Makes ya wanna think.

Just sent an agent query letter

I am writing from Cafe Wren in Luck, Wisconsin. I just sent an agent a query letter for Hel’s Bet. Thanks to all who gave me advice.

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Hel’s Bet is a fast-paced alternate history of the present. The heroes of Hel’s Bet steal the prototype American space shuttle Enterprise, smuggle it into Russia, and blast into space on an embezzled Energia rocket. NASA launches a mission to hunt them down. The crew think they are launching Channel Zilch – a pirate video space station – but once in orbit the real agenda emerges: to kickstart the Singularity..

Heloise Chin is the hardware tech and brains behind the mission. Hel has engineered herself to be The Pinup Grrrl for the Geek Rapture. She dresses like a centerfold for Wired magazine, runs multiple streams of consciousness, and toys with young men’s psyches. She calls it testosterone surfing. Hel bets her life to midwife the Singularity because she loves her disabled brother.

Heloise broadcasts her singular image to hype her message, an upgraded Pascal’s Wager, Hel’s Bet: “Work for the Singularity to increase your odds of living indefinitely. Don’t bother if you have a taste for dirt.”

HB features a shootout between robots and Russian gangsters, a clandestine Singularity group called The Choir Invisible, and Merzifon Karabuk – a billionaire Turkish Trekkie. The crew’s nemesis is head of NASA security, a washed-out astronaut with a Green Beret complex and a streak of cannibalism.

I am a computer game developer currently reviving my classic game ChipWits: www.chipwits.com . I wrote the hit game King of Chicago (Cinemaware, 1987), a pioneering work of interactive narrative about which I lectured at the 1995 Stanford Symposium of the American Artificial Intelligence Society: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.09/interactive.html?pg=4&topic . I was a programmer/manager in Microsoft Research’s Virtual Worlds Group. My next game is GODinabox: Desktop Digital Deities in collaboration with Bobby Henderson, creator of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: www.godinabox.com .

I’m a hardcore geek but I’ve also taught 5th grade, built and crashed a hang glider, and studied Joyce at Oxford, writing at Clarion West. I live in a cabin on a remote Wisconsin lake.

I’d love to work with you.

Doug Sharp

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