Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Author: Natsuya Uesugi
EBook: 288 pages
Release Date: July 21, 2011
Follow the lives of the main characters as they come together in the backstory to grydscaen:retribution, the first volume of the grydscaen saga. Faid is tired of life on the run in the Echelons, trying to keep his psychic power in check, he founds the Packrats establishing a safe haven for psychics. As a hacker he uses his jack to support his neurocyne habit. Lino is recruited by the Psi Faction and is sent on a mission to kidnap Faid. Riuho, Lino’s half brother becomes a prisoner of the Elite military and they experiment on him, train him and subject him to mind control, then send him out on a mission. On his return, Riuho is set on escaping and recruits Faid who hacks into the Psi Faction systems. They escape and return to the Packrats leading up to the start of grydscaen:retribution.
Question1: Could you please tell us a little about your book?
The grydscaen series is about hackers against the government to sum it up in one sentence. The Atlantea Federation attacked the Pacific Territories and dropped a nuclear bomb. The Pacific Territories retaliated in 2055 and started a world war. Grydscaen takes place during this retaliation and shows the plight of the Pacific Territories. There is also a civil war going on in the Pacific Territories in the Echelons and the Zone led by cyber-terrorists called the Packrats. A group of clandestine psychic operatives from the Psi Faction are tasked to stop these actions. Lino Dejarre is a clandestine psychic operative and the son of the Viceroy. Riuho Dejarre who is Lino’s half brother is captured by the Psi Faction and experimented on because he has psychic power. Grydscaen: beginnings is the story of Lino and Riuho and the different affiliations and passions they have as Riuho tries to escape his captivity and the heinous experiments he has to undergo at the hands of the government.
Question2: Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Grydscaen is about hackers against the government. The very first Packrat hacker I ever created was named Rom who’s name stands for “Read Only Memory.” I created Rom in the 9th grade and the grydscaen story has been with me all throughout college. My parents were computer programmers and use to talk code at the dinner table. I think hearing all about computer science and programming languages and mainframes while I was growing up inspired me to write about hackers and how they are looked at by the government and computer programmers and developers. I think that was my inspiration
Question3: What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I am passionate about ending LGBT youth homelessness. This is a growing problem in urban centers. Really in any city. There should be more services out there that help these kids. I just finished writing a grydscaen short story called “A Storm’s Coming” about Rom being a 16 year old homeless gay youth on the streets before he gets taken in by the Packrat hackers. Rom is part of the grydscaen story and he has a major role in grydscaen: beginnings because it is he who gives Faid the Packrat Sprawl which is the headquarters for the Packrat hackers.
Question4: Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?
Each of the manuscripts for the grydscaen series is in a 3 ring binder. Each binder is a different colour. The highlight colour on the book cover for each grydscaen book, for beginnings that colour is orange. That colour is reflected in the binder for that book and carries over into the book cover design. There is much thought put into what colour binder a manuscript is going to go in. I wanted to make sure that I had a binder colour for every colour of the LGBT gay pride flag.
Question5: Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?
I think a few people have influenced me. For writers it has been William Gibson and Brett Easton Ellis. For speakers it has been H. H. The Dalai Lama. I think I have even been inspired by breakthroughs in technology and also definitely by the graphics in the Final Fantasy video games. These things make me want to try my best and give my all to my writing and relaying my message of equality and equal rights.
Question6: What are some of your long term goals?
I wrote on the back of the first grydscaen book that I published that I wanted to turn grydscaen into a graphic novel. I have just finished illustrating a comic book of one of the grydscaen short stories called “A Storm’s Coming” this was my dream from the very beginning writing the story and also illustrating it into a graphic novel.