- 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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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.
When Olga enters Mokii, finagling her way past the bouncer into a world that is a ‘cross between Titanic and a Cinderella nightmare’ the adventure begins. Rather like Neo in The Matrix when presented with the red and blue pills and he must choose one, Olga is offered a tray of silver thimbles filled with a ruby and emerald elixir. What seems a simple choice may actually be a trick in this well developed world.
Moving through this world and seeing it through Olga’s eyes it’s impossible not to be caught up in Nelder’s vivid description of the surroundings. Just when I thought that was the crux of the tale, along comes Keiran who seems to exist only in this fantasy world. There is no question Olga has feelings for this “co-MC”. In fact they have had a relationship in Mokii. While she is able to move from the physical world to the mind world, Keiran seems to be trapped. That begs the question, does Keiran truly exist?
Nelder takes a poke at money hungry corporations in this story but I won’t give that tidbit away. I will say it strikes very close to the real world where money is lord and master and no price is too high to charge the masses who always want more. Are they being given what they desire or led to desire to what they are given?
I confess to being more than a little stunned at the ending. I wished it went on because I found myself wondering what might or might not happen next. This is a tightly plotted, very well written story. Nelder has created a world, a conflict, and an epiphany in fewer pages than a Dr. Seuss book. He does it neatly and like a good science fiction writer leaves his reader with questions and hungry for more.
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.
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