Diary of One Who Disappeared: A Novella

Diary of One Who Disappeared

The year is 2040 and an envoy of the North American Union finds himself a fugitive in the Southeast Asian island-nation of Tinhau.

Lucas Lehrer is tasked with extending the offer of political partnership to Tinhau’s Ministry of Stability. When negotiations break down, he decides to request asylum, and soon encounters an odd series of coincidences in which his deep-seated desires start coming true. Among the backdrop of societal instability and growing nativism, he befriends a young woman who is not what she seems, and who may not be from our universe at all.

Praise for Diary of One Who Disappeared

“A richly-detailed and satisfying story of dissolution and discovery, set in a near-future reality where the question of what makes us human is paramount. Against larger political concerns, a smaller and more searing narrative unfolds, about a man who is lost and found in places that are found and lost. Within the pages of this book are insights on the human heart, serene and devastating in its truth-telling.”
Dean Francis Alfar, Palanca Grand Prize-winning author of Salamanca and The Field Guide to the Roads of Manila

“A fascinating journey of adventure and ideas, capturing many of the political and geopolitical issues of today. Evocative and effective.”
Jeffrey Ford, World Fantasy Award-wining author of Ahab’s Return

“A story of interpersonal and international politics, a haunting exploration of how one defines and redefines oneself, a thriller and a human tale of personal growth. If you are looking for intelligent, thought-provoking speculative fiction, board the airship from the repressive North American Union to cosmopolitan Tinhau. Readers of thoughtful, humane fiction are in for a treat.”
John Kessel, Nebula Award-winning author of The Moon and the Other

“A fantastic tale of the possibility of revolution—both personal and political—inherent in every moment.”
Ken Liu, Hugo Award-winning author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

“A riveting, poignant account of a man’s world falling apart and the new one he creates for himself. As much a dark reflection of our own world today, it’s also a cautionary tale of the possible futures we can yet avoid. Surprising and thought-provoking, Lundberg’s striking milieu and engaging characters will linger with readers long after they turn the last page.”
E.C. Myers, Andre Norton Award-winning author of Fair Coin, Quantum Coin and The Silence of Six

“A striking new way of seeing Singapore, the USA and the emigrant experience in an age of renewed bigotry and environmental disaster.”
Ng Yi-Sheng, Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of Lion City

“A wildly inventive epistolary narrative that’s equal parts 1984, The Twilight Zone, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, and Claremont-era X-Men. Lose yourself in a world where digital technology collides with airships, phlogiston cannons, pirates and tesseracts; and where love or loss may be…just an alternate universe away.”
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Romeo Forbes Award-winning author of The Infinite Library and Other Stories

“Set in a not-so-distant future, this book offers a reflection of our global politics today and provokes questions of what it means to be human. Through diary entries and letters, we witness hope, grief and disappointment amid the persistence and failure of imperialism. We are reminded of the political potentials of speculative fiction, but most of all, Diary of One Who Disappeared is about a journey. It is a story of travel and transformation, a contemplation of encounters and the roads not taken.”
Intan Paramaditha, PEN Translates Award-winning author of Apple and Knife

“Through communiqués, missives and the common email, relationships unfold and splinter within a futuristic world ruled by religiosity and prejudice, mirroring our present-day political climate in terrifying but revelatory ways. Diary of One Who Disappeared also convincingly offers a morality tale about how the ramifications of our actions and thoughts, even our unconscious desires, extend beyond the realm of our known universe.”
Cyril Wong, Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me

“Lundberg’s world-building is constructed from the inside out, ideas wrapped around an underlying architecture of emotion. A smart, engaging voice.”
Charles Yu, celebrated author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

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