- File Size: 2877 KB
- Print Length: 23 pages
- Publisher: Solstice Publishing - Solstice Universe Imprint (November 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N53B56B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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- #1800 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #2210 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary
- #2562 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
The Chaos of Mokii Kindle Edition
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Through clever dialogue and concise description packed with meaning that builds a fantasy world quickly, Nelder efficiently describes Mokii as a place of 'abstract tourism', a 'mind-spa' with 'palaces of the mind' and a co-MC (Keiran) that believes he doesn't actually exist anywhere else.
All begging questions posed by the main protagonist (Olga):
'Where does reality end and unreality begin when Keiran thought he was only real in a virtual world?'
'Does existing only in my, and other Mokii inhabitants’ consciousnesses, mean you live longer?'
I highly recommend this short story.
Olga enters Mokii on a mission, but not a mission you might expect. When she is presented with a tray of silver thimbles filled with a ruby and emerald elixir, she can thought-call people, tag them, run through crystal corridors and helical stairways, and think a switch and it will all go away. But in this physical reality where pleasure is mostly in the mind, can we really know what is real and what is not?
Without giving away the plot, I found this a thought-provoking and well written story that challenged me and opened the door into a different and fascinating genre.
The world building is sleek and beautifully done, moving from “a cross between the Titanic interior and a Cinderella nightmare” to crystal corridors, helical stairways, alabaster bridges, and Sandalwood scented saunas. The shifts between the ‘real world’ of a train, and the cyber-world are sleek and handled with a smoothness that belies the fictional nature of both worlds. Nelder’s characters are also well-drawn, particularly his protagonist Olga, who comes across as both vulnerable and ultra sharp. Nelder’s own grasp of physics, hacking terminology, and the philosophical implications of cyber-space make this story so much more than just a fun escape full of un-predictable twists and turns, though it is truly fun, and definitely full of unexpected twists.
At a deeper level, there are questions raised about the nature of reality that are chillingly relevant considering the fact that last year Elon Musk stated publically that there is a billion to one chance that we’re living in “base reality” (that is, a non-virtual world), and even Neil deGrasse Tyson has argued that there is a high probability that we’re living a computer simulation. Though it’s pretty hard to accept these as fact at the moment (the simulation would have to be a damn sight better than Second Life), the possibility of a matrix-like world is becoming increasingly more likely as the world appears to be moving towards instability and as our technological capability grows exponentially. The Chaos of Mokii doesn’t really specifically posit these questions—it’s light-hearted fiction after all—but Nelder’s ‘what-if’ becomes the backbone of the story, and the ultimate choices that face these characters which makes The Chaos of Mokii such a provocative and powerful read.
It’s only a short story -- a little over 3000 words -- so you can afford the little time and small cost of reading it. Even in that short presentation, there are two realities. I won’t give away the story, except to say you need to read the last couple of paragraphs before everything falls into place.
I first read my version on Amazon’s cloud reader, and these two paragraphs were missing. The story didn’t seem to be a story. So, rather than write a negative review, I contacted Geoff, and he sent me the whole thing. So, now I know its genre: it is detective science fiction, only the crime is not what you think, and the criminal is not who you think.