State of Being

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  • 978-0-9855528-6-2 Hardcover
  • 978-0-9855528-9-3 Paperback
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Foreword Reviews' 2013
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

State of Being: Book Three of the God Head Trilogy is the third book in my God Head Trilogy.

The Child of Darkness is Light…

Through the viral form of The Chip, The Consortium has solidified their rein over the earth. Freedom’s last hope lies with the free colonies on the moon, Artificial Intelligence, and the will power of Jake Travissi. But another AI is born from the minds who would control us, and he has no interest in the weakness of flesh.

Foreword Reviews' 2013
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

Reviews

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Joseph Thompson - Foreword Magazine

“Wrapping up the God Head Trilogy, the standout science fiction series of the decade…” Read more..

Joseph Thompson - Foreword Magazine
Antony Jones - sfbook.com

“A powerful novel in a first-rate series complete with a satisfying conclusion and plenty to think about.” Read more..

Kirkus reviews

“A story that began as a cyberpunk police thriller has, across three volumes, zoomed out to become a mind blower of Olaf Stapledon–esque dimensions… A high-density wrap-up of a diverting cyber-sci-fi trilogy.”

Interview

Joseph Thompson – Foreword Magazine interviews Sven Michael Davison

Question: Dystopia seems to be all the rage these days, from The Hunger Games to Margaret Atwood's MadAddam. Why are readers attracted to a future that's gone horribly wrong?

Hope is the underlying theme of your examples. The stories are about ordinary people who live in totalitarian and repressive worlds. They face insurmountable odds and win. The stories are empowering for anyone who feels helpless, and I think that this is why so many people can identify with these characters...
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Question: Like most writers, you also have a separate career that actually pays. But you've written before that you've sacrificed a great deal to pursue your writing dreams. Is there such a thing as a healthy balance between career, family, and writing?

This is a topic that my wife and I discuss often. I'd like to think that there can be a healthy balance, but per my answer above, it is difficult to find a job that does not bleed into your personal life. Because of smart phones, you can be contacted via e-mail, text, or phone call..
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Question: Tell us about Bedouin Press and why you went indie with the God Head Trilogy ?

Bedouin Press is a small publishing company that I established in 1996, primarily to provide a vehicle for self-publishing my books. The main advantage of going indie with the trilogy is that I am able to maintain all of the rights for all formats of the books, both domestically and internationally...
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Question: Our reviewers loved your books. Joseph Thompson called it "the standout science-fiction series of the decade." Among other reasons, he liked it because of your ability to extrapolate a future problem arising from today's technology. Should good science fiction begin with the possible?

I prefer science fiction to begin with the possible. There is a growing trend to blend science fiction with fantasy, but that is not as satisfying for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this hybrid form as well as pure fantasy..
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Question: How are you promoting the trilogy?

We are primarily focused on grassroots efforts to spread the word, such as social media, book fairs, and book signings at small independent bookstores. We have also aligned ourselves with several prominent science fiction clubs across the country including the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society and the MIT SciFi Society..
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Question: What are you working on next?

I'm working on a novel about my two grandfathers who were born the same year and both fought as marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II. They lived through the Great Depression but had very different approaches to life and how they fought in the war. I extensively interviewed them both before they passed away, but now I've got a lot of research to do to make the novel authentic..
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History

When I set out to write State of Mind as a screenplay in 2002, I did not have the trilogy in mind. I wanted to write a noir police story set in the near future that took place in Los Angeles. I wanted a femme fetal, and I wanted to play with the idea of perception versus reality. As I wrote and rewrote drafts, I continued to stay abreast of technology developments and changed my script accordingly. By 2005 I came across Ray Kurzweil’s theory of Singularity and thought the idea of blending human consciousness with an AI to be a scary proposition. His timeline for creating a self-aware intelligence blended in nicely with the timeline I had for my Personal Chip and I began to dream about the natural evolution of both worlds. By 2006 I wrote notes about the greater universe of State of Mind and what might happen. In 2007 I began to outline the sequels, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I drafted State of Union and State of Being as one long extension of State of Mind.

The first several drafts of the sequels were written as one book. By the time I reached my fourth draft I found a place to cut the book in two and State of Being and State of Union were born in 2011. At that point I concentrated on State of Union and left State of Being on the back burner until 2012. Until December 2012, State of Being’s title was States of Mind, but several people pointed out that this was too close to the first book, and urged me to change it. I’m glad I listened.

Musical Influence

Like most, I’m inspired as much by music as I am other works of art. Often times when I need to take a break to think about a character, plot point, or event in my story, I listen to music that matches the tone of the story I’m trying to tell. New books, new tunes, these are the songs that inspired STATE OF UNION and STATE OF BEING.

  • Andreas Vollenweider - Huizopochitli
  • Assi el-Hillani – Habibi
  • Baaba Maal – Call to Prayer
  • Beatles – Across the Universe
  • Beck – Nobody’s Fault But My Own
  • Brian Eno and David Byrne – Mea Culpa, Regiment, Mountain of Needles, Quran
  • Brian Ferry – Same Old Scene
  • Dukes of Stratosphere (XTC) – What in the world?
  • Johnny Cash – Solitary Man
  • Cheb Mami – Hay Wadi Hay Galbi
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Wooden Ships
  • The Cult – 83rd Dream
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – All I Want, Turquoise Days, Over the Wall
  • Emad Sayyah – Farha Kabira (Great Joy)
  • Fadhi Shaker – Dehkat Al Donya
  • Film Dialogue – We Got the Gun
  • Fishbone - Change
  • Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
  • Free Association – (I Wish I Had A) Wooden Heart
  • Papa Roach – Last Resort
  • Peter Gabriel – Sky Blue, I Grieve, Games Without Frontiers, Fourteen Black Paintings, Signal to Noise, We Do What We’re Told, Heroes, Listening Wind
  • Pink Floyd – Whish You Were Here
  • Goldenthal, Elliot – Victorious Titus
  • Jerry Harrison: Casual Gods – If The Rains Returns
  • Joy Division – Means to an End, New Dawn Fades
  • Jimmy Hendirx – Voodoo Chile
  • Lord of the New Church – Open Your Eyes, New Church
  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds, Every Day Is Exactly The Same, With Teeth
  • Oingo Boingo – Home Again, Pain
  • Public Image – Banging the Door, Go Back, Ease
  • R.E.M. – Orange Crush
  • Radio Head – My Iron Lung
  • Rage Against the Machine – Testify, Born of a Broken Man
  • Ravi Shankar – Friar Park, Tana Mana, West Eats Meat
  • Rush – Working Man, Tom Sawyer
  • Seether – Country Song
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Overground, Cities in Dust
  • Skinny Puppy – Love
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Here is no Why
  • Talking Heads – Listening Wind, Overload, Memories Can’t Wait
  • Thelonious Monk – Dinah (Take 2)
  • Thievery Corporation – Until the Morning Comes
  • U2 - God Part II, Van Diemen’s Land, Plot 180, Theme from Let’s Go Native, The Sweetest Thing
  • XTC – Complicated Game
  • Yoav – Adore Adore, There Is Nobody
  • Yuri Mrakadi – al-Mar’a al-A’arabiya
  • Yusuf – World O’ Darkness, All Kinds of Roses

Press Releases

Sven Michael Davison Announces   Book Three Of His God Head Trilogy   As The Second Installment Is Released