YET ANOTHER UPDATE (I thought I would put one up top rather than at the bottom for once.) Stillness, and all of the content published on the Speculist, is now subject to a creative commons license. Feel free to copy and distribute Stillness, or write a new chapter, or whatever, all subject to the stipulations outlined on the deed.
Stillness is a novel, a work of speculative fiction. It attempts to be many things: a thriller, a love story, a metaphysical meditation, a farce, all set against the backdrop of what I believe is an original way of ending the world.We'll see.
If it's been done before, I'm sure some of you will let me know.
I started publishing Stillness the same week I launched The Speculist. I'm publishing the novel in serial form, running a new chapter every week. So far I've received some very encouraging feedback. Thank you to those who have sent e-mails or written comments, especially Virginia Warren, who has been helping me out with a few typographical irregularities and Alex Alemi, who lets me know when a chapter hasn't been published on time.
My original plan was to publish 75% of the novel over the next few months. Then I would revise what I had published here and go out and land a lucrative contract for the entire book. I would leverage myself into old media (book publishing) via new media (the blog). But I've been thinking about it, and that idea stinks.
No, not because I have a problem "managing expectations." What does that term mean, anyway?
It stinks because it's only right that I share the entire novel with you, good readers. Many of you have been following fathfully along, and I think even more of you would give the book a try if you knew you were getting the whole thing. So it's decided. I'm publishing the whole novel online.
I was afraid before that I might cut into the book's commercial viability by publishing it here. But I see now that that's a mistake. If people enjoy reading the book online, the published version can serve as a "director's cut" that extends the story.
Plus, who knows? Maybe there will be sequels.
UPDATE: Rather than running a new one of these entries every week, I've decided to start using this one over and over. So feel free to comment, if you wish.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Per the comments, below, Stillness is going to be published under a Creative Commons License. More details to come.
by Philip Bowermaster
Chapter 1, in which Reuben sees lights.
Chapter 2, in which Sergei gives advice.
Chapter 3, in which Ksenia looks at cars.
Chapter 4, in which Reuben falls.
Chapter 5, in which Reuben contends.
Chapter 6, in which Reuben recovers.
Chapter 7, in which Sergei explains some things.
Chapter 8, in which Betty explains the rest.
Chapter 9, in which Father Alexy saves the day.
Chapter 10, in which the old man speaks.
Chapter 11, in which Reuben obliges.
Chapter 12, in which Emmett goes to work.
Chapter 13, in which Frank has some news.
Chapter 14, in which Peggy opens a box.
Chapter 15, in which Emmett becomes confused.
Chapter 16, in which Rick spells things out.
Chapter 17, in which two strangers arrive.
Chapter 18, in which Celia meets Corey.
Chapter 19, in which Grace wins a game.
Chapter 20, in which Celia remembers.
Chapter 21, in which Corey wishes.
Chapter 22, in which Todd hugs back.
Chapter 23, in which an argument is settled.
Chapter 24, in which Estelle calls for help.
Chapter 25, in which Grace gets an idea.
Chapter 26, in which Corey awakens.
Chapter 27, in which Reuben goes forth.
Chapter 28, in which Reuben gets lost.
Chapter 29, in which Hamilton lends his coat.
Chapter 30, in which Reuben plays a new game.
Chapter 31, in which Markku takes a turn.
Chapter 32, in which Sergei has some questions.
Chapter 33, in which Reuben reconsiders his past.
Chapter 34, in which Iskandar deals some cards.
Chapter 35, in which magic is discussed.
Chapter 36, in which Daphne sets terms.