Steve Tomasula is the author of the image-text novels VAS: An Opera in Flatland and The Book of Portraiture, as well as the novels IN & OZ andTOC: A New-Media Novel, which received the Mary Shelly Award for Excellence in Fiction, and the eLit Best Book of the Year Award. He has contributed short fiction and essays to a wide variety of publications, including Bomb, McSweeney’s, and The Iowa Review. A Howard Fellow, he lives in Chicago and at www.stevetomasula.com, and is on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame.
You’ve never experienced a novel like this. TOC is a multimedia epic about time: the invention of the second, the beating of a heart, the story of humans connecting through time to each other and to the world. An evocative fairy tale with a steampunk heart, TOC is a breath-taking visual novel, an assemblage of text, film, music, photography, the spoken word, animation, and painting. It is the story of a man who digs a hole so deep he can hear the past, a woman who climbs a ladder so high she can see the future, as well as others trapped in the clockless, timeless time of a surgery waiting room: God’s time. Theirs is an imagined history of people who are fixed in the past, those who have no word for the future, and those who live out their days oblivious to both. A new media hybrid, TOC re-imagines what the book is and can be. Produced as a DVD for playback on personal computers (both Macs and PCs), TOC retains the intimate, one-on-one experience that a reader can have with a book as it draws on the power of other art forms to immerse readers in an altogether new multimedia story. Excerpts, pictures, and more information at: www.tocthenovel.com