I’ve been talking it up for a while now. Here’s Echo, chapter 1: https://dirtyscifibuddha.com/echo-chapter-1/
Author’s notes: Instead of opening with a focus on the fantastical setting, I’ve decided to go with the base of the character. Chapter 1 shows the world of the protagonist and how he is beginning to become out of sync with it. I’ve also thrown in allegory (the mountain, the plateau, the rucks, the beating), some foreshadowing (the lookalike). With all this, I thought that opening with the sci-fi setting would be too much on top of that. Aside from brief mentions of the Dissidents and a holographic wrist device, there’s not much. There’s more “icing” in chapters 2 and 3.
Apologies for stilted language and any hitches that fall short in evoking emotion or imagery. As much as I harp on about structure, in fiction I believe structure should serve the emotional punch of the story, not vice versa. This is my first serious foray into writing fiction. It’s vastly different than the logically constructed argument of an essay, so I apologize if any wording falls short. I have had to learn where to break from traditional grammar and structure in order to purify the imagery and emotional evocation of wording rather than the academic integrity of it. Thanks for all you guys’ interest! I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!