#RRBC 2018 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO SPONSOR BLOG HOP: “WHEN THE EYE SEES ITSELF” by Eric Borgerson @PolylyricPress
I’m pleased to have fellow #RWISA #RRBC author, Eric Borgerson and his book, “When the Eye Sees Itself” here today. His book is on my TBR list.
Award-Winning Genre-Bending Novel: A Legal and Political Epic, Sci-fi Thriller, and Hard-Knocks Spiritual Allegory. Winner in Science Fiction at the Independent Press Award. Best Book in Science Fiction at the Pinnacle Book Awards. First Runner-Up In General Fiction, 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival.
In a society that segregates Aggressives and Vulnerables from full-fledged Citizens, a culture war rages over access to the powered class.
Behind this public conflict lurks a new technology that enables people to touch minds. Intelligence agencies and hacktivists, cops and criminals, spiritual seekers and purveyors of institutional oppression, commercial opportunists and political revolutionaries race to control its staggering potential.
The struggle for power lays bare both a rift and a linkage more fundamental than even the most sacrosanct of divisions, as the fight for country and world becomes a battle of the mind.
When the Eye Sees Itself is a fast-paced epic, an exciting mosaic of human interconnection, and a cautionary mirror for a world growing both smaller and larger at speeds too fast to perceive.
This book was an intriguing read. It doesn’t fit neatly into a genre, which is one of its strengths. It has a sci-fi element, but I wouldn’t call it a sci-fi novel. It’s an allegory, and the technology serves both as a fascinating story on the surface, and more deeply as a flexible and powerful metaphor for human interconnection. The story has a lot of threads and I was delighted to see them all weave together over the course of the book. This is an intelligent, fast-paced, challenging and profound piece of work. It goes through some dark terrain but it is also fun and funny. Dystopian but not pessimistic. I’ve never read anything quite like it.
Eric has been a writer in one form or another since junior high school in Oakland, California. He completed degrees in philosophy at Reed College and law at U.C. Berkeley. His career has included work in labor and civil rights law and politics, as an organizer, attorney, writer and journalist. He is also a fan of good science fiction, an avid science enthusiast, loves backpacking, music, film, and literature, and is a lifelong student of philosophy and spiritual traditions. When the Eye Sees Itself is Eric’s first major work of fiction. While it is neither biographical nor autobiographical, it is informed and animated by Eric’s extensive experience with politics and the law, as activist, participant and exile. Eric lives in the Palm Springs, California area.