TalkCast 429 – A Tale of Two Futures


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Life’s a bitch. She deals off the bottom of the deck. But you play the hands you’re given.



In this episode we talk with the writing team collectively known as O.E.Tearmann about their Aces High Jokers Wild series and specifically the first book in the series, The Hands We’re Given. The series is set in an America divided into heavily guarded, high-tech corporate zones known as the Grid, and Force-controlled military installations known as the Dust.

We are in a world where climate change and political deadlock have resulted in a nation in isolation, only engaged with the rest of the world because of its technological and medical power, mirroring many of todays societal realities

These are the Mission Files of The Wildcards. Officially Democratic State Force Base 1407, the Wildcards are serving in as part of the “new” American Revolution. In 2155, Corporations run the City Grids for profit. They own their workers. The Constitution is just an old-fashioned document. Freedom is a word. nothing more. Off “the Grid” and in the shadows, there are people fighting for change.

So, please enjoy our conversation with the writing duo of Olivia and Nonier. better known as O.E.Tearmann. We got to talk about the genesis of this project from both of their individual perspectives as well as insight into specific motivation as well as goals in producing this series. The talk was engaging, intelligent and pleasant.

Enjoy the chaos.

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The Hand We're Given

The Hand We’re Given

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