot to restore order. But order on whose behalf? Who is good and who is evil? What are machines made for and what are our cultural institutions but the machinery of human society? In which order should our heroes(?) fight their robotic opponents? And, to quote Pontius Pilate, “what is truth?”



Chapter One

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Connor Coyne is a novelist living and working in Flint, Michigan. His first novel, Hungry Rats has been hailed by Heartland prize-winner Jeffery Renard Allen as "an emotional and aesthetic tour de force." His second novel, Shattering Glass, has been praised by Gordon Young, author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City as "a hypnotic tale that is at once universal and otherworldly." Connor represented Flint's 7th Ward as its artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant, through which artists engaged ward residents to produce creative work in service of the 2013 City of Flint Master Plan. Connor's work has been published in Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, East Village Magazine, Flint Broadside, Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, The Saturnine Detractor, and Qua. Connor lives in Flint's East Village, less than a mile from the house where he grew up.

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