welcome to the future
In an alternate world, where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born....
In an alternate, near-future world where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born. Navigating a landscape of ecological devastation and botched genetic modification experiments, the child’s survival depends upon their heightened senses and the skills they learn at the knee of their life-hacking father. Will it be enough? As they cross the threshold of adulthood the collapse of Island society draws close and they must act in order to protect what they love. A richly detailed and compelling first novel, Solo deftly layers satire and social commentary to create a powerful story of resilience and survival.
In the first video below House of Zolo editor, Erika Steeves, speaks with JE Solo in the first event of the HOZ 2020 Virtual Book Tour. Erika and JE meet in a cozy virtual bunker on the Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator in Second Life and talk about writing, working in virtual space and JE reads Chapter 1 from their debut novel Phreak. More virtual events coming soon as JE tours NEOS VR, VR Chat, and World of Warcraft.
In the second video JE is interviewed by Colleen Power for the Colleen Power Hour on CHMR FM Radio. They discuss speculative literature in Canada, launching a book during a pandemic and the process of creating of Phreak.
JE Solo is an award-winning writer, multi-disciplinary performance and media artist, and musician. JE is the recipient of the Media Arts Prize and the Script Prize from the NL Arts and Letters Awards; the Linda Joy Award from the Atlantic Film Festival; and the East Coast Music Association’s Stompin’ Tom Connors Award. JE’s articles and essays have been published by the Newfoundland Quarterly, TOFU Magazine, Reverb Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, and Switch Magazine, among others. Phreak is JE’s first novel and was short-listed for the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award.