When Sheatiel Sarao and Cody Vrosh of Binary Winter Press approached me with their idea for a meld of the zodiac, androids, art, and stories, I was hooked.
They presented me with a collection of beautiful art-in-progress to choose from and told me I could pick two pieces to write stories for. Two. It was a cruel reckoning, but somehow I whittled my choices down to Gemini and Pisces.
I will still write about you one day, oh unicorn-headed Virgo. You are not forgotten.
As a writer, sometimes certain ideas come along that act as germinating ground for a host of other ideas - and for me, this was one of those moments. Meshing future tech with the ancient lore of the zodiac was not only a unique challenge, but a wonderful opportunity to explore just how stories can affect the way we think about ourselves as individuals.
I wondered - what sort of stories would androids tell themselves in the dark? What mysteries of identity, loss, and moral grounding would appeal to our synthesized counterparts?
What goes bump in the night for androids, and what gives them a sense of hope and adventure?
You’re just going to have to read and find out.
As of this posting, The Android’s Astrological Companion has fully funded on Kickstarter, but there is still $800 and four days left to go to reach the final stretch goal - an adorable Zodiac of Teeth. Seriously, look at those little guys. Aren’t they the cutest?
You can read interviews with Cody and Sheatiel about the project here: