Loveoid

Loveoid

Screencraft Semifinalist (top 12% of submissions); 
Fish shortlist (top 4% of submissions); A cli-fi love story

Forthcoming December 6, 2020

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A woman euthanasist and an Egyptian farmer delve into the evolution of the collective soul as an extremophile virus targets a select few.

Cli-Fi at its best, where the twisted scientific changes of our present-day lives catalyze love in parallel universes. Loveoid grapples with the dilemmas of the latest generation of humankind ⎯ that the loving don’t survive. In the present-day novel Loveoid, Olivia unravels a virus that only harms the corporate upper crust. In combat with media, governments and corporations, as love-lacking predators on top kill off life on earth, Olivia finds love, and comes to question her own ideals. The impossibly mixed match encounters life-threatening obstacles, as Khalid elicits her darkest fears, yet lights the way with ancient holistic remedies and spiritualism. Will love allow them to stay human?

 

Praise for Loveoid

“Loveoid is a wildly unique and immensely realized science fiction thriller set in a dystopian present in which overpopulation is decimating the Earth and its natural resources at a rapid rate. Additionally, the world of the story is incredibly deep, filled with dense detail and nuance that give the impression of a very realized universe.”

⎯ScreenCraft

 

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Loveoid

by JL Morin
Release date: December 6, 2020
Genre: eco-fiction, cli-fi, literary fiction, speculative fiction, sci-fi, romance
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-54-7

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“About time some serious writers and artists took on the biggest issue of our timeómaybe all time. This novel shows that engagement fully underway!”

⎯Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org

 

“The smart choice to set this eco-thriller in the present brings home the tenebrous climate prognostications we usually reserve for another year.”

Brussels Express

 

“I take heart from JL Morin’s authorial intuition: true love is what eventually will separate man from vegetable.”

⎯A. Bergsten, author, The Rift
 

“Loveoid is a rare and most accurate reflection of contemporary LGBTI people: I both love and find highly enlightening JL Morin’s particular reference to the Navajo culture—it reminds me of the recent apology of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau for suppressing the ‘two-spiritCanadian Indigenous peoples’ values and beliefs’. Many ancient cultures accepted non-binary people and it is important to be constantly reminded of this, given the current confusion,deliberate misunderstandings and hatred around this subject. Also, focusing on love (rather than sex, which is primarily linked to re-production) is the perfect romantic, humane and noble premise.”

—Dimitris Politis, author, LGBTI rights champion
 

Quotes

“If money’s not a problem, it will be.”

*

He rolled his eyes. “They told me who you were with these last few months. What’s next, Olivia, a saber-toothed tiger?”

*

The dilemma ebbed from every chain of life, the loving perished, while predators stalked the food chain, chain of command, blockchain…

*

“They might want to put him out of his misery. Euthanasia is legal here, as is assisted suicide.”

As secretary to the director, she actually felt for Luther, with a kind of love that wouldn’t let her do the obvious.

*

Olivia nodded doubtfully, unsure she’d even want to go on living inside a giant mind with galaxies for neurons. She found it highly unlikely that she’d gravitated toward any particular constellation happening to brand the sky when she’d ‘manifested on the material plane’. If she could make such an impression on the universe, she would have done it already in the lab.

*

ON GLOBALIZATION AND TERRORISM

“We’re in World War III…Chéri.”

“You realized? With three eyes closed! Laisse tomber. You’re safe here. I’m not a terrorist. I don’t even like globalization.”

*

“Animals don’t love.”

“Heh, is that what you think? Let me do the thinking.”

*

“We also didn’t agree with your linking overpopulation to a rise in homosexuality,” said a willowy scientist.

“Well, it would champion homosexuals as a cure for overpopulation, but why get hung up on sex? The more interesting issue is love. For man to use people and worship things is robotic. No surprise that nature would force him to re-connect with his roots.”

“You say ‘his’.”

“When you bring in a female case, I’ll add ‘her’.”

Of course, there were plenty of female cases, just none running the top corporations and getting the red-carpet treatment.

The discussion proceeded with pre-ordained circularity. The scientists exchanged glances. One muttered, “Love as a survival skill! No wonder the Institute wasn’t thrilled.”

News

ScreenCraft Names Short Story Semifinalists: Semifinalists have been announced for the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest, representing the top 12 percent of submissions received
 
On the ‘New and Noteworthy’ shelf at NewPages.
 

About the Author

JLMimosa

 

Born on the crest of sixties optimism, JL Morin grew up in inner-city Detroit. She proffered moral support while her parents sacrificed all to a failed system. Wondering what the Japanese were doing right, she decamped to Tokyo. Her debut Japan novel, Sazzae, won an eLit gold medal and a Living Now Book Award. Her second novel, Travelling Light, was a USA Best Book Awards finalist, and her third, Trading Dreams became ‘Occupy’s first bestselling novel’. Her climate fiction novel, Nature’s Confession, won first place in the Dante Rossetti Book Awards, and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, a LitPick 5-Star Review Award, and an excerpt received an Honorable Mention in the Eco-Fiction Story Contest. Morin’s fiction has appeared in The Harvard Advocate and Harvard Yisei, and her articles and translations in The Huffington Post, Library Journal, The Detroit News, Agence France Presse, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, and The Harvard Crimson.

JL Morin’s writing draws on a breadth of experience. She traded derivatives in New York while studying nights for her MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business; worked for the Federal Reserve Bank posted to the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center; presented the news as a TV broadcaster; and is adjunct faculty at Boston University.

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