Title Talk: Where did “The Rude Eye of Rebellion” come from?

First, a big “thank you!” to Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal for inviting J.R.H. Lawless to her blog to discuss his “Favorite Bit” from his new sci-fi comedy THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION!

Amid talk of etymology and footnotes, J.R.H. took a moment to discuss where he discovered the evocative and alliterate phrase that became the book’s title:

ALWAYS GREENER and RUDE EYE are based around a future reality show where contestants from around the world broadcast 24/7 through ocular implants to try to prove they have the world’s worst life and are the 2070s’ biggest victim. By the grace of public domain, I was able to purloin a fitting Shakespeare expression from “The Life and Death of King John” which I absolutely love and am surprised has not seen any use in modern times.

THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION an especially apt title for the novel, not just because it links the ocular lens technology and the rebellion against the corporate world-state status quo which both drive the story, but also because of where the expression appears in “King John”: on the battlefield, where a relatively minor character, the French Count Melun, uses his dying words to warn the English rebel lords against treason, and thereby sways the course of the entire invasion of England. The idea that a single person in the right place, at the right time, can change the course of history is the heart of the entire General Buzz series.

It’s an awesome turn of phrase that’s even more fitting in context!

Go check out the full article right here.

RUDE EYE is available as of right now in ebook and a special hard cover edition… and if you buy it in hard cover, you get a free personalized gift from the author!

Prefer an ebook? That’s cool, too, but no gift for you! (Other than, you know, the gift of laughter, and really, what better gift could there be?)

What’s that you say? You haven’t read ALWAYS GREENER yet?

Well, you can understand and enjoy RUDE EYE perfectly well without having read the first book first… but still, you might as well start at the beginning (especially while it’s only $0.99 for a limited time!):


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