Thursday, November 20, 2008

Web Novel: The Argus Project by A.R. Yngve

Thanks to Swedish science fiction/horror writer and artist A.R. Yngve, I’m reading my way through the online serialized version of his space-opera novel,
The Argus Project (2006).

According to Yngve, a substantial portion of the novel takes place on a partly terraformed Mars, about 170 years into the future, where genetically altered colonists are waging a desperate war for independence against the Terran overlords.

As the work's foreword explains, The Argus Project started as the synopsis for a comic strip and then exploded into an online serialized novel about an interplanetary war for natural resources, thanks to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s.

Interestingly, The Argus Project inspired Yngve to write and record a gangster rap song titled "Die, Martian." In the novel, the song is a superhit of the late 22nd century, sung by Slimy Shake, who raps for the Terran forces.

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