August 25, 2022

Tim Kaiver

Interview with Curator Omega, Author of Kill Streak, a Scifi LitRPG

Kill Streak by Curator Omega – Out now on Amazon and Audible

Itโ€™s my pleasure to introduce Curator Omega, author of ๐™†๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ , one of the best stories Iโ€™ve read this year!

Seriously guys. Kill Streak reads like fresh sci-fi LitRPG I didnโ€™t realize Iโ€™d love so much. The basic premise is an innocent archeologist gets betrayed and before he dies, discovers an alien and after melding in return for health, wakes up to a game-like reality where you kill to survive. Every chapter improves in ways I didnโ€™t see coming, hooking me from page one and rewarding me with wonder and excitement several times over.

Fษชส€sแด› วซแดœแด‡sแด›ษชแดษด: Wสœแด€แด› แดกแด€s แด›สœแด‡ ษชษดsแด˜ษชส€แด€แด›ษชแดษด ๊œฐแดส€ แด›สœษชs sแด‡ส€ษชแด‡s?

Curator Omega: Iโ€™ve always been fascinated by LitRPG as a genre, but was never great at writing it, given my sci-fi bias. I love to read it, but writing โ€ฆ well, Iโ€™m horrible. I decided to work with my friend to expand the Cutthroat Cosmos, which is a multi-series franchise that covers all sorts of genres and situations. One of my favorite plot devices in thrillers is a ticking clock, so it seemed natural to incorporate that into a series about a mild-mannered guy whoโ€™s forced to become a killer through โ€œexternal means.โ€ It takes a lot from action films, but also newer sci-fi classics like Upgrade. The question of what causes a person to become a killer (and whether itโ€™s justified) was my main fixation.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

CO: The main character, Dak, is infected with an alien parasite thatโ€™s engaged in what it calls โ€œThe Glorious Game.โ€ Nobody really knows what the game is, and itโ€™s speculated that the original makers of the game mightโ€™ve died, so Dak is just left with the parasiteโ€™s instructions: namely, gather enough โ€œKill Pointsโ€ every 22 hours or die. The parasite itself is connected to a data center that assigns a โ€œKill Point valueโ€ to every enemy that Dak faces. So if itโ€™s a tough enemy, higher Kill Points. If thereโ€™s a lot at once, a Kill Point boost in the form of a โ€œSlaughter Event.โ€ It takes a lot from bullet hell-style games where kill streaks and points are the main focus.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ข-๐Ÿ๐ข ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐‹๐ข๐ญ๐‘๐๐† ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ?

CO: Typically, when you see โ€œsci-fi LitRPG,โ€ you get a mental image of endless rows of Amazon pages that are centered around big space fleets and tabletop mechanics. I didnโ€™t want that. Instead, I wanted to use the sci-fi aspect as a neat setting, much like Star Wars or Star Trek use space as a backdrop for weird and interesting tales. When you have a ton of planets, thereโ€™s more room for hijinks and mayhem. I also liked the idea of guns in a LitRPG, which has admittedly been done (and done quite well), but not in a John Wick-style action ride. Guns are so immediately deadly that it heightens the tension!

๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ญ-๐ž๐ฆ-๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

CO: Books two and three take a bit of a turn when it comes to the storytelling. Thereโ€™s still plenty of fighting, but book two has a definite LitRPG flair, in that the character is learning to control his body and mind while also relying on melee weapons. I wonโ€™t say more than that to avoid spoilers, but itโ€™s certainly not all about nonstop guns and explosions. That would get boring!

In Kill Streak, Purifiers are the hosts that the alien empowers, but who also have to kill before their timer runs up. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ซ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐ข๐ž?

CO: Oh, man, I would definitely die at Rank 0 (before even getting any powers). In real life, Iโ€™m far too much of a softie to kill anything, even spiders. Sort of ironic to have written a series all about massacring enemies, I suppose! Then again, I hope most LitRPG authors arenโ€™t out there killing giant animals with swordsโ€ฆ

I loved the narration by Scott Aiello. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค?

CO: Oh, yeah. I wonโ€™t spoil it, but thereโ€™s a part where Dak is aboard an enemy ship and issues a very stern warning to one of the killers whoโ€™s been on his back, trying to rip the parasite out of his head. He did it justice!

Mine is the part where our hero is pretending to be a cultโ€™s new leader and he threatens to curse them to a vegetarian diet. I just choked with laughterโ€ฆ itโ€™s okay. I survived. Thank you for this awesome new book!

A๐ง๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ?

CO: Iโ€™d mostly like to thank you for giving me this spotlight! If anyone reads this series and is interested in the general world, Iโ€™d refer you to Interstellar Gunrunner, which is the series that launched the universe.

Thank you Curator! And definitely check out Interstellar Gunrunner, one of my new favorite series!

Interstellar Gunrunner by James Wolanyk – 99 cents on Amazon, 1 credit on Audible