LONDON (October 30, 2017) – Dan Savery Raz, journalist and Lonely Planet author, has published his debut novel, a dystopian satire, titled The Qwerty Man.
“Our protagonist is CEO of Qwertex, Zach Webman, whose personal life happens to be falling apart at the same time as the world goes crazy. As I wrote the book, I realised that the centre of the novel was not the technology or auction but the relationship between Zach and his son, Ben, who dislikes his father’s company so much he attends anti-Qwertex protests.
“The idea basically stems from the simple concept of selling words. For many years I have been intrigued by the notion that much of what we do is actually ‘selling words’. Most of advertising is literally selling words. Copywriters sell words. Website domains are selling words. Religious preachers are selling words. And, of course, politicians are the ultimate ‘word sellers’.
“So I wondered what it would be like to live in a world where ALL digital words cost money, and came straight from your bank account? Then I thought, ‘which word would cause the biggest rush?’ And the answer was ‘God’. So I developed a story around how the most powerful leaders (or, to be more precise, idiots) in the world would react to such a sale. I assumed the sale of the word ‘God’ would cause at first outrage, then bribery and eventually downright violence.”
“A Godforsaken book that might just save humanity from technology.”
“Making people pay for words is not a bad thing. No-one reads better than me.”