Echo: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel

“What if.”

“What if” is a phrase that constantly plays through my head.  A phrase that forms the basis for all of reality, and drives the pathways of life and evolution.  A phrase that—


Oh no—what if I was still married to Irma???

I hop into my jeep, punch it into gear, and roar down the highway.  The What Ifs start piling on—what if Irma wore her true form?  What if her undying avarice became physically instantiated?

SCRRRRRRRCHH!  A pair of three-taloned claws peel the roof of my jeep off like cheap wrapping paper.  In the center rearview, I see a bat-winged Irma ripping off the metal and snarling at me through a fang-filled maw.

What if Irma’s Hallmark card-worshipping friends joined forces with her in her lifelong quest to eviscerate my ballsack???

The sky darkens with a horde of Irma’s fellow gargoyles.  I swerve from side to side as brimstone-laden fire shoots from their mouths and impacts the pavement.  A fiery draft flutters my hair, and I have to squint from the hellish glare.  Fifty yards ahead, a one-story rambler explodes into a giant mess of flaming, splintered wood.

What if…what if…

What if I opened my eReader to Echo, activating its reality distortion powers?

Magic flash.

Aristotle screams down from the sky in a badass nosedive.  When he reaches Irma’s altitude, he flaps open his limbs, activating his wingsuit.  As he streaks past the gargoyles, his mouth begins working at warp speed, peppering my foes with syllogistic expressions and well-thought out deductions.

There’s no way they can withstand the barrage of undiluted logic.  The gargoyles begin exploding into big ol’ clouds of fire and brimstone, protesting their demises with loathsome screeches.  Aristotle activates his back-mounted thrusters, then shoots past me and gives me a double thumbs-up.  For a brief instant, I can see my teary, grateful smile reflected off his mirrored flight goggles.

WHEW!  Another close one!  The adventures of Kent Wayne—sci fi author and consummate Man Whore—continue!  😀


Is your crazy-ass ex trying to funnel all your free time and resources into giant, unwieldy status symbols?  Never fear!  Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle  Vol. 3 on Kindle here:  Vol. 3 on Kindle  Vol.4 on Kindle here:  Vol. 4 on Kindle  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  If you wanna hear me babble on about anything and everything, and strain my FREAKIN’ BRAIN, then here’s a link to my podcast:  Strained Brains!  It is on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!  Please give it a listen and a five-star review!  Here’s the miscellaneous gear that I use to try and become an uber-human:  Optimization, and last but not least, my buddy Jumar Balacy has made a supercool microsite at!  Go check out his computer-based wizardry  🙂 🙂 😀

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10 thoughts on “Echo: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel

  1. Wow, Irma the Bitch from Hello!!! My word, what a userabuser. Gee, and I have worked all my life, even as a little kid, and have taken pride in what I have earned on my own. I hate new things, and I hate malls, fancy this and that, and anything that does not have a story because it is used. Trying to figure out what the story is behind the item is half the fun of finding it. Things in malls and other new things are all tabula raza, nothing for those of us who enjoy a good story.

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  2. I misinterpreted what I read the first time in your book, and that is sad because I generally don’t like to jump to conclusions. It sounded like a military type story, and in a sense it is, but I think it is a lot more than that too. I might just go back and read again to see what I can garner with my rotten psyche! Everyone deserves a fair read. You are very persistent in trying to help your book, and that is a trait I admire because I am like that too. So with that, I am going to give it another go. Thank you kindly. I meant to say above that I like used things because they have stories to try to figure out. I can tell a lot about a particular town because I like to do anthropology of thrift stores. You would be amazed at what you can learn from the “artifacts” as it were.

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    • Oh no problem! Atriya’s journey is a loooooott more than a military story. That’s where it starts in volume 1 and expands in volume 2, but it gets a lot weirder and more existential as the story progresses. Robots, magic, and philosophy abound! 🙂

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  3. I got it and am trying to get to reading it. Am taking a course now from Britain that involves a lot of reading and writing a journal every day during the week to report on thoughts on what I have read, but I will do my best to get to read more. Did read Echo 1 – most of it that I could. Was interesting, and would make a good action movie like I said. good luck with it! You are persistent, and that is definitely what it takes. You have a type of book that will sell well naturally, unlike my nonfiction books. But it is ok. I am happy with whatever happens. the first book: Artful Alchemy: Physically Challenged Fiber Artists Creating sounds boring, but is pretty decent inspiration. It is the culmination of a nonprofit we ran for approx. 15 years without a cent, literally, and we were very successful. Then we both had things happen physically to us, so we had to shut down, and this seemed a good way to look back on what we did and some of the more interesting people we worked with. I don’t get anything out of the sales; it is for my paraplegic friend up in Northern California. So happy if I can give her a small check each month to help her out. Thank you kindly. Anne

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    • Hey that’s awesome! I don’t get much out of the sales either—I’m really doing this stuff as an endeavor of love. But who knows—if you’ve found your niche and do it to the best of your ability, then whatever happens in the fickle world of retailing books, you at least know that you gave it your best in something that fulfilled you. Keep going! I think it’s inspiring. 🙂


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