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In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.
Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.
Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.
When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.
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Hi guys! I’m Kelly Haworth here with my debut release Y NEGATIVE. At various stops on this book tour, I’ll be sharing with you what it’s like to live in Ember’s world: where mascs rule and a guy’s gotta fight for his right to live and love freely. Posts will range from what the difference between a masc and an andro is, to what on earth a guy does for fun in a dystopia. Hope you come along for this in-depth look. You’ll also have a chance to win a $20 Riptide voucher!
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iPhone killed the iPod Star – Technology in Y Negative
So this is probably the subject that is going to make most of the scifi aficionados shake their heads at me. When I originally conceptualized the technology level of Ember’s world, I figured that even though we were super far future, the tech would be roughly the same, because these guys had to start from scratch after the “apocalypse.” But of course it wasn’t completely from scratch, as they had all the how to’s and encyclopedias that had survived. So figuring stuff out wasn’t the problem, resources and infrastructure were. I figured there’d be some stuff they’d get really good at really fast, and others that would be much more difficult.
For example, by this point, fossil fuels are completely out of the picture. The remaining cities across the globe use wind, solar, and hydroelectric dams. Solar is particularly prominent in Ember’s neck of the woods, though if we got a good look around Jess’s stomping grounds of Kansas City we’d see lots of energy plants stationed by the Missouri River.
Cars and trucks are all electric and solar, and since most cities have strived to become as independent as possible, trade is not a daily thing, so there’s no major thoroughfare (and no trains or airplanes) between the cities. Being more self-sufficient is more energy efficient than transporting goods.
Changing our focus to the smaller picture, I want to talk about everyone’s handheld devices, their Commons. In Ember’s world, your Common is a 100% necessity. You can’t prove who you are or pay for anything without one. These are today’s equivalent of an iPhone 6—somewhere between the size of a 6 and 6 plus, they store all your identification and banking information, place calls, browse the web, play music… however, no camera. When I thought of these “phones” back in 2011, I was slightly ahead of our world in terms of the size of the device and its ability to double as your wallet. That is of course much more standard today, though we do still need those pesky plastic cards sometimes.
Similarly to the multiple uses of the Common, computers in Ember’s world also earn their keep. Usually called consoles, they double as not just a personal computer for Internet and document processing, but as one’s TV, radio, and gaming console. In that regard, the guys probably wouldn’t feel too out of place with today’s gaming consoles, which have begun to have all the same capabilities. Though they’d be surprised by the size of our TV screens.
Being a computer technician, Ember can’t get enough of technology. He keeps savvy with all the latest trends so when people call him up asking for the newest hologram keyboards, he’ll know how to install them and how much they run. Hey, even if it’s completely unnecessary, business is business.
Yeah, no matter what apocalypse happens or what dystopia is set up, some things just don’t change.
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About the author:
Kelly Haworth grew up in San Francisco and has been reading science fiction and fantasy classics since she was a kid. She developed way too active an imagination as a result, thus, she started writing. Being genderfluid and pansexual, she loves to write LGBTQ+ characters in genres such as science fiction with diverse aliens, and urban fantasies with shifters and fire sorcerers. With degrees in both genetics and psychology, she works as a project manager at a genetics lab. When not working or writing, she can be found wrangling her toddler, working on cosplay, or curled up on the couch with a good TV show or a good book.
To celebrate the release of Y Negative, Kelly is giving away $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 21, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!
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