The Art of Creative Rebellion

A Survival Guide for the Creative Rebel

40,000 words

Coming Fall 2019

 No one prepares the young designer or creative aspirant for the real world, once they exit college and enter the start-up or corporate sector. The Art of Creative Rebellion is a letter to a young designer on how to navigate the labyrinthine and often convulsive environments of modern businesses, while maintaining a strong grip to the reason why anyone becomes an artist, designer or maker: to create.

 Written in an irreverent tone, each chapter begins with a principle, followed by an anecdote that illustrates how the author screwed up his way forward to arrive at said principle. The book is written broadly enough to apply to all forms of creative endeavor (art, music, writing) in these tumultuous times of extreme organizational and technological changes.

“…This book is about rebellion. Not destructive rebellion but creative rebellion. The creative act is initially viewed as disruptive and therefore it’s often suppressed, even by companies that seek to be ‘innovative’ — a word that has lost almost all of its meaning through repetition. As a creative person you may find yourself simultaneously: admired and repressed; considered integral to the company or project you are working on and then unceremoniously discarded after you deliver the goods; celebrated and then isolated. This is the path of all creative individuals or those who aspire to the creative path. It’s tough but in my estimation, there is no other way to live.”

Excerpt from the chapter “Rebel, Rebel” The Art of Creative Rebellion


LUMINAL: The Cosmic Misadventures of an Existential, Intergalactic Assassin

64,000 words

Hard-boiled, dark humor Sci-Fi

Daemon, a “luminal,” is a snarky, self-destructive, genetically engineered interstellar assassin who travels through wormholes to carry out hits on enemies of the Imperium. A bad seed, really. But when he betrays his orders because of a chance reunion with a childhood crush and becomes a target himself, he decides to take on the biggest hit of them all – to kill God (aka the universal sentient Internet who has proclaimed herself the ultimate deity.) 


Ecru Trabant

ECRU TRABANT

136,000 words

Coming Fall 2019

In this near-future saga of a Royal Tenenbaums of a family, young MAX is set on a mission to fight natural death the moment he sees his father die in the street in Budapest, hit by an ecru-colored Trabant (hence the title of the book). Already eccentric, Max’s focus and intelligence make him an odd fit for most people but a dedicated friend to few, who stick with him in this far-reaching examination of the impact on the human condition by emergent technologies like bio-nanotech and advanced VR, the possibilities of science, human consciousness, mortality, and love.

In another part of the world, GENIE is born with supernatural powers of omniscience. On the run from an ancient cult for which her family was grooming her, she meets Max. Their lives take them around the world, to London, Paris, Japan, and California, as they fall in love, outrun the cult, have a child, become tech leaders and gurus, and ultimately, experimental guinea pigs themselves. This is an art world, tech, music, and conspiracy theory romp through reams of culture and the vibrant decades of the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and into the future.

from Laurie Viera Rigler, author of the Jane Austin Addict Series:

I’m in awe of John Couch’s talent and brilliance—this book will have book groups debating till the end of days. Every time I thought I was reading a book about one thing, the book turned my world upside down and became a book about something else, then something else, then something else again, while being completely and rapturously unified. I may spend the rest of my life wondering whose bardo is it anyway, or is it everyone’s, and does any of that matter as long as we’re left contemplating the nature of reality and love and death and empathy and true connection and art and music and all forms of creation and virtual reality and AI and nanotechnology and immortality and our death-grip-attachment to everything we think/know/insist is real while inside there is that spark that knows there is something greater than our ego selves. I cannot wait to read more by this remarkable author.  

—Laurie Viera Rigler