by James Starling


Arteess is an exhilarating new four-part science fiction series from James Starling, Midlands-based gamer and author. It tells of science, betrayal, power and progress, from the perspective of innocent gamers.

Created as an experiment into the nature of time itself, the virtual world of Arteess exists, in the near future, as a private digital realm. A full-body virtual reality experience where the talented, the shrewd and the lucky are invited to participate in an international war zone of nomadic factions. Where an hour in reality is torn and expanded into an entire month in the game. A mere twelve hours becomes a year of constant warfare, with each player’s avatar requiring the same care and attention that their real bodies would. A year of brutality leading to countless deaths, each rewarded with new life in the form of re-spawning.

James is an exciting young writer who has grown up alongside the world of gaming. He writes enthusiastically and believably about the sort of virtual world that many gamers would love to inhabit. The technology may not yet be able to deliver a gaming experience as rich as that in Arteess, but James’ imagination certainly can. We are sure that this series will prove to be very popular with gamers and non-gaming science fiction fans alike.

The first book in the Arteess series, Arteess: Conflict, was published by Elsewhen Press on 26th July 2013

Arteess: Conflict

Book 1 of Arteess

Arteess: Conflict is the first book in the Arteess series. We are introduced into the world of Arteess alongside the Shard squad, a group of friends specialising in Conflict arenas, playing as a cohesive unit led by Splint. Read more…