About + Tricksters Media Publishing


I'm Tom Wood and I'm the author of the Agents of DISRUPT set of novels - coming soon! I'm also an architect, designer and inline skater. I know my way through a set of plans and onto a construction site, particularly the areas that create and serve the high-tech environment. It's not a 'cloud' because it really is concrete!

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The Agents of DISRUPT novels are near-future science fiction stories with flying jetbikes, virtual reality and perilous games with young teams and crazed villains who get thrown together in thrilling adventures with a crafty AI, cool tech and lots of fun for the young adult in everyone!

If you enjoy stories with virtual worlds like Ready Player One (Ernest Cline), Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson), and Warcross (Marie Lu), then the Agents of DISRUPT novels may be for you!

There are several novels planned, but it may be a while to publication.

When I set out to write these stories I had a goal to make them not-grimdark because I think there's too much of that in the world already. My stories contain many of the cyberpunk tropes but are not as pessimistic as that overall genre. I recently became aware of hopepunk, so I'm trying it on for size.

What is hopepunk? The term was originally coined by Alexandra Rowland in her Tumblr blog here: The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on. For a roundup, this is a good place to review: festiveninja - Hopepunk: Articles, Resources and Recordings

Tricksters Media Publishing is the name of my independent publishing company.

I read a lot of different genres, mostly science fiction and related pop-technology material.

The discussion about the benefits and threats of artificial intelligence is an area of particular interest to me. As an architect, the idea of the 'smart city' is both intriguing and terrifying.

Here are some of my favorite books - the images link to Goodreads listings:

Ready Player One
Snow Crash
The Hunger Games
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Pattern Recognition
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Life of Pi
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fight Club
Sometimes a Great Notion
The Hobbit
To Kill a Mockingbird
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Rainbows End
The Silence of the Lambs
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel
Jennifer Government
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
The Golden Compass
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know
Gene Mapper

I follow the progress of the virtual/augmented/mixed reality industry and look forward to new modes of storytelling. I love my smartphone-based VR headset, but will hold off on the real deal while they work it out. I use LightWave 3D to make animations for social media.

Tron, Blade Runner, Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and the original Star Wars are early inspirations. I admire Pixar and Disney's strength in animated storytelling.

I lived in Austin, Texas for most of my life, but I currently live in Washington, DC. I am writing the Agents of DISRUPT novels because I like to read/watch fun fast-moving stories that are hopeful about the future. I hope you do too.

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