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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.
PW2021 Adult #20: THE TRANSLATION OF YOU INTO ME (Near-Future Science Fiction)
Janet Jing Martin
Mentored by:
Clay Harmon
Book Title:
Near-Future Science Fiction
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
brief drug use, violence


When status-conscious engineer Sam invents a technology that enables inhabiting others' bodies, her mission to achieve startup success takes her on a genre-hopping journey through her friends’ lives. She has a handle on everyone’s problems, including her own, until the invention’s evolution and a competing tech mogul’s schemes force her to decide whether her long-sought success and self-worth outweigh the danger of changing what it means to be human. SENSE8’s character-focused body-sharing meets RECURSION’s cerebral technology.



Shooting up cocaine is a valid response to career disappointment.

My tweed overcoat hangs loosely over the shoulder with the “bare” arm. My sleeves are rolled up—cravat, loosened, and waistcoat, unbuttoned.

I tighten the strip of cloth around my bicep.

Smoothly slide the needle in and depress the plunger, without the hesitancy of a respectable software engineer doing this for the first time.

I feel little.

No needle sharpness, just a dull pressing against my arm.

No nausea from the intravenous injection, just the tiniest increase in pressure.

No resulting high.

Nevertheless, I leap up to dart up and down my Victorian gentleman’s flat. Though I can’t feel my heartbeat in my ribcage, pressing my hand flat against my chest allows it to detect faint thuds increasing in frequency.

I seize a violin from its open case and saw away maniacally, beautifully, without having taken one lesson before.

A man with a gray mustache and old-timey suit bursts into the room and exclaims with a British accent, “Holmes! Not again!”

I ignore him, continuing to play. The violin’s crooning notes soar—

DodoDO do do DO DO do do.

The blaring artificial ringtone comes with a two-dimensional picture of a reserved American man in glasses plastered across my vision. When I turn my head, it follows me, like a floating sentient poster.

3 responses to “PW2021 Adult #20: THE TRANSLATION OF YOU INTO ME (Near-Future Science Fiction)”

  1. Maggie Cooper says:

    Janet: You had me from “genre-hopping”! I would love to read this project, and I’d be so pleased if you sent your query letter and manuscript to me via email—mcooper@aevitascreative.com.

  2. Sarah N. Fisk says:

    Sounds fascinating!

    Please submit the query, synopsis and first three chapters here: https://querymanager.com/query/sarahnfisk/PitchWars

    If multiple agents at Tobias request your materials, please submit to the one you think would be the best fit.

  3. Laura Bradford says:

    You hooked me with Holmes! I’d love to see what inhabiting her friends’ lives looks like…sounds complicated! Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    Laura Bradford

    ***If you receive a request from more than one agent at Bradford Literary Agency, you are welcome to send to all agents who made the request, but just let us know when you send the material***