Every story begins somewhere, and RAGE Productions began with traditional novels. We then moved onto other projects but continue to write traditional fiction, a catalog of which we present for your reading pleasure:
Hamburg, 2049. A city dominated by augmented reality, automation technology, and Universal Basic Income. Part of the multicultural European Union, now on the verge of federalization. Kirava detests this alleged utopia. In fact, hates everything about it. Because barely anyone still speaks German anymore, the old traditions are all but extinct, and there a foreigners everywhere – foreigners she’d rather see deported or, better yet, sent to concentration camps. The only reason Kira hasn’t been locked up for her violent rejection of modern German values and her blatantly racist, xenophobic ideology is her connection to Abdul. The half-Syrian anarchist, disillusioned with the direction that Europe and the political left is taking in Germany, has come to the conclusion that the only way to defeat the globalists and their capitalist system is to fight fire with fire. Though Abdul doesn’t exactly like working with Nazis like Kirava, he needs every mercenary he can find to run his campaign of corporate espionage, assassination, and blackmail, working for the highest bidder to fund their ultimate goal: a militant, anti-globalist revolution.
Inspired by deep personal issues, events witnessed while abroad, and my favorite novel of all time: Neuromancer by William Gibson, Black Bloc is an attempt to bring the classic cyberpunk style of the 70s and 80s into a millennium defined by the very futuristic technologies authors once speculated about. It attempts to vividly capture the high-tech / low-life dichotomy so central to the cyberpunk genre and speculate about future developments, for an audience who live in a digitized world not unlike those once speculated about.
In the distant future, War Mistress Arele of the Matriarchy is sent on a last, suicide mission against their great foe, the Municipality. Disgraced and captured by this vile, sexually active offshoot of Humanity, Arele struggles to endure in a world she finds both alien and revolting. At the same time, the party girl Cora is drafted into the Municipality Expeditionary Force. Bitter and disgusted, she struggles to enjoy her last days of freedom, before she is sent off to die on some nameless rock, for a cause she doesn’t even believe in. Little do Cora or Arele know that their plights are about to become entwined, as events beyond their control plunge their lives and world views into chaos.
Initially little more than a humorous jab at the feminist stereotype, The Municipality quickly morphed into a narrative satire of modern society as a whole. In its finished form, The Municipality is not only a standalone novel, but serves as the distant prequel to the interactive novel Scaffold 22.
The Old Kingdoms are plunged into chaos as the Witch Queen’s army of dead campaign relentlessly against the mortal Realms. The soulhunter Raik, an assassin loyal only to himself and his Queen, appears to be little more than a cog in this vicious, calculated, murder machine. Yet beneath the rotten visage of this soul-hunting assassin lurks an insidious mind even the Witch Queen knows not to underestimate. Perhaps out of fear, or perhaps due to her belief in his abilities, she tasks Raik with the impossible: unite the scattered Orckin tribes and form an alliance against the mortal kingdom of East Imran – a task which Raik, with his xenophobic hatred of all things mortal, is anything but suited for.
Black March is a dark fantasy adventure story, written as a deliberate subversion of various High Fantasy cliches. In addition to poking fun at Fantasy in general, Black March attempts to add rationale and motivations behind the malevolence of what would, in more traditional stories, simply be considered ‘evil’. Anyone who enjoys narratives written from the perspective of malevolent entities will enjoy this story and its black humor.