Friday, August 2, 2013

A Q&A With Nobilis Reed, Author Of METHARMEA’S JOURNEY

Here's a very enjoyable interview with Nobilis Reed, the author of the groundbreaking new novel, METHARMEA’S JOURNEY

She journeyed deep into the underground world of her own time and found it: Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory – all in one!
Metharmea discovers a secret world where the human body can be transformed. Will she choose to change? And how? And what is she willing to pay?
The human form is a work of art. Over the centuries it's been depicted on canvas, in stone, and in a near-infinite array of other media. The body itself has been decorated and embellished, yet the basic anatomy has remained the same. But what if it's no longer fantasy or artwork any more? When science is able to transform human flesh into a true, living fantasy body, who will undergo the transformation and at what price?
An erotic science fiction novel that pushes the boundaries of modern storytelling.
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Q: TELL US A BIT ABOUT METHARMEA’S JOURNEY: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT ... AND WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION?

Metharmea's Journey is, at the core, the story of one person who decides to follow simple curiosity, and then must act on the discoveries that investigation brings. It's Alice through the looking glass, with a very different looking glass, and a much bigger discovery on the other side, one with implications for her entire world.

I initially started out wanting to write a story that had elements of all the different transformation fetish art that I've encountered. Some of them are even mentioned in the text; The name "Shunga" for example, comes from a style of Japanese erotic art where the people are portrayed with gigantic genitals. There are several others, such as women with gigantic breasts, men with two cocks, that sort of thing.

So I started with that assumption; "There are people in the world who have bodies like those you see in this art." And then I asked myself, "Why would people do this? Where would they live? What would they do?" and everything followed from there.

Q: EROTIC SCIENCE FICTION HAS AN INTERESTING HISTORY, HOW DO YOU FEEL METHARMEA’S JOURNEY FITS INTO THAT TRADITION?

Metharmea's Journey has roots that go all over the place. As I've mentioned, there are some tendrils over in traditional Japanese culture, plus modern erotic anime and manga, American pulp fiction from the fifties and sixties, and modern concepts of what it means to be one gender or another, or neither, or both.

Q: CARE TO SHARE SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORLD OF METHARMEA’S JOURNEY?

Metharmea lives in a megacity, full of buildings so tall she's never been down to street level before; it might as well be underground. It's just not part of her experience. She lives a fairly comfortable life, studying at college, going to the gym, and going out on dates with her regular boyfriend. She has no worries about having enough money, about food or shelter. Her world is at peace.

In the first chapter, she discovers an aspect of her world that she had never known existed; down at street level, in one small neighborhood, there are people who have taken body modifications to lengths she had never dreamed were possible. They live apart from her world, unknown to all except a privileged few. And this part of the world is very definitely not at peace.

Q: TRANSFORMATION IS A KEY PART OF METHARMEA’S JOURNEY - HOW DO YOU SEE HUMAN BIOLOGY CHANGING IN THE FUTURE?

Soon - very soon - we will start having to answer questions about what it means to be human. Historically, making alterations to one's body beyond a fairly trivial level would introduce more impairment than ability, but what if you could get a treatment that would let you grow taller? It's a fairly well-documented sociological fact that being tall gives people several advantages, interpersonally; if you could get an extra three inches of height, how much more successful would you be? And that leaves out entirely the question of the size of organs like breasts or penis or buttocks. What if altering the shape of your body was easy? How tall would we be? How big would be too big?

Q: WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?  MAYBE A CONTINUATION OF METHARMEA’S JOURNEY?

Right now, I'm returning to a project that I've neglected for a long time, determined to finish it, and not let it defeat me. I've also got my podcast, which is a constant in my life at this point. As for the next story I'll write, I'm not sure. Certainly, if Metharmea's Journey finds a decent audience, and people enjoy it, I'd consider writing more in that universe.

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