Various Artists (Digitalis Recordings) - The Isolatarium
Brad Rose is a man of many talents. Apart from being the head of always-reliable Digitalis Industries label and taking part a plethora of musical projects like Altar Eagle, Charlatan or Ajilvsga (to name just a few), operating on the fringes of ambient and experimental music. And it turns now that now he’s becoming a writer! The Isolatarium is Rose’s debut novel, a cyberpunk-inspired science fiction action story taking place over 300 years from now. Here’s a plot synopsis, which sounds mighty interesting, takings hints from William Gibson and Philip K. Dick:
"In the late 24th century, hacker Diadem Streng idles inside an isolated prison in space, tormented by his past. Dragged into dangerous experiments by his charming girlfriend, Celandine, and her dream of reviving Earth’s dead oceans, he learns a dark secret that could threaten the control of the corporate elite, the Magnates. The only way to avoid such a fate is to destroy everything he and Cela had worked so hard for before the Magnates ruin their lives. Ultimately, he is locked away in a sterile white hell, forced to obsessively search for the truth in his own memories."
Together with the story goes a free compilation of music from the regular Digitalis roster to serve as a soundtrack for the reading experience, ranging from paranoid mutant techno to melancholic winter ambience, all perfect for the technology-filled, dystopian nature of the novel. So download the comp and get the book, it costs only 2 dollars (but you can give more!) on Bandcamp. You can also get a Kindle version from Amazon for a little over 4 dollars. Highly recommended - both the book and the compilation!