Parting Notes: A Connection with the Afterlife
One bright orange morning a hundred years from now, the comatose body of Wulf Platero-Sietes is pulled from the garbage heap of the Philabalt Bubble City. Dumpster divers-- those forced to live in the Wasteland for political or economic reasons-- watch in amazement as Wulf awakes, mumbling one word, "biofractal." He wanders east into the desert created by fifty years of war. Along the way, our enigmatic hero discovers the meaning of transformation and survival, in a world heir to the destructiveness of Wulf's own inventions from years before. One such invention-- the tube drive-- fires the memory and desire of Gottesman, the former data smuggler who finds Wulf's body. As his tube drive's shell and core disintegrate, the dumpster diver follows Wulf further into the Wasteland, searching out the former leader of the Danish Warriors, Wulf's data security firm. From fractured memories of Wulf's Datakiln computer lab, to surreal visions of the Necropolis at the Wasteland's edge, Gottesman's long, slow replay of his life burns into his brain, narrating the entire story. Wulf, the surviving dumpster divers, and a mysterious group of women known as the Gynes-- found somehow gardening in the Wasteland-- confront Ogre Algol in the Necropolis. In their climactic battle to recover the seeds to the Tree of Life, Wulf fights Ogre's Black Swan Dragon, a turbojet spewing napalm from its mouth and micro-syringes of a gene-altering virus in its tail. But Wulf is no longer merely human...
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