The “stunning and harrowing” short story, originally published in the anthology No Way Home, is now available as a standalone release and features an all-new foreword written by award-winning science fiction author, Lucas Bale.
Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.
The state-run, crowdfunded series, Revolver, has been established by the nation’s moneyed elite to combat the increasing plight of class warfare.
There’s never been a Revolver contestant quite like Cara before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and she promises to deliver.
Earlier this year, I was a part of the No Way Home anthology curated by award-winning science fiction author, Lucas Bale. My contribution was this short story, Revolver. It's gained a small bit of notoriety for being somewhat controversial, and it's rattled a few cages here and there.
Now, for the first time, it's available as a stand alone release.
Some reviewers have loved the heck out of this story, setting it as my personal best at the time of its publication, with another calling it “stunning and harrowing.” Author David Wailing called it “A classic example of social science fiction” that “takes the ‘shocking’ gold medal.” One reviewer wrote that it was “the most overtly political and also one of the most enjoyable” in the No Way Home anthology.
Revolver has also been called, by some readers, “Horrid leftwing drivel.” Another “found "Revolver" so nauseatingly Politically Correct that had this book been physical instead of electronic, I would have physically flung it across the room.”
This is a fairly political story, and it draws on a lot of issues affecting (some might even say infecting) current American politics. A number of readers on the right-side of the political spectrum have found little to enjoy here, so fair warning.
This story is not meant to comfort, nor is it meant to be an easy read. It is also not the least bit subtle, as more than a few readers have mentioned. Revolver was written mostly in a fit of anger. It’s not subtle and it is not meant to be subtle. It’s meant to be disruptive and challenging to the status quo. As such, depending on your political predilections or how well tempered you are toward heavy-handed narratives, it might not necessarily be the type of dystopian science fiction you are looking for.
But, in general, based of feedback I have received, this story may not be for you if you are the type of reader that believes Fox News is the best example of exemplary American journalism, or that Donald Trump is the ideal statesman and deserving of the presidency, or that the War on Women is non-existent. In which case, I encourage you to save your 99c, and maybe we’ll meet up later in a different work at a different time. No harm, no foul.
However, if you’re willing to brave what one reviewer called the “emotional rollercoaster” that follows, then welcome and happy reading to you.
You can find Revolver right now on Amazon.
For those that are interested, the cover was designed by Adam Hall, who runs Around The Pages. Go check out his work and those wonderful authors he's been representing!
Adam also put a fresh coat of paint on the cover for my horror story Consumption. Check it out!