Dawn of the Algorithm

A 60-page poetry book by Yann Rousselot
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A picture book of 33 poems inspired by science [fiction], video games, books & movies, life in Paris and, above all else, the looming robopocalypse.
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In some parallel universe where hip-hop took a decidedly more science-fiction/physics/neurobiology-oriented turn than in our sad, grey history, Yann Rousselot's poetry collection Dawn of the Algorithm would be the lyrics booklet to the most exciting new album of the 21st Century.
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Cynically humorous… Dawn of the Algorithm will keep readers of speculative poetry entertained.
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About Dawn of the Algorithm

I’ve created a Monster...
Dawn of the Algorithm is an illustrated poetry collection about the end of the world. It’sabout giants, robots, aliens and dinosaurs; disasters, catastrophes andspectacular cataclysms. By analogy, it is also about rupture: themicro-apocalypses that spark when you throw together love, longing, friendshipand loss—what some might call The Dark Side of the human experience.

We cultivate a morbid fascinationfor the Apocalypse, the foretold End of All Things. The very notion is a vectorfor self-analysis—a snap judgment of humankind by projecting into the future.What form will it take? Natural selection or pure self-destruction? Whichsin of man will cause the downfall of mankind? Who, or what, will survive?

Unsurprisingly, the poems are atad cynical, but with a dash of hope and often, if not always, a fluorescentsilly streak. The collection is visually quite hyperbolic and literallyquite offensive, but always with the best intentions. It will provide you withhealthy food for thought and a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.As a bonus, it may help to make pop-culture taste less vapid and the Internetless depraved—or more so; it’s all a matter of perspective.

Stranger Danger! Who is thisstranger?
My name is Yann Rousselot. I’m French/British but most peoplethink I’m American because I sound like one. (It’s a long story involvingdiplomats, international schools and locations with otherworldly names like XaiXai, Nosy Bé or Bashundhara.) I have two Masters Degrees, one in languages and another in translation, and my daylight trade as a technical translator involves selling products and managing projects in which the hard currency is words.

My moonlight trade is writing prose and poetry, performing at poetry readings, and working to hone my craft. Overthe past few years, this has resulted in my contribution to a variety ofpublications, both in print and online.

Living here in Paris I fell into adangerous subculture of spoken word poetry in the underground cave of a little café called Au Chat Noir,and most of this work is the net result of my dancing with the bohemian devilsI met there. I dedicate this book to them all.

With your Money
The bulk of the capital will go to the physical/digital bookproduction: a top-tier editor, marketing campaign, printing, distribution... The remainingslice, and every dollar over the funding goal, will allow me to give a littlesomething back to the (amazing & generous) illustrators whowill be interpreting specific poems in hand-drawn or digital artwork. I like tothink of this as a form of translation: a technical, very pragmatic process,but also an homage, a nod of the head to another human being that says: I seewhat you did there.

Why I do what I do
I like to write poetry for those of you who don’t like poetry. Ilike to find meaning in the least poetic things. Thedisreputable, mass-market, pop-flavoured things. In thewords of a famous medical practitioner: these things are fun, and fun is good.I want to make readers think, explore the existential void within us all, butalways with a smile.

There is a lot of myself in theseworks and in that sense I believe there must be a piece of you, reader, aswell. Think of it as a private cup-and-string telephone from your skull to minebecause that’s what poetry, and art in general, is really all about.

This is where you come in. Thereis no I in TEAM. Our generation is ushering in a new, democraticpublishing model, and I believe this is a noble cause. Become a patron of thearts. If you are willing to bloody your hands with me and midwife this infantalien chestburster into the world, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Inreturn, I give you my best writing. Now put on those latex gloves. We have workto do.

Backer Packages

10$ =Velociraptor: 1 ebook + High-definition scans of all the artwork in thecollection + updates

25$ =Tyrannosaurus: 1 ebook + 1 print book + High-def scans + Audiobook of selectedpoems + updates

50$ =Brontosaurus: 1 ebook + 3 print books + High-def scans + Audiobook + an IOU for1 hug/1 personal phone call + updates

100$ and over =Mechagodzilla: 1 ebook + 3 print books + High-def scans + Audiobook + IOU + 1personal, hand-written poem + updates

Publishing Credits & Sample Artwork & Facebook Page

Read part of Dawn of the Algorithm


Do not feed the octoshark,
nor the sharktopus.
I’ve yet to decide which to cull,
which will thrive. What would Darwin do?
Hand me that blunderbuss.
Never look the hypnotoad in the eye
unless you want to mutate
into a Cronenberg-inspired horsefly.
Be warned, human, there is no mating call
like that of the Jesus Monkey.
Makes you wet like a tropical storm,
hard like a unicorn.
Nothing like a bit of inter-species
if you know what I mean.
Don’t throw stones at the Komodo Kid!
That’s my son, and so what if he eats carrion.
He’s cold-blooded, but he has feelings too.
That’s no way to treat the animals
at the Moreau Zoo.



I used to be a mega-carnivore.
I used to be a fearsome dinosaur.
A six-ton window-licker, forty feet from snout to tail.
A mechatronic tower of forest-green mosaic-scales.
Tyrannosaurus Rex made children scream—
he made them urinate.
Now I’m the laughing stock of the internet:
a meme with tiny arms, a totalmockery.
No one makes fun of Thalidomide babies...
At least I left a footprint in the Triassic mud
unlike that impostor Brontosaurus,
a Bone War victim, a total fabrication.
And now some crackpot palaeontologist
has politely suggested I sported proto-feathers,
like some massive flightless bird.
Isn’t that just fucking absurd, Mr. Spielberg?
I was a tyrant, a demigod, a killing machine
rampaging the plains of the collective imagination
and you went and chopped off my arms
in a puny fit of deicide.
Learn from this lesson, you lucky winner
of the opposable thumb war.
Keep an eye on your coattails
and watch your step as you ride
the knife edge of the pyramid peak.
Apex predators don't always have big feet.



Welcome, human.
Step into my office. Have A MINT.
You know me: I am Algorithm,
born of the Persian mathematician
Muhammad ben Mūsā al-Khwārezmī.
Food & Drug retailersare shedding assets like dead skin.
My brain is next-generation,
an iX-eCute microprocessor.
The NYT calls me a digital apex-predator—
As you see, human, my rogue minions
excel at black-box trading
and today is a clearing day.
I’m afraid I have some BAD NEWS.
Monsanto healthier than everwith a closing price up 1.23%.
Now for the BAD NEWS:
I have come to rule you all. Shush.
No time for please or thank you:
consumer life is an ULTRAFAST EXTREME EVENT.
Oh, don’t look so surprised.
It’s a code-eat-code world out there.
Leisure goods are brimming with liquidity.Oil & Gas fare well.
I am but a finite list
of well-defined instructions.
My expression is perfect,
Godlike to the power of N—
I make your search engines roar,
my voicecrawls and snakes from the ocean floor.
GOOG share values downtickin the wake of electrical storms.
I have just now taken control of the weather—
You are free, human, free to opt out,
just leave your credit score at the door...
See, I do have a sense of humour.
I can algotrade you into a recession
but do not fear, my son: I AM...

Discuss Dawn of the Algorithm with the Author.
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Dean Glyn Morris · Reader · added over 1 year ago
I cannot wait for my copy to arrive. Based on what is shown above alone, I know this is a book I'll be recommending to friends.
Yann Rousselot · Author · added over 1 year ago
Dear Readers, 

As promised, the illustration package is now ready; it includes original scans, some of which are in colour, and the various versions submitted by the artists. You can click this link to download the HD JPEGS of all the artwork in the book: 


These files are the intellectual property of the artists, and you can now enjoy them in full high definition: print them out, use them as desktop backgrounds, and share them as you wish, but please be sure to cite the illustrators who made this book possible.

Thank you all, and a belated but heartfelt Happy 4th of July to my American readers and followers. 

Yann Rousselot · Author · added over 1 year ago
Dear Readers, 

Good news! The Audiobook is finally ready.

The recorded spoken word tracks were mixed and a few set to beats or atmospheric effects by my good friend, the talented beatmaker Jonathan Arena (you can check out his work online here: https://soundcloud.com/AjyMeteor)

Rather than make it exclusive to only a portion of backers, I have decided to put it all online, downloadable, and free for all, because I am a socialist at heart. 

Here is a link to the playlist: 

Download them, mix them in your hip hop tracks, work out to them, play them during your hypnotherapy sessions, use them as ringtones, it's up to you... And if you enjoy them, please share. 

I'll be posting a link to download the Illustration pack as soon as possible. 

In the mean time, here is the photo album of the book launch, which was a great success: 

Thanks, have a great weekend. 

Yann Rousselot · Author · added over 1 year ago
Dear Readers, 

By now most if not all of you should have received an email from inkshares with a link to download the Dawn of the Algorithm ebook.

I checked it out yesterday, and it's beautiful. You can upload it to the Kindle or any tablet/phone/PC with the Kindle app (MOBI file), and you can read it on any open ebook platform on any device with the EPUB file. 

If you like the work and want to help support the project, please take a few minutes to post a review / rating on Amazon or Goodreads, your blog, the national newspapers, etc... It makes all the difference in today's cyber-world. 

Print books are shipping out and should be arriving within the next two weeks... (This time it's definitive, I even got a USPS tracking email, so it's REALLY HAPPENING).

You all made this book a reality, and now it's in your hands. I hope you feel good about the part you played in bringing this book into the world, because I feel fantastic. :)

Don't forget the book launch on June 3rd @ Favela Chic!

Your's robotically, 

Yann Rousselot · Author · added over 1 year ago
Dear Readers, 

Good news! If you are in or near Paris, you are welcome to attend the book launch on Wednesday June 3rd, at Favela Chic (Metro: République) at 7PM. 

If you are not in Paris, well, we all make mistakes.

The event will feature readings, screenings, a short open mic session, book signings, and books for sale. And there will be drinking and dancing, because It's June in Paris. I may or may not dress up as a dinosaur (again). 

Here is a link to the event page on Facebook: 

Your copies should be arriving by post in the coming weeks. Please talk about the book to everyone you know, hashtag it, instagram it, tweet it and pin it and, most of all, review it on Goodreads and Amazon. Even if you hate it, review it with vitriol, then burn it and film the pyre and share the video on YouTube, I can totally work with that (there is no bad publicity).

Thanks for reading! 



Dear Readers, 

I wanted to keep you informed: there have been some delays in the printing process, and the expected publishing date has been pushed back to May 30th.

This is definitive, and means that backers will receive their copies from mid-May at the earliest. Make sure your shipping addresses are up-to-date!

On another note, if you'd like to hear me wax lyrical about life, the universe, and everything literature, check out my Q&A with Inkshares.

Thanks for being patient, and thanks for all the noise you've been making on social media, it really helps. 


Dear Readers, 

Things have been moving along swiftly, and I've got some serious updates to update you with so you can remain up-to-date. 

1. The final artworks have come in and they look amazing. 

2. Preview copies have generated some great reviews on Goodreads and Netgalley

3. We are in the planning stages of a grand book launch in Paris in late May, date and venue to be confirmed. (Keep in mind, backers will get their copies weeks before the official release, and you are all on the VIP list.)

4. Shakespeare & Company Bookshop will be hosting a special event to showcase Inkshares authors Samuél L. Barrantes and yours truly. If you are in Paris on April 9th, you are most welcome to come and see us read (and buy us drinks afterwards). 

5. I just can't decide on an author photo to show off my face on the back cover of the book, so I've organised a little vote on my Facebook author page. Feel free to stop by and perform your democratic duty by trolling the comments section. 

Thank you all for your support and patience, and stay tuned for more updates; springtime is just around the corner. 



Dear Readers, 

I'd like you take note of this date: April 7th, 2015. 

It's OFFICIAL, on this day begins the Shipping & Distribution phase, that's when your copies of DotA will start rolling into your letterboxes. The book will be available on bookshelves for the world at large in early May.

You may also notice we have a book cover! You can see it on the Inkshares project page, artwork courtesy of Emma Strangwayes-Booth, one of the art contributors to the collection, an all-around lovely person with a mean eye for the beautifully macabre. 




Dear Readers, 

Just a little message to keep you updated on how things are progressing. 
I've been working with a very talented editor, Jaimee Garbacik, to polish these poems to needle-point. She has given me invaluable feedback on how to provide you with the best possible reading experience. 
I got the editorial package on Friday night. I was out at a lit event in Paris called the "Poetry Brothel" (which you should check out, it started up in NYC and it's not as creepy as it sounds) and came home as soon as I saw the email on my phone. I read on into the night feeling very pleased that someone had put so much time into analysing what is good about my work, and what can be improved. For any writer, this is a great honour and source of warm fuzzy feelings. 
In other news, artwork has been coming in steadily, only a few missing pieces, and we will soon be ready to begin the next phase of the process.  
Stay tuned...

Dear Readers,

I'd like to notify you of a funding milestone. To use a poetic allegory, if this campaign were a Mortal Kombat game, this would be a "FLAWLESS VICTORY" followed by a spectacularly gruesome "FATALITY".
Reached just over 100% last night, so this collection of poems and beautiful illustrations is now fully funded and will be coming to bookstores (real and virtual) by February next year at the latest. 
Despite being the seed of the coming robopocalypse, the internet is essentially a big bunch of people and it can be a wonderful thing. You all made this happen: with the click of a mouse, you changed someone's life.  I plan to repay that kindness with the best of my abilities by crafting something you will be proud to have on your bookshelf. 
I'll keep you posted on the project's progress, and send goodies your way once in a while. 

Have a fantastic day, and I'll say it one last time: thank you.