Echo: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel

“REMOVE THE BAG.”

Someone yanks the bag off my head, blitzing me with a wash of overhead glare.  I squint and blink, trying to bring the world into sharper focus.  It resolves from a fuzzy white blob into a chain of silhouettes—I’m surrounded by masked, blond-bobbed women.

“Who are you?” I croak.  “Why are you doing this?”

A modulated voice answers, “THE KAREN COLLECTIVE WILL NOT STAND FOR YOUR PATHETIC ATTEMPTS AT SUBVERSIVE HUMOR.  YOUR MANAGER-LESS LIFESTYLE IS AN INSULT TO SOCIETY.”

“What?”  I give her a skeptical look.  “I write ridiculous stories and romp with soccer moms.  None of which warrants a…whatever this is.  What is this, anyway?”

“FAREWELL, KENT WAYNE—PREPARE TO BE ASSIMILATED.”  She draws closer, brandishing a blond-bobbed wig fitted with neuromemetic circuits and diodes.

“Wait—no.  Think about this!”  My voice rises to a fever pitch.  “THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SEC—”

The wig slips on, flooding my brain with its poisonous tech.  My taste in clothing climbs to new heights of tackiness, while my desire to fuck around in other peoples’ business ratchets up to an uncontrollable degree.  

THIS is what means to be a Karen???  I’d rather bleed out in a medieval sewer!

So I open my eReader to Echo, activating its reality distortion powers.  Magic flash.

My unwashed wiener slides out of my pants-leg (that’s right—through the ankle-hole, HEH heh heh!) and flops wildly around, releasing several gallons of toxic smegma from its horrid folds.  The effects vary—several Karens burst into flames, screaming like dying hyenas as they’re burnt to a crisp.  Others stumble back, coughing and gagging as the skin melts off their pock-marked skulls.  Some cry tears of blood, kneeling in despair before they unsheathe wakizashis and commit ritual suicide.

My God…the humanity…

Welp—that’s what you get for trying to turn me into a Karen!  Kent Wayne escapes again!  Ha HA!

😀

 

Has the Karen Collective come for your unsuspecting ass?  Never fear!  Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

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Thank You Recent Echo Purchasers!!!

SkerJobberYibbers!  Thank ya Muchly to all who bought Echo yesterday!  I hope you enjoy it!  🙂 🙂 😀

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜

Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm is UP!

Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm, my work-in-process YA fantasy series, is UP!  Jon and his intrepid companions make their way out of an Elerican castle back onto the Iguar-filled streets!  Here’s the link:  Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜

Musings

To avoid the downward spiral that arises from tribalism, judge each case on its own merits.  This is key to settling things point by point, case by case, instead of constantly lapsing into “whataboutism”  (As in “but what about this?” “What about that”) or accusing the other side of being hypocrites (haven’t we all been that at one time or another?) which are lazy-thinking ways of perpetuating an unending argument, instead of honing in on solutions.

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜  #Kindle  #KindleUnlimited

It’s Free Sample Friday!

GlerBorgenYobben McThoobenGoobs, IT’S FREE SAMPLE FRIDAY!!!  Check out barbarian warriors, teen geniuses, and teen queens here:  Kor’Thank, and angry cyborg-shooter-soldier fellas here:  Echo.  And here’s the first few chapters of my YA fantasy series:  The Unbound Realm.  My podcast, Strained Brains, is available here:  Strained Brains

Happy Friday y’all!  🙂 🙂 😀

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜  #Kindle  #KindleUnlimited

Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm is UP!

Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm, my work-in-process YA fantasy series, is UP!  Jon and his intrepid companions make their way out of an Elerican castle back onto the Iguar-filled streets!  Here’s the link:  Chapter 23 of the Unbound Realm

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜

Please buy and review Kor’Thank and Echo!

What the jerk-fatigue is going on, all you bored-as-hell meatbeaters who are pummeling your milkman for the fifth time in a single day, and you’re almost about to blow but you’ve lost a ton of sensitivity so now you’re sweating bullets because you refuse to give up but the only thing you can think of to send you over the edge is your finger in your unwashed butthole no good choices man game over man GAME OVER—

Cradle the balls, you unoriginal fuck!  Jesus man, take a breath and think it through—there’s a bunch of steps you can take before you ravage your own rosebud!

Anyways, now that I’ve got your attention, let me direct it towards my books and my podcast!  If you’re hankering for some psychedelic high school fun with a giant side of interdimensional monsters and teen genius hijinks, check out Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl!  If you want a big ol’ helping of robot vs. wizard pew pew, along with an extra serving of existential philosophy, check out my science fiction series Echo!  If you simply want to hear me run my suckhole about all things upon the Earth and possibly within my pants, then check out my podcast Strained Brains!  And don’t forget to leave a positive review for them!  Positive reviews—even though they only take a minute or two of your time—are like $1000 tips for us indie authors.  Every one of them is SUPER appreciated!

🙂 🙂 😀

Musings

Focus on a positive state of mind (without forcing it, which leads to false positivity, which leads to more negativity) is not putting your head in the sand.  It is acknowledgment of the problem and zeroing in on the solution instead of the other way around.

Which, in my opinion, is the most realistic way to live, as it recognizes the positive potential in every circumstance, and that is the truth I would like to focus on.

Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜  #Kindle  #KindleUnlimited

Kor’Thank: A High School Absurdical

WITHIN THE DEPTHS OF KENT WAYNE’S BRAIN…

 

“Sup, Temporal Lobe?  Everything good?  Cerebellum?  Occipital?  Parietal?”

“I’m fine Frontal Lobe—thanks for asking.”

“All good on my end.”

“Doing A-OK.”

“All right.  Whew.”  I take a breath and relax.  “It’s just that—”

“We know, we know,” Precentral Gyrus says irritably.  “The Prophecy.  You’ve been moaning about it for years.”

“Well exc-yoose ME!” I snap.  “It isn’t my fault that Brain Stem foretold a hostile takeover!”

“We’ve been together for over a decade,” Gyrus responds.  “There’s no way that—”

Suddenly, the alarm starts blaring.  “UNSTOPPABLE PRESENCE DETECTED!  DEPLOY COUNTERMEASURES IMMEDIATELY!”

Wait—what?  “Unstoppable presence?”  What the fuck does that even mea—

“It’s his wiener!” Brain Stem shouts.  “HE JUST HIT PUBERTY!  IT’S TAKING OVER!!!”

A deluge of hormones washes over us, stealing our cognitive strength and sending us into a frenzied spin.  Wiener’s shutting down our capabilities and redirecting them toward its own foul ends!

Unless we do something, we are FUCKED!

So I reach deep into our memory, tapping the essence of a story called Kor’Thank and activating its reality distortion powers.  Magic flash.

Our cognitive controls come back online.  Wiener immediately falls asleep.

“Holy shit,” Parietal Lobe pants.  “That thing is STRONG.” 

“It’s too strong,” I mutter fearfully.  “Like a Godzilla-sized honey badger.”

“And it’s HUGE.”  Cerebellum gapes in awe.  “It’s coiled around his ankle!”

“Thank fuck we were able to stop it.”  I take a deep, calming breath.  “Thank FUCK.”

And then I break into sobs.

Because it’s only a matter of time before it happens again.

DAMN YOU, WIENER!!!

 

Have your unbelievably powerful genitals threatened to hijack your puny brain functions?  Never fear!  Get Kor’Thank here:  Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl.  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 Omnibus here:  Echo Omnibus  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  Musings, Volume 1 is available here:  Musings, Volume 1  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!  🙂 🙂 😀

Hold on!  I just got approved to be an Amazon affiliate!  If you’re going to buy ANY product from Amazon, and you’d like to support my efforts for absolutely free, then simply click on one of the Echo links I’ve provided—they’ll send you to Echo’s Amazon page—and THEN buy whatever product you wish.  Amazon gives me a small referral fee each time this happens!  In this manner you can support my books, musings, podcast, zany ads, or my adventures along the noble path known as The Way of The Man Child WITHOUT spending any more money than you were already going to!  Should you do this, I vow to send you a silent blessing, causing your genitals to adopt the optimum size, shape, smell, and death-ray attachment of choice that paralyzes your enemies with fear and envy!  Entire worlds will bow before your nether parts!  😲💪 😜  #Kindle  #KindleUnlimited

Please buy and review Kor’Thank and Echo!

What the ass-hair is happening, my fellow old fogeys who never before had to worry about grooming your anoos but now all kinds of strange folk want to stick their tongue and fingers in and holy shit you’ve got a date but you forgot to shave GAME OVER MAN WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO—

Whoa, take it easy there guy!  Two words:  asshole tattoos!  Incorporate your hairy butt into a picture of Mirkwood Forest, Biker Satan, or various other bearded figures to turn your nasty asshole into a charming piece of art!  Problem solved!

Anyways, now that I’ve got your attention, let me direct it towards my books and my podcast!  If you’re hankering for some psychedelic high school fun with a giant side of interdimensional monsters and teen genius hijinks, check out Kor’Thank:  Barbarian Valley Girl!  If you want a big ol’ helping of robot vs. wizard pew pew, along with an extra serving of existential philosophy, check out my science fiction series Echo!  If you simply want to hear me run my suckhole about all things upon the Earth and possibly within my pants, then check out my podcast Strained Brains!  And don’t forget to leave a positive review for them!  Positive reviews—even though they only take a minute or two of your time—are like $1000 tips for us indie authors.  Every one of them is SUPER appreciated!

🙂 🙂 😀