When I sat down at the beginning of the month to think about what I was going to write in November, I had a vague idea of several projects that I was going to embark on. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, things have oscillated widely as my opinion has changed about them. But as we’re only a week and a few days away, I should probably settle down on what projects I’m actually going to pursue. And I think I’ve finally got it. So, the lineup for November 2009:
This is How it Ends (600k): A trilogy spanning at least a thousand years with all of its interrelated plotlines. Earth gets hit by a meteor (I think), and so a few thousand, from the 4 major blocs in the future-Earth depart to look for an Earth-like planet to resettle humanity. They find one, but discover that there are two sentient species on it, squid-aliens and humanoid aliens. They make a treaty with the squid-aliens, but slaughter the humanoid ones because they take up too much land. A thousand (or so) years later, the descendants of the first humans are engaged in an all-out war with the squid-aliens, and both species end up destroying each other out of nothing more than sheer hatred. Meanwhile back on Earth, not all of humanity was wiped out, but inbreeding and disease has whittled down the population to almost nothing, and one tribe/group sends out a healthy young man to go and find the repository where hundreds of embryos have been stored, in order to restart humanity. But, as it turns out, they can’t reproduce successfully, meaning humanity can’t survive. Everyone dies. Everything ends.
Just a Glimpse (300k): A dystopian massive novel. It has many (15) viewpoints, and illustrates a society that is on the brink of collapse. It is a highly stratified society, but one that cannot exist for too long, because the ones on top do not want to work and the ones on the bottom can hardly work at all. It is a society controlled by three things: religion, drugs, and television and ruled by a leader that cannot control his family, let alone a whole country. This story doesn’t have a lot of plot and the plot is going to come as I write; here I simply have a fairly developed society and a lot of characters, and I’m just going to go with the flow. It’s “just a glimpse” of what a society can become. (I think).
Under the Infinite Skies (50k): A serial killer is hunted by a cop. This is all complicated by the fact that five years ago, when their two countries were separated by a wall at the border, on the last night when they were accessible to each other, the cop and the serial killer slept together. The serial killer thinks that when the cop returns, it means that it was true love; the cop slowly becomes more suspicious as the pseudo-relationship progresses. The reader should understand pretty damn early on what is going on; the drama is going to be in the fact that the cop doesn’t know.
Untitled Alien Story (50k): An alien who was born and raised in Area 51 wants to go and explore the human world. A human goes with him, but cannot (obviously) share what his past is, and so must create a new life for himself (he did not leave entirely with permission, so he cannot have a happily falsified past courtesy of the government). Hijinks ensue as the alien and the human learn how to live in the “normal” world. This one I only came up with last night, so it’s not properly fleshed out yet.
Still loads of work to do, but at least I think I’ve come up with the final lineup. And that’s a start.