How far would you go to keep your dreams alive?
On the arid planet of Garadia floats Prominence City, an oasis of abundance and technological marvels. For Keidi and Artenz, life is good. Each day, they work hard to fulfill their role in sustaining Prominence. In return, they share an existence without worry or want, their every need attended to by the ruling corporations, their lives enhanced by a virtual reality accessible with a simple thought.
But when a dear friend of Keidi goes suddenly missing, their idyllic existence begins to crumble. And when they start asking questions—the wrong questions, questions that reveal cracks in Prominence’s perfect image—the powerful corporations of Prominence take notice.
Now, Keidi and Artenz must choose: do they stay in Prominence and risk the wrath of the corporations, or do they take their chances and run for the Lowlands, a bleak and mysterious place hidden beneath Prominence—if it even exists at all.
"S.C. Eston's Deficiency is a highly imaginative work of exceptional craft that quickly draws the reader in with its intricate plot, creative world, and compelling characters."
"Reading this book is your ticket to another world."
Jane Tims, Author
"Interesting book. Great read. The author took a lot of time in crafting the plot, and it shows."
Brooks Kohler, Author
"Interesting, action-packed and more than a little thought-provoking, this piece of science fiction won't disappoint."
Nisha Ward, Reedsy Reader
"The author... lays out some impressive imagery that would fit in Elysium or Bladerunner. Definitely one to check out!"
A.W. Davidson, Author
"Deficiency is a fast-paced novel full of futuristic ideas and protagonists, colourful characters, a great plot and a satisfying ending."
The Miramichi Reader
Deficiency is the second science-fiction project I worked on and the first of significant length. The initial goal was to write a short story for submission to a contest. It had to be under 4,000 words, but that did not quite work out. My first completed draft missed the mark by more than 62,000 words! I have no idea how that happened... The final version is a full length novel of over 100,000 words, in which I explore the dangers of technologies and the greed of unchecked corporations.
Published: December 2, 2020
Started: December 30, 2014
Finished: July 25, 2020