Troy GriceTroy Grice has been a fan of dystopian novels and science fiction since his teens. He describes his own writing as “abrasive satire” and “counter-propaganda.” His fiction questions all forms of authority, mocks the establishment, and ridicules the semi-lucid populace that enables it. For Troy, no corrupt institution is beyond reproach. When he’s not working
One night, a peculiar star became visible to the inhabitants of earth. Increasing in brightness with each passing night, its details soon became visible to the naked eye during daylight hours. It grew larger and larger as it approached, becoming the dominant feature in the sky as it finally settled into low earth orbit.
Because the giant thing in the sky was at first benign, and no one was instructed by the authorities to be concerned by its presence, humans carried on with their lives, becoming less and less aware of it and increasingly re-immersed in their many shiny, noisy, useful, interesting, helpful, and distracting things.
Then, out of the blue, the giant thing in the sky attempted to communicate with humanity by broadcasting messages in the form of kitsch advertising slogans. But unfortunately for mankind, the meaning of those cryptic transmissions could not be divined before world war three began.
The War to End All Wars to End War swept across the planet, and the cities and machines and screens all fell silent. Even the giant thing in the sky went dark. The survivors were scattered, and over time, their isolation and the passing of the prewar generations had a profound impact. The dwindling enclaves of humans were left to patch the holes in their culture and history with the crumbs left behind by the departed age of things.
Then the giant thing in the sky began to wake up…
"If you've seen the futuristic sci-fi movie Crumbs, you'll want to read this adapted prequel. If you haven't seen the movie, you will be grabbing the popcorn soon after reading the final pages!"
- Mark Bacci, Producer and Writer