Buildings next to buildings, askew or aligned. Buildings sometimes intersecting buildings, for that matter. Walk down a hallway, end up in a ballroom, double glass doors to a subway station, third exit on the left goes to a dentist's office. Probably wouldn't want your cavities filled there, mind you.
There's no rhyme or reason to any of it -- we've got streets which lead to dead ends, roads which criss-cross and loop back around, highways which go nowhere. Literally nowhere, as in "anybody going down that road is not coming back." This is not a good place to wander off unless you like wandering off forever...
Nobody knows where the city came from. Nobody knows how we got here. Nobody knows why any of this is happening. But it's happening. The city exists. We are here now. It's growing every day, and bringing new people with it.
We live a life amidst the twisted yet familiar.
If we're going to survive this, if we're going to stay alive and thrive, we need to learn to live in the City of Angles.
Welcome to City of Angles, a web novel series taking place in the twisted geometry of a weird mirror to American life. Across urban tangles and suburban smears you'll meet interesting folks, and dip into their day-to-day living.
Written by Stefan Gagne (that's me), author of other web novels such as anachronauts, Unreal Estate, and Sailor Nothing. City of Angles is a bit of comedy, a bit of drama, a bit of horror. It's a compilation of stories you can read for free, as well as books you can add to your library. I hope you enjoy your time here and choose to snag yourself a book to dig deeper into the mysteries of the city.
I've also got a media gallery of artwork, if you'd like to gaze at your newfound fictional friends. And for those of you who want to lose yourself endlessly in a wiki first, there's a TVTropes page. Uh, but come back and read if your survive that experience.
To dive right in and read, there's no better way to go than //001: Starting Out Sideways, the first story of the series.
I welcome any and all feedback about these stories. I post drafts as they are written, so you can be a part of the writing process! Email me, or feedback can be left on my creative writing blog. I can also be reached on Twitter.
Copyright 2014 by Stefan Gagne