Dawn of the Algorithm

A 60-page poetry book
A picture book of 32 poems inspired by science [fiction], video games, books & movies, life in Paris and, above all else, the looming robopocalypse.
Yann is a poet who writes for geeks, rave-children and existentialists. He lives in Paris and has been published in print and online.
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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...

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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's about giants, robots, aliens and dinosaurs; disasters, catastrophes and spectacular cataclysms. By analogy, it is also about rupture: the micro-apocalypses that spark when you throw together love, longing, friendship and loss—what some might call The Dark Side of the human experience.

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

Unsurprisingly, the poems are a tad cynical, but with a dash of hope and often, if not always, a fluorescent silly streak. The collection is visually quite hyperbolic and literally quite offensive, but always with the best intentions. It will provide you with healthy 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 Internet less depraved—or more so; it's all a matter of perspective.

Stranger Danger! Who is this stranger?
My name is Yann Rousselot. I’m French/British but most people think I’m American because I sound like one. (It’s a long story involving diplomats, international schools and locations with otherworldly names like Xai Xai, 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. Over the past few years, this has resulted in my contribution to a variety of publications, both in print and online.

Living here in Paris I fell into a dangerous 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 devils I met there. I dedicate this book to them all.

With your Money
The bulk of the capital will go to the physical/digital book production: a top-tier editor, marketing campaign, printing, distribution... The remaining slice, and every dollar over the funding goal, will allow me to give a little something back to the (amazing & generous) illustrators who will be interpreting specific poems in hand-drawn or digital artwork. I like to think 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 see what you did there.

Why I do what I do
I like to write poetry for those of you who don't like poetry. I like to find meaning in the least poetic things. The disreputable, mass-market, pop-flavoured things. In the words 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, but always with a smile.

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

This is where you come in. There is no I in TEAM. Our generation is ushering in a new, democratic publishing model, and I believe this is a noble cause. Become a patron of the arts. If you are willing to bloody your hands with me and midwife this infant alien chestburster into the world, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In return, I give you my best writing. Now put on those latex gloves. We have work to do.

Backer Packages

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

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

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

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

Publishing Credits & Sample Artwork & Facebook Page

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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.


Dear readers,

If you'd like to see a little video of my special guest spot at the Paris Lit Up open mic, here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NlnTZ-Ao1c

"Blink Twice for No" is a poem but could also be considered a will and testament. (Just in case.)


Dear readers, 

If you are in Paris next Monday 29th of September, I will be the featured reader at Spoken Word Paris, in the café where it all began: Au Chat Noir at number 76 Rue Jean-Pierre Thimbaud, Metro Parmentier. I'll be reading selected poems from Dawn of the Algorithm, and there will be a surprise. (No spoilers...)

We have 3 weeks left to meet the funding target, 59% as of yesterday. I'm celebrating my birthday on the 16th, the last day of the Inkshares campaign, and I can think of no better gift than to see this book in print, in your hands. 


Dear Readers,

Summer is officially over. A minute of silence please... 
Ok, back to business.
DotA is making progress, the funding is now at 38%, but there is still a long way to go. I have created a dedicated Facebook page to share information and updates alongside this stream: https://www.facebook.com/dawnofthealgorithm
This is a public page that you can share with anyone, unrestricted by privacy settings, and hopefully will draw new readers to the project. 

Thanks for your ongoing support, and I wish you all a painless rentrée. 


Dear Readers, 

3 weeks in and already 27%... I was always hopeful, but did not expect this kind of support (poets are known pessimists). You all came through for me and I want you to know I'm working to make this book the best it can be. You won't be disappointed.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the following additional perks will be provided according to your investment package. 

-Tyrannosaurus: High-definition scans of all the artwork in the collection
-Brontosaurus: High-def scans + an IOU for one hug/one personal phone call to sing your praise if you are not within arm's reach
-Mechagodzilla (+100$): High-def scans + IOU + one hand-written poem just for you, on any topic of your choice (and I do mean anything)

Thank you all, you are the cat's pyjamas.


3e76a9794a7502237a6cf2ec2e35e748 Yann Rousselot · added 9 months ago
Hey Team, 

I just wanted to let you know I uploaded a spoken word video to the inkshares page, if you want to hear my voice and see my face. It was done in the classical style of the Anime Music Video (first time for everything). The poem is an homage to, and perhaps a reading into the prophesy of, the film and manga Akira. 

The full text poem is linked in the video description. 

I hope you enjoy it, and if you can share the video you will get bonus karma points which you can cash in later in life.

Thanks for watching/reading/being the amazing art patrons that you are.

3e76a9794a7502237a6cf2ec2e35e748 Yann Rousselot · added 9 months ago
Thank you to my five first backers! And to visitors, welcome, if you have any questions, complaints, suggestions or invitations to secret warehouse parties, let me know.