This fall, digital publisher NeoText will publish SCRAP, a visionary new sci-fi novella from acclaimed author Nicholas Mennuti and legendary artist Howard Chaykin.
Meet Travis Schrader. He works nights at a data center housing the world’s most secret and sensitive information, which might sound exciting on the surface. But in practice, Travis is nothing more than a glorified midnight watchman with an advanced degree in engineering, plodding along on a fifteen-dollar-an-hour temporary contract. In short, Travis isn’t exactly changing the world. But who knew that aimlessly wandering through life meant you can be purchased by the highest bidder in the year 2431?
Travis is about to find out when he’s whisked from the data center to the future, where he is now the property of the world’s most powerful corporation and forced to do their bidding with no questions asked. He learns that his empty existence has placed him just far enough outside the progression of the space time continuum that his life can be manipulated without setting off a butterfly effect, as such, he has been “conscripted” as the company’s literal property, sold like corporate scrap. Now he will be sent out on dangerous missions to serve the interests of an elite super-class warring for the last few remaining spoils, and whose lives are far too important to risk.
Before it’s too late, Travis must realize that playing it safe in the future is no longer an option, if he wants to stay alive in the present.
The visionary sci-fi novella SCRAP will be published on October 12, 2021.
Nicholas Mennuti is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Dramatic Writing. His first novel Weaponized was co-written with David Guggenheim. His short stories have appeared in Agni, Skidrow Penthouse, and The Ledge. His journalism has been featured in the Huffington Post.
Howard Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business, serving as an artist and writer for nearly every publisher of comics in the past four decades and counting. He began his career in 1972 working for Infinity Magazine and was later hired by Marvel Comics to work on the title Fear. His first published work for DC Comics was in 1972 on the title Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion. Later on, he worked in many titles such as Tarzan, Star-Spangles War Stories, Sword of Sorcery, Weird Worlds, Superman, The Shadow, Detective Comics and many more. Most recently he has contributed to titles as Batman, Green Lantern Corps, Superman Unchained and Flash in some of the alternate cover art. He is also working for Image Comics and Marvel Comics.