Wilek, Trevn, and their party couldn’t wait to get out of the city. Buildings that were far too tall to stand towered overhead, some of them blocking the sun. They had no idea how they might adapt their people to such a place. They set off, quickly trying to get out. This led them to Stop #6, PacNorth, from Kerry Nietz’s novel
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He is the author of several award-winning novels, including
A Star Curiously Singing,
Amish Vampires in Space. Check out his website at
Here's a closer look at Kerry's book, Mask:
I am the mask. The mask is me.
America has fallen. Remnants of states cling together. The Pacific Northwest is now PacNorth.
Democracy has gone off the rails. Citizens still vote, but only to vote away anything—or anyone—they don't like. Long-term wisdom loses to short-term pleasure.
And the Collectors come in the night.
Radial is a Collector. The instrument of the will of the people. You get voted away...Radial makes you disappear. The system works, and he is its servant. The rule of the people is the highest form of human government. He is a believer.
Until he is asked to collect someone who should never, ever be voted away.
Wilek and Trevn don’t understand this place at all. Democracy? Voting? Humans being collected!
Worried about the people in their group, they walk long into the night to find a safe place to camp away from the Collectors.
Now let's hear from Kerry about the world of Mask: