To Airy Thinness
What if someone lost their mind? Literally lost it? And what if someone else found a way to replace it with a better one? How would they go about creating a perfect brain? Well, naturally they’d start by seeking out an authority who'd managed to identify the most important qualities successful people have. But who would have the audacity to name such qualities? Then I found it. An entire universe of authorities hellbent on perfecting the common human. The self-help book. And I located the mother of them all – one that’s overlooked today but in my estimation stands out as the original: Napoleon Hill’s "The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons." There it was. My solution. A perfect brain would have all the “laws” of success (self confidence, tolerance, leadership etc.) And I thought: what if those qualities had physical form? Actual somatic presence? What if the neural matter had to be stolen from living, breathing people to infuse into the perfect beta brain? That idea turned into the premise of To Airy Thinness.
While the novel’s still in draft form, I've excerpted the first half.