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Monday, August 21, 2017

THE PROMETHEAN

THE PROMETHEAN is a brutally funny novel exposing the utter insanity of modern academia and the world of technology. An extraordinary tale of ambition, social justice, and human folly, it combines the mordant wit of W. Somerset Maugham with a sense of humor reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse.

When American billionaire Henry Hockenheimer discovers that conquering the corporate world is no longer enough for him on the eve of his 40th birthday, he decides to leave his mark on the world by creating the first Superman, a robot as intellectually brilliant as it is physically capable. But his ideas are thwarted on every side by the most brilliant minds of the academic world, from the AI researcher Dr. Vishnu Sharma to the wheelchair-bound head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Her Majesty's Government's Bio-Engineering Research Fund, Nkwandi Obolajuwan, and, of course, Dr. Sydney Prout, formerly of the United Nations, now Special Adviser on Human Rights to the European Union.

And when Hockenheimer succeeds, despite all of the incredible obstacles placed in his way, he discovers that success can be the cruelest failure of all.

THE PROMETHEAN is available at Amazon via ebook and Kindle Unlimited.

From the reviews:
  • I do not remember which famous English authors use similar storytelling styles as satire, but Owen Stanley has generally followed their design and adapted it well to our age. His skewering of the EU and the diversity commission is written by a man with either first- or second-hand knowledge of these groups.
  • Absolutely delightful, not to mention timely, witty, thought-provoking and occasionally side-splitting. I was almost in need of surgery.
I absolutely loved THE MISSIONARIES, which is both brilliant and hysterically funny. And to be honest, I consider successfully encouraging Dr. Stanley to write a second novel, which he originally had no plans to do, to be my single greatest success as an editor to date.

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26 Comments:

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable August 21, 2017 5:20 AM  

The return of Dr. Sydney Prout is a great touch, making this sorta-kinda a sequel to The Missionaries.

Blogger VD August 21, 2017 5:29 AM  

Yeah, it's not at all necessary to read the one before the other, but for those who have read THE MISSIONARIES, there is definitely a "oh, this is SO AWESOME" moment when he appears. And, of course, he's absolutely perfect for the role.

Anonymous Koanic August 21, 2017 5:37 AM  

> I consider successfully encouraging Dr. Stanley to write a second novel, which he originally had no plans to do, to be my single greatest success as an editor to date.

Congrats!

Anonymous Koanic August 21, 2017 5:50 AM  

The Galaxy's Edge series is bringing back the golden age of sci-fi. Read book 1 and 3, and skip 2 unless you like your grit half glitter.

I loved C3PO getting his head blown off by a shotgun, and am looking forward to the future dastardly deeds of Senator Devers McCain!

Blogger JACIII August 21, 2017 5:59 AM  

-click- purchased. Have been waiting for this one.

Blogger Dave August 21, 2017 7:12 AM  

Congrats Vox Day and Castalia House. I hereby nominate you for Editor of the Year.

I know in yesterday's Darkstream you said it was 10% funnier than THE MISSIONARIES; I would have accepted half as funny.

Blogger Jack Ward August 21, 2017 7:41 AM  

Got it! No decision about buying; it's Owen Stanley, by the Queen!

Anonymous Oaty Beekeeper August 21, 2017 8:21 AM  

The cover makes me think am gannin' yem

Anonymous CPEG August 21, 2017 10:38 AM  

Quickest purchase I ever made.

Anonymous Engineer August 21, 2017 11:18 AM  

So the protagonist double-majored in Courses 5 and 7 at MIT (Chemistry and Biology), with a large dose of Course 2 or 3 (Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science). This is convincing proof that he is brilliant, and can get along with a wide variety of hands-on people.

But he does not take mental exception to his Personal Assistant's description of an English village as "a bunch of peasants, the kind of vegetable life who…". I can understand a character who is too polite to contradict such a statement. But while there were a few MIT students twenty years ago who thought of some people (themselves included) as "peasants", and there were a few MIT students who vividly remembered unpleasant interactions with boorish high-school classmates in rural Appalachia, I cannot imagine any of them thinking of working people as "vegetables".

I stopped reading at that point.

Blogger S1AL August 21, 2017 11:44 AM  

@Engineer -

MIT has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. I have a friend from middle school there who cannot be openly conservative, and can barely be openly Christian. The attitude that those outside the shining cities like Boston are peasants is not uncommon now.

Anonymous CPEG August 21, 2017 11:47 AM  

Skim Until Offended: The Book Review

Anonymous destroid August 21, 2017 11:51 AM  

Bought immediately - loved the Missionaries so easy decision.

Blogger Frenzy August 21, 2017 12:08 PM  

Real excited about this one. Picked it up immediately, thanks Dark Lord!

Blogger lowercaseb August 21, 2017 12:59 PM  

I'm hoping that this is the 2nd in a long series of "Dr. Prout ruins the world." The characters he creates are beautiful in their horrific folly. So many good books to read this year.

Blogger VD August 21, 2017 1:02 PM  

I stopped reading at that point.

Sperg on, spergatron. The peasants are fine.

Blogger Fenris Wulf August 21, 2017 2:46 PM  

The Missionaries was Kipling-esque in some respects, but much darker. I'm delighted that he followed up the bit of foreshadowing at the end and brought back Simpering Prat, er I mean Sydney Prout.

Blogger Dave August 21, 2017 3:51 PM  

The zucchini is fine.


I will say I was somewhat disappointed Dr. Prout did not meet his demise at the hands of the natives by the end of THE MISSIONARIES​.

Anonymous Engineer August 21, 2017 4:25 PM  

@11 -- Sadly, your summary is consistent with recent developments at MIT.

The protagonist is forty, so he would have been an undergraduate twenty years ago.

Anonymous Engineer August 21, 2017 4:44 PM  

@16 -- I expect the "peasants" are fine. I would not be surprised if the peasants being fine causes a sitcom-like shock for the protagonist or his Personal Assistant later in the story.

For me, the characterization of the protagonist broke at this point. The idea that he gets along with a wide variety of hands-on people, but is willing to think of a townful of working people as all being "vegetables", is not consistent. And it did not even seem to be a paradox that the author planned to play with.

Blogger MendoScot August 21, 2017 6:20 PM  

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Blogger VD August 21, 2017 7:14 PM  

For me, the characterization of the protagonist broke at this point. The idea that he gets along with a wide variety of hands-on people, but is willing to think of a townful of working people as all being "vegetables", is not consistent. And it did not even seem to be a paradox that the author planned to play with.

Stick to non-fiction. You don't comprehend people well enough for fiction.

I mean, you realize you actually posted that on the blog of a man who a) gets along with a variety of hands-on people and b) openly states that Most People Are Idiots.

If you were either more intelligent or more of a people person, you would realize that thinking of most people as vegetables is the only way a highly intelligent person can successfully interact with them. Otherwise, he is always furious with them.

The ironic thing is that you make precisely the same mistake about people that my father, also an engineer, always made. Engineers can be remarkably solipsistic.

Blogger S1AL August 21, 2017 7:18 PM  

I particularly enjoyed the shout-out with Mr. Sunderland. Well-played, Mr. Stanley.

Anonymous Engineer August 21, 2017 7:59 PM  

@22 -- As far as writing goes, I definitely should stick to non-fiction. Thank you for summarizing why. (You have given a number of more detailed explanations why over the years.)

There are other ways "a highly intelligent person can successfully interact with" "most people". They involve quite a bit of patience, understanding of people's limitations, and a willingness to be entertained by their stories. If you think that means I am treating them like idiots, then perhaps we are violently agreeing.

Anonymous Mycroft Jones August 21, 2017 11:58 PM  

This book was really great, I didn't plan to read a book today, but it was just as good as The Missionaries. Actually, not quite as good as the Missionaries... I wanted it to go on longer!

Blogger Jose August 22, 2017 12:15 AM  

Huzzah.

Now, if Messers Cole and Kratman moved along on editing RRH2 and overworked scribe John C Wright could release Nowhither, that would be not be a bad thing.

As supreme dark lords go, VD is clearly a lackadaisical hippie-hippie-rainbow dark lord, allowing his minions to produce books at the pace of retreating glaciers...

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