An ur-dieselpunk novel with a Spanish-created robot hobo in a balkanized United States of America at the beginning of the XXth century.
The novel is completed and available in Amazon.com for a dollar
For the time being, mainly related to typos:
After the United States of America is defeated by a technologically superior Cuba and Spain, Florida becomes an independent multiracial socialist state which is inmediately at war with the (now diminished) America.
A North-American Pinkerton agent is sent into that state to recover a mechanical man that has been seen in a circus doing gigs from Pensacola to St. Petersburg entertaining the masses.
He succeeds, or not, but taking the loot back to Washington might not be so easy. He becomes a railway hobo, accompanied with a hobo cyborg - the hoborg of the title.
After the paragraphs above, you might have already realized English is not my main language. Sending me corrections is not the only way you can help
The novel is roughly finished (that is, it’s got an ending, it will actually never be finished since it might evolve in time) and published it in Amazon.com and the rest of the Amazon shops. Since all your contributions will be here, in the repo, they are obviously acknowledged, but I’ll acknowledge it also in the prologue itself and, if I earn enough to be able to physically print it and mail it, will mail you a copy. That’s quite unlikely to happen, however, so I’ll make a promise I can keep: to follow you in Twitter.
Read the installation instructions to get your very own novel going in Github. They are long-ish, but may be worth the while.
You already know the text directory, which contains the novel text itself as well as scraps we might need for later. resources contains HTML templates, images and other non-text stuff. apps includes conversion scripts and other mainly Perl scripts I use for managing this. Text-Hoborg contains a Perl module that is used for testing and continuous integration and might eventually contain the novel itself and be released that way.