I began planning Second Dawn after returning from holiday in the Spring. I’d spent some of the time raking over an entirely different synopsis, thinking whether I could work with more depth with a much smaller Canvas – the result of reading Major Tom.
The decision was no – I had to continue with the Eco trilogy and there were so many ideas in my head, plus new central characters. The second novel is ‘Second Dawn,’ already 30,000 words and going strong (slight delays caused by heatwave commuting and a medical op!). This time, three ex-‘waste disposal drones’ from City 5 (garbage men) are pitched into the centre of the novel, when socially ungifted Dil Crowne is taken during a raid and vanishes under the sea. Badly wounded, he is taken to a second undersea city. Rax has evolved in a very different direction from City 5, abandoning any attempt to preserve tradition. Instead, Rax is based on the marine ecosystem. The society is egalitarian, the creatures within adapted for an undersea existence. To Rax, the land is a threat.
Dil’s mates Octo and Hath escape from the Rift and seek sanctuary in the dangerous Outlands where they discover an impending war. Centurions, the lawkeepers from City 5 are re-arming with the city’s help, and are planning to invade the Rift for its resources.
And the People of White are finally heading south, cooling the climate as they come. They have decided it’s time to go home, and City 5 contains the secret.
A full synopsis of Second Dawn is available here and from the home page – do read it, suggestions welcome.
I deliberately left a few story stubs I could build out on, and am now spoiled for choice as to what happens next. In Emergence, a monstrous submerged city learns that the surface of the planet is once more safe to inhabit, albeit already inhabited by a relatively peaceful people imbued with magic. It’s a world of mysticism and the opposite of the city’s ruthless efficiency where lifespan is decided at birth, and a class system determines the destiny and purpose of each individual. The city, in short, is a mechanistic society reminiscent of ants, but it’s also crazy. The build up to emergence sees the two societies being pulled apart as they come to terms with having share, and not surprisingly this ends up with head on conflict between the planet and the city. Not wanting to spoil anything for the avid reader, what happens next?
Emergence is just the start of the journey. The planet retains evidence of the original invasion that necessitated creating an undersea ark – crashed Machines, strange devices and ancient memories. There are strange races living in remote places – the People of White, with their worship of the Machines and intolerance of light. The Grey Ones, not remotely human and rarely seen. The people from the city experience disturbing memories when they emerge, as if they too have some connection to the invaders, and Caia Esvane, Dragon Witch and leader of the clans, foolishly mind-touches their queen. There are also social conflicts to resolve – the different castes from the city reacting very differently to their new world, some wanting to learn new ways, others refusing even to leave the city, whilst some want the war to continue.
I’m spoiled for choice! Watch this space….
Been watching the news with interest, thinking how humanity slips into paranoia so easily. I mean, what would really happen if alien life made contact? Close Encounters style touchy feely let’s all be friends style, or 1950’s style Visitor From Space shoot-out? based on our own history of Western Culture meets Original Inhabitants, it ain’t promising. But at least we’ve got a sane, well balanced person running the world’s biggest armory. If THEY are watching, then this isn’t the best time…
When I was looking for illustrations for my novels, I came across Thomas’s work (see https://pixabay.com/en/users/tombud-1908037/) and was pretty excited by the touch points to my writing. Similar obsessions about dragons, UFO’s, haunted ships sailing the stars, vampires – weird, I thought. So I got in contact with this modest and amazing creator and this web site is the result. Thanks, Thomas.
Exciting day tomorrow, as I have a colonoscopy and the same from the other end. I was given a mystery powder to empty myself out in advance, but nothing like the intestinal eruptions suggested by bowel bloggers out there, very disappointing. A colleague at work who had this done recently (yes I do work as well as write) emailed me this encouraging message –
‘When is went in I sat on the bed looking for the little narrow tube I was supposed to swallow. All I could spot was something like a black garden hose. I was pretty shocked when I saw it actually. It was no drama though so was nothing to worry about. The stuff they spray down your throat is what I imagine a liquefied rotten dog tastes like though’
thanks for that, Chris. If you’re wondering what this has to do with SciFi or Horror, try it yourself.