His comic series, 27 plays with mysticism, fantasy, music history, and a bit of mythology. His new book, Strange Attractors, looks to be full of big ideas too.
Strange Attractors is about a lot of things – it’s mostly a book about New York City and how much I love that insane, epic S.O.B. of a town. It’s also about attempting to exert control over our own destinies, and yes, mathematics, specifically complexity theory. Just like the rest of my stuff, it’s a book about subjects I find fascinating (and worth exerting all the time and effort required to bring a new project into the world.)
Just to speak a little more specifically about the story, the main character is a guy named Heller Wilson, a grad student up at Columbia. He’s been working on his thesis for a while – it’s all about New York City, specifically how all of the city’s endless layers of systems (power, transport, supply lines, economy, water, traffic, etc.) somehow manage to work together to keep the city running, despite the fact that no one ever planned them that way. I mean, there are systems in N.Y.C. that were built in the 1800s running right alongside stuff from the 21st century. He’s stuck, though, because according to his calculations, NYC should have completely collapsed in on itself back in the late 70s. The city simply shouldn’t work. It’s too complex, too crazy, too big. - Interview with Newsarama
Soule has some big ideas about how to engage his fans in the lead up to the book’s release. Today on his twitter feed, Soule announced:
I want to do something fun leading up to the release of Strange Attractors – sort of a 6-month long game with NYC as the board.
First event will be exactly one month from today, on Friday, September 14. Details soon.
According to the Archaia website, Strange Attractors is scheduled for a November release. However Soule’s proposal to make this a six-month lead up has the book released in February. Looks like we will all have to stay tuned. Any of our New York City readers want to play along and report back to us?