The Institute is all Adan knows. And the scientists who run it don’t seem to know or even care who he might have been before he came there. But the strange technology they’ve fused inside of him and his missing memories are only the beginning as he finds himself swept up into a conflict between the researchers and the last remnants of humanity untouched by their experiments.
Part mystical science fiction, part dystopian thriller, Into the Vast is the high-tech exploration of humanity at the pinnacle of innovation and achievement, a time when science has made virtually anything possible. But in getting there, something has been lost along the way. And perhaps the only person who knows what that is, is the one who doesn’t know anything at all.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I actually wrote about this on my website, but I have a background both in graphics and video so I created my own trailer. It was made with a combination of Blender, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, and Photoshop. Even though it is only about one minute long, it was still quite a bit of work.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been thinking for several years about some of the tendencies and directions I see the world going in. I wanted to spin them out far far into the future and ponder what might happen and what the world might look like if we continued on this path. I’m sure you have heard the old addage ‘be careful what you wish for’. Well, if you read the novel, I think you might see how that applies. There is something fundamentally broken within all of us though we don’t like to admit it. As Solzenitsyn said, “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.” And because of this, what often seems good is really just evil with makeup on and we don’t realize it often until it’s too late, which is tragic.
DJ’s writing career almost began in the 5th grade after he discovered and fell in love with Choose Your Own Adventure books. He promptly set out to co-author one with his best friend, but fifty pages into the effort, the potential masterpiece suffered a fatal setback when Bantam Books released Adventure #13, The Abominable Snowman, the very same story he was working on.
Undaunted, DJ went on to write for several years in the High School newspaper, churning out off-beat commentaries on life in the vein of Andy Rooney. Later, while pursuing his undergraduate English degree, he dabbled in poetry and essay writing when not studying classic literature.
It wasn’t until many years later, however, when he began attending a literature club fashioned after C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s group, the Inklings, that he began to consider writing novels. The group reignited his passion for story and, along with another member, he formed an informal writing group where he began to write in earnest.