The Fires of Orc is a dystopian novel that imagines a presidential election at the dawn of the Quantum Age and the sequence of events that lead to a collapse of the Old World. Told from the perspective of a survivor, 50 years after fire consumed the cities of the world, the story weaves together themes of hubris and destiny, invoking question for our own time in the tradition of Ursula Le Guin and Philip K. Dick.
The Fires of Orc pushes the question of what is acceptable in a world where truth is decided by number of clicks, where opinion counts for more than fact and what we feel outranks what we know.
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Tony Phillips is a journalist, novelist, translator and editorial writer who lives in San Diego with his patient wife and two spoiled dogs. Tony is a frequent contributor to online and print media. His work appears in the Huffington Post and Salon, among other sites, and he writes for inMotion and Amplitude magazines. Tony is a former columnist whose opinion editorial has appeared in major newspapers and alternative weeklies in three countries. Screen
Tony holds BA and MA degrees in Philosophy from San Diego State University and California State University Long Beach, respectively. His interests include philosophy of language, comparative linguistics, the history of English, and American literature. As the founder and executive director of Kouros Phillips Development, San Diego’s premiere grant writing and fundraising consulting firm, Tony works in support of two-dozen nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities and public school districts. He is a regular contributor to public policy networks and advisory groups and has written and contributed to white papers and studies for the city, county, state and federal agencies.
Tony’s literary interests include science fiction, American modernism and German existentialism. He writes in multiple voices and genres with a particular passion for traditional literary fiction.