by Tracy Ross
GENRE: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Binary Logic is the perfect merge of content and form—exploring concepts of literary genre with revelatory narrative. It is a collection of tales touching on relational dysfunction, the conflicts inherent in addiction and fear, and the legacy of female future time lords. The stories all create a bridge between the reckoning imagination and the spirit of free will and self-made destiny. Binary Logic quietly asks the question, “Where is the mind of our species headed and what is the next quantum leap of human consciousness?”
It was then that I realized I was in it for the both of us. My father and I against the anguish. At one point, during the early hours of morning, the crying faces had all gotten loose and were crawling up the walls and dropping from the ceiling like smokey apparitions from Dante’s Inferno, liquid shadows of creeping hunger, an infestation of screaming mouths and terror-stricken eyes, the reality of the walls closing in on me like a wriggling, dark prison. In my panic and shock, I finally blacked out, leaving the room for the numbing promise of sleep. I welcomed unconscious bliss.
Note to self: pain is a manifestation. It lives like a beast, a breathing, hungry creature, unable to free itself from destiny, unable to make the choice to release itself because it is comfortable in its tragedy. It is easier to go on in pain, then to go through to the other side where there is peace. The fear stops you. It prevents you from going all the way.
About the Author:
Tracy Ross is the author of three poetry volumes and the fictional narrative Certainty of One—A Tale of Education Automation. Her latest work, Binary Logic is a short story collection which touches on many genres—surrealism, horror, magic realism, and science fiction. In Binary Logic she tries to not be tethered to one type of story but attempts to explore the metaphors and symbols behind the dualities of choice, free will, and decision.
Ross is a graduate of Augsburg University's MFA program and is a life-long student of the metaphysical behind language as well as consciousness studies. She has lived in Detroit, Chicago, and the Boundary Waters Canoe area in upper north Minnesota. As a youngster she progressed straight from Judy Blume books to Franz Kafka, making a giant leap into existentialism by the age of nine. She is also a student of film and popular culture, working on a new book of essays on life, liberty, and the pursuit of media. She currently lives and works in Minnesota.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Switching genres and making things as tight as I could was the most challenging and fun! At first, I wanted to write a novel and couldn't decide if I wanted to do horror, surrealism, or sci-fi. And then it occurred to me—why not do all of it? With the short fiction form, anything is possible in the quickest amount of time and really leaves you to ponder over things and ask, “Wait! What just happened here?” As a reader myself, I have always liked when things were short and simple, to the point, and made you look twice. I tried to achieve this in my compilation Binary Logic.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
Yes. I just finished a work of prose poetry that combines the biography of Nikola Tesla juxtaposed with vignettes and visions from my personal life and past. It is also an exploration of the possibilities of sustainable energy potentials. It is entitled When Lightning Strikes and I got a lot out of it while writing.
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I just want to continue to write and be happy. I am currently working on a book of essays for next year.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing seriously since about the age of 9 with the intent of doing it for the rest of my life.
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Always remember what the sentiment in Willy Wonka was with Gene Wilder's song “Pure Imagination”--If you want to view paradise/ Simply look around and view it/ Anything you want to, do it/ Want to change the world?/ There's nothing to it...
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.rosspoet.org/
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Ross/e/B09BBRXZ7F
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