12.12.2014

Scenes from The Last Supper -- Part 8: Darkness in the Light

In this eight-part series, I will be discussing the world and the characters of my upcoming book, THE LAST SUPPER, due out on 12/13/14. Original artwork by Justin Wasson. Pre-orderpaperbacks and Kindle now! Also don't forget to join the GoodReads Giveaway going on now through 12/21/14!

What we've come to
We've made it to the end of the series, and less than a day until the premier of the book. The inside of my head feels a lot like the crazy guy you see in the picture above, and apart from the Heretics picture, it's actually my favorite illustration of the lot.

While I won't describe the scene in detail, I can discuss certain elements of it. Like, for instance, what is that light? THE LAST SUPPER throws a lot of vocabulary at people, enough that by the time the planned trilogy is completed, we might need a small compendium to keep track of it all. But one of those things involves the bright lights.

When I started adding the more fantastical/mystical elements to this story, I was particularly interested in seeking out prevailing thoughts and theories on the idea of essential life forces. You know, without going full Lucas. My research brought me to √Član vital, which French philsopher Henri Bergson described in 1907 as the "vital impetus." According to Wikipedia: "It is a hypothetical explanation for evolution and development of organisms, which Bergson linked closely with consciousness - with the intuitive perception of experience and the flow of inner time."

Naturally, this seemed like a great fit for what I was going for. No, it isn't scientific by a long shot, but that's also why I caution at calling this story strictly science fiction. It's a mixed bag, and the element of the vital impetus has a lot to do with that.

A second element I want to discuss is a place in the book called a Sin Bin.

So imagine you live in a world where you have to test yearly to prove your usefulness to society, but let's say you had a bad year, that you're pretty well off and you realize you're not going to pass Justification. Imagine you had the opportunity to not take the test, but trade in all your chits toward a trip to a Sin Bin, a place where you can live out one final year of your life in complete debauchery? Drinking, drugs, sex, pure gluttony -- the whole nine. And that these places were owned and run by the Divine Rite, so of course they have a vested interest in keeping places like this going.

I guess you could say it's my version of a seedy underbelly in this world. Because even an iron-fisted theocratic citizen-murdering-under-the-guise-of-piety regime should have a seedy underbelly, and in the Supperverse, the Sin Bins are it.

And besides, who wouldn't want a look inside a place jam packed with people whose lives have firm expiration dates, and who have all the chemicals and flesh at their disposal to enjoy those days to the absolute fullest? Depending, of course, on you would define "enjoy" and "fullest."

Would you take a trip to a Sin Bin or would you rather die quietly? I look forward to your answers.

Thank you for joining me on this eight-part journey into the world of The Last Supper! I hope I have given you enough tidbits to whet your appetites for more. Visit the official page here and click on the link that will take you to your preferred store! Or watch the trailer, join the GoodReads giveaway, or read up on all the other Scenes you might have missed!

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