OK, so this title is a little misleading. Until my new series is under contract, I don’t really want to be too specific, but I thought I’d follow up on my earlier post, “A New Start,” with a brief update on where things are and with some further thoughts about the new series and why I’m eager to forge ahead.
First of all, the update. Proposals are starting to go out from my agent to various publishers, so those of you who are hopeful that more books will be coming from me, this would be a good time to pray that my new series finds a home. While being published and having an agent both help when looking for a publisher, there are no guarantees and I don’t want to presume that getting a contract will be “automatic.”
Now, as for my excitement, there are a few things I want to say. One I mentioned already in the post referenced above, namely, the sheer scale of the world I’m developing. Since I’m going global rather than continental, I’m even a little overwelmed at the magnitude of it all. The southern hemisphere of my world is beginning to take better shape, because the story starts on a continent there, but above the equator – which has a special name & function in this world – lie many lands that remain somewhat shadowy in my imagination. Still, I am excited to discover and fully explore them as the later books take more definite shape.
Also, perhaps the most exciting thing about this new series, is the promising blend of fantasy and science fiction. In my mind, fantasy revolves mostly around stories displaced in time that use “magic” or powers like magic to do things not ordinarily possible in reality. Science fiction, however, refers more to stories displaced in space, using technology to do things not ordinarily possible in reality. Often, both types of story are really commentaries on the real world, just in imaginative ways.
As I was developing my story, I kept thinking about blending these conceptions. Why couldn’t a world displaced in time with “magical” or “fantastic” elements also have its own technology continuum? Do all fantasy stories need to have medieval castles, oil lamps, scrolls & parchment and so on? (Obviously not, as many fantasy stories don’t, but hopefully you get my point even if its a bit exaggerated.) So, I set out to build a world with an alternative technological basis that could approximate some aspects of a more modern world, even if fantastical powers were being also wielded and fantastical creatures were roaming the land and sea.
I think what I came up with – with the much appreciated help of some of my friends and confidants – will prove interesting to fans of both genres. It probably isn’t cool of me to say I think the idea is really cool, but I can’t help it – I think its really cool. That’s a big reason why I’m excited to write this new series, and as I hope to knock out most of the rest of the first book this summer, if not the rest of it, I can’t wait for my summer break to get going.
Another reason why I’m excited, is that the thematic center of this series is different than that of BOTB. That series was about restoration – a world approaching the time when some things that were broken will be remade, and some things that never should have been made will be destroyed. This series revolves around a different central concept, though I’ll be vague about it here. It is perhaps a less pleasant central theme, but I think it nonetheless a true and relevant one, and I’m excited to explore it. I hope that this series, like the previous one, will be both a fully actualized alternative reality that is an exciting place in which to tarry while you read the books, but I also hope it offers insight into who we are as a people & a culture as well as who we should be.