Maz Medea is writing a thriller about a thirtysomething techie who’s obsessed with Apple products. The character is in so deep that he views human life the same way he views technology–if you’re not the current model, you’re obsolete. (Hollywood will definitely come calling–they invented this model!) But first Mr. Medea is looking for some help bringing his protagonist’s world to life. So he’s asking you and his 187,000 Twitter followers to suggest supporting characters. Accomplices, victims, police officers, you name it. If your character rings his bell, Maz will put her or him in the book.
But don’t use Eliot “The Shaman” Rickover, great grandson of the famous admiral who works in a Brooklyn bodega and has a torrid affair with Dolores Parrafo, a rogue member of the Mexican media who covers everything from drug trafficking to technology in just 2paragraphs–those characters have been submitted! The sultry Parrafo (yes, that’s paragraph in Spanish) turned to journalism after working, as Medea did, for one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, pitching products like photocopiers and digital cameras–as surely bound for obsolescence as an iPhone 4. She–again like Medea–also had a near-death experience after which she decided to “Think Different.” Which is where the grateful Rickover comes in–we hope. Medea’s mysteriously named IPM project takes a page, so to speak, from the tech world. He calls his collaborative book endeavor “Open Source.” Or literary Linux.