Chapter 5 of The Archaeologists

Chapter 5 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on the website of The New Quarterly. In which we return to Tim, who climbs a tree and meets something strange in the night…

Read chapter 5.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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World IP Day Interview!

World-IP-Day-with-Hal-NiedzvieckiIn honour of world Intellectual Property Day, I was interviewed by Law student John Wu for the IP Osgoode Blog. We talked the law, creative community, technology and why someone would give their novel away….

Check it out here.

The Archaeologists: Chapter 4

Chapter 4 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on the website of SubTerrain Magazine. In which we meet June, who digs under the trees at night and can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her.

Read chapter 4.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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Walrus Talks the Future

I’ll be on Ottawa next week participating in The Walrus Talks The Future.

My talk will be called Present: A Brief History of the Future.

I’ll be joined by, among others, sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer and Frauke Zeller, co-creator of hitchBOT.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, come out to what should be a fantastic evening.

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Chapter 3 of The Archaeologists

Chapter 3 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on Taddle Creek’s website. In which Charlie’s class visits the rest home and Wississauga’s celebrity curmudgeon Rose confuses her for the help.

Read chapter 3.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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The Archaeologists: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on Geist Magazine’s website. In which we meet a young community cable television reporter named Hal.

Read chapter 2.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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The Archaeologists Serialization Begins!

The Archaeologists (ARP Books) is the new novel by writer Hal Niedzviecki. It follows six people from the fictional edge city Wississauga, Ontario whose lives intersect when they become embroiled in a fight over the fate of a riverbed running behind their homes. In an exciting and unprecedented move, all 34 chapters of this tense, mysterious, off kilter and episodic novel will be serialized from April to October 2016. There will be one, or occasionally two, chapters released each week, available for free on the alternating websites of five excellent magazines.

SIGN UP AND WIN! Don’t miss the release of a new chapter!

Sign up for Hal Niedzviecki’s Archaeologists newsletter to be the first to know when a new chapter has been published! Plus, once a month, we will chose someone who has signed up for the newsletter to WIN a subscription to one of the wonderful magazines participating in the serialization or, in month six, the grand prize — signed copies of Niedzviecki’s novels The Archaeologists and The Program, an ARP prize pack and subscriptions to ALL participating magazines! Sign up below or HERE!

Read all the serialized chapters HERE.

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About The Archaeologists

About The Archaeologists

The Archaeologists is the first novel in ten years from the author of the acclaimed novel The Program and the scathing work of social criticisms Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future and The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbours. Harnessing his well known capacity for sharp-tongued commentary and cutting edge fiction, Niedzviecki breaks new ground with this, his third novel and fifth work of fiction.

He tells his simplest story yet, a story that manages to capture the essence of the huge issues facing society today – the environment, consumerism, ennui, repatriation – by harnessing the quotidian passions and desires of people who want nothing more than an ordinary life they can believe in.

Equal parts Desperate Housewives, Camus, and Salinger, Archeologists tells a simple story fraught with dark comedy, wry observations, and complex emotion.

The Plot

When feckless pot dealer Tim finds out that his father, whom he hasn’t seen in a decade, is dying, he panics and bolts back to his childhood home bordering the riverbank in the fictional edge city of Wississauga, Ontario. Ostensibly there to confront his dying father and finally discover what really happened to his mother, who disappeared suddenly when he was a child, Tim finds himself inexplicably drawn to the forest river gully behind his old childhood house. Peering through the trees into the backyard he smokes his dwindling supply and witnesses a woman digging up bones.

When listless June starts having visions directing her to dig up her suburban backyard, she figures she’s got nothing better to do. Her older husband Norm is a dentist busy with his expanding practice, and there’s little else in Wississauga’s collection of malls, roads and box stores to distract her. But what begins as a weird whim quickly takes on the characteristics of obsession. Convinced that she’s discovered the bones of an ancient Native explorer pioneer, June stakes her identity and marriage on getting to the bottom of a secret she believes she’s been chosen to solve.

These two characters, plus four others including Wississauga’s oldest living resident, a cable community news reporter, and a 6th grader who goes by Charlie, pursue their separate but interconnected obsessions, but time is running out: the river gully, once home to the people of the Wississauga nation, is slated for demolition and a new road. Meanwhile, Tim’s almost out of pills and pot, Norm’s starting to wonder what’s going on with his wife, and a cub cable community reporter thinks he’s about to break the first big story of his fledgling career.

Set entirely in the fictional suburb of Wississauga, Archeology is a provocative vision of 21st century life. This is a novel about the end of history, the foundational collective guilt shoring up consumer society, and the yearning for simple feeling in an age of hyper-speed digital communication. The Archaeologists is also a novel about people whose lives intersect as randomly and inevitably as fate. A lonely housewife loses herself in a dream; a young man fleeing his future returns to the site of his childhood past; and a cadaver of bones buried in a backyard poses as either the answer to everything or the portal to a phantasmagoric collective madness.

 

Two New Articles About the Future

Hello all, in celebration of Back to the Future Day/Month/Year, here are two new articles I’ve written about different aspects of the future.

At TruthDig, my thoughts on nostalgia for a future that never existed but we can’t seem to give up. READ IT HERE.

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Meanwhile, over at LitHub.com, I’ve written a piece about how we’re in the 45th year of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

We Embraced the Future and
It Nearly Killed Us

Forty-Five Years Later We’re Still Suffering from Future Shock READ IT HERE.

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