If Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett had written an earnestly nerdy story in a setting running on the ridiculous logic of Scott Pilgrim, it might have come out something like this.
Each Little Universe is the tale of two oddball nerds, one girl from the stars, and the place we each find for ourselves in a huge, weird cosmos.
If there’s a theme that runs through Each Little Universe, it’s love: true love, but perhaps not the kind you’re thinking of. It’s not a love story, but a story that acknowledges that true love can be for a friend, a slice of pizza, a wrestling match, or pulling off the perfect heist – and in all of these cases it’s no less real or valid than romantic love. Set in a world very much like our own but a bit more strange, its cast of characters are all uniquely peculiar while remaining strangely familiar, their imperfect relationships forming the heart of a narrative that is ultimately about how inherently odd and miraculous all humans are.
Chris Durston explores these themes through the eyes of an Internet age weirdo, presenting philosophical and emotional beats in a frame of nerd culture and new media. Video games, professional wrestling, tabletop role-playing games, and punk rock all provide lenses through which to examine and dissect ideas like the nature of consciousness, the difference between what we see and what there is, and even the meaning of life.
It’s not all navel-gazing, though: Each Little Universe follows the journey of its core trio as they try to work out what it means to be human – and also try to make enough of a living to do boring things like buy food and pay rent – but the cosmos has other ideas. Taking care of their new star is hard enough, but dealing with the forces that are coming to take her back may turn out to be harder.
Each Little Universe is available from April 30th on Kindle and as a paperback. Visit the US or UK Amazon stores to get your copy (or, indeed, to read it for free on Kindle Unlimited), and contact Chris Durston through his website if you can’t find it on your own local Amazon storefront.
US store: https://bit.ly/ELU-Amzn-US
UK store: https://bit.ly/ELU-Amzn-UK
Chris Durston: https://chrisdurston.com/read/each-little-universe/
‘Chris Durston refuses to be dull … He doesn’t see the point of writing a story if he can’t take full advantage of the medium and do things within that medium that can’t be done in any other.’
From Devon, in the South West of England, Chris Durston has always wanted to be a writer and only just got around to doing anything about it. Each Little Universe is his debut novel, initially conceived while studying English literature and philosophy at Cardiff University and finally published five years later.
In addition to being a new author, he is the host of Philosophiraga, a podcast about video games and philosophy.
Find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/overthinkery1