Song of Kitaba is a cyberpunk-themed science fiction novel traditionally published through All Things That Matter Press. It's written by Mark Everglade, whose stories are scheduled to be included in collections this year featuring cyberpunk legends such as Cory Doctorow, Walter Jon Williams, and Dr. Rudy Rucker. The book revolves around themes of government surveillance, human freedom, and the destruction that is sometimes necessary for creation to take place.
The writing's tone takes a departure from the typical gritty, noir cyberpunk tone in favor of a more sensitive approach that some people will label hopepunk for its optimism. Take a look at the excerpt at the bottom of the page and this spoiler-free overview.
"What we call tradition is a blindspot to the diversity of opinion that dominated yesteryear."
What if the world knew your deepest secrets? What if the government had a monopoly on your thoughts? In the City of Catonis, everything you think is written across giant screens for public scrutiny, and revolution can only be cloaked with meditation. Things are the opposite in the Hollow Forest, where people are executed for writing, and ink is rationed for only the tribal council’s use. When the love of her life is killed, Kitaba Mahahara must leave her village and launch a cultural war for human freedom, but she’ll need help.
Cybermonks, hactivists, and tech gurus will unite as tradition runs face to face with the oppression that passes for progress. Two civilizations, one without self-expression, and one forced to reveal everything, will pave a new way for humanity, if they don’t destroy it first.