Today sees the publication of the first book in the exciting new science fiction series Arteess from new author James Starling. Arteess: Conflict introduces us to the world of Arteess. 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. We enter alongside the Shard squad, a group of friends specialising in Conflict arenas, playing as a cohesive unit led by Splint. Though each member possesses unique talents, they are ultimately defined by their personalities, their own personal battles and the moral choices they make in the consequence-free virtual environment. They are thrust into Arteess to serve under the Sapphire faction, an alarmingly casual outfit holed up in the middle of a metal mountain. Surrounded by sociopathic technicians, facetious pilots and a potentially insane commander, Splint and her squad must carve out a place for themselves within the virtual battlefield while surviving not only the onslaught of rivals but also the antics of their own teammates.
“An impressive debut novel”
James Starling bridges the chasm-like void between literature and gaming, bringing together both the disturbingly amusing black humour of the gaming community and the focus, scope and monumental scale possible within modern literature.
Arteess: Conflict is available now as an eBook on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, Nook UK and other platforms (see here for links). It will be published in paperback in November 2013.