Early readers of Everday noted that it’s easy to get discouraged by its wall of text unless there’s a clear indication up front of who wrote this, why, for whom – and why it’s written like that. It is an unusual book, so it cannot rely on the inertia of genre; it needs to establish its own context, its attitude, its fundamental assumptions. Most of this information is deducible from the text – but the reader needs some incentive to penetrate the terse alphabetic entries in the first place.
So I wrote an introductory story for my book – a more or less traditional SF short story that prefaces the alphabetic part. It has everything the book itself doesn’t: characters, plot, drama. The idea is to engage readers, to convince them the book is interesting enough to invest some work, to establish the voice of the author: the writing style is intentionally contrasting to that of the alphabetic part but it’s still the same voice, the same me. I think I like the result.
Read it here and let me know what you think.