Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:01
"The Abyssal Void War" Series
The Abyssal Void War is set in an alternative time line about eight hundred years ahead of us at a time when mankind has spread out to the local stars. At this point in time mankind occupies a roughly spherical region of about one hundred light years radius centring from Earth. The generally accepted name for this region of space is The Extent.
True faster than light travel has yet to be achieved and travel between the stars is achieved by means of a series of hyperspace gates that connect in a fixed network across The Extent.
The Extent contains some three hundred colonised planets across about two hundred systems and these are divided between various nations and tensions are extremely high. War has broken out across between the Geist and the Pax Ereban nations and surrounding nations, including Saxonia, have become involved. Although involved in supplying weaponry and covert intelligence to Saxonia the United Colonial Systems have yet to become directly involved and, although there are conflicts around an area of space known as The Abyssal Void full scale war has not yet broken out.
At the time the story begins the UCS government is heavily involved in negotiation with one of the most powerful nations in The Abyssal Void arena, The Akatsu.
The Abyssal Void War series is currently envisaged as three books the status of which are as follows:
J. C. Rocks (aspiring author: "The Abyssal Void War" series)
Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:56
I've written the first draft of my [wannabe] masterpiece which is shaping up to be around sixty thousand words, one hundred and fifty A4/Letter pages (line and a half spaced that equates to around two hundred and thirty pages paperback). That's eight fairly chunky chapters including The Prologue.
The book is called "Stars, Hide Your Fires" and it is the first book of what I am calling, "The Abyssal Void War" series. Without giving too much away I view the series as a future alternate history. BY that I mean it is set about eight hundred years in the future where humanity has spread out to colonise the stars in a group of systems they refer to as "The Extent". In the most generic sense the "universe" is human only and all of the life on the planets is seeded from Terran/Earth stock. I have tried to keep the physics in this "universe" as real as possible currently only allowing one main technology deviation from that, a plot device designed to allow my characters to travel between locations several light years distant from each other.
The book itself falls fairly clearly into a sub-genre called Military Science Fiction but, as I imply above, it's slightly different from the usual stuff at least as much as in my overall idea.
For those who are interested here is the chapter list:
Between finishing the first draft and moving on to review/correct my writing I realised something just didn't add up in my story and correcting that, even though the correction was fairly simple, had ramifications, huge ramifications. It took me more than six months to deal with that alone.
Since then I have been through several steps in order to make this book the best ever written (I jest of course, I can but aspire to be that good). When I started writing, I had little more than a vague notion that I would try to keep the science, the physics in it "real" but reviewing what I knew changed my mind in many different ways. I had already noted that as I wrote my way towards the last chapter the technologies I was writing about changed, not only from a progressing story's perspective but as I discovered we humans were even cleverer and more advanced than I had previously thought. My corrections involved the research of the various subjects my novel touched on, the writing of extensive background histories and the development of various other materials. I have now completed, inasmuch as anything of this sort is ever complete, this process but it is still true that my background changes on a daily basis although currently it is changing mainly in fine only.
I revisited my locations. Although there was some research involved this was primarily achieved by drawing maps, schematics, plans and profiles that allowed me to better describe the scenes in which my characters appear. Again this is largely complete subject to the proviso expressed above. Of course not wanting to reinvent the wheel much of that material will end up on my website wiki for those of you in any way interested in the universe I have created.
Now I am in the process of creating my final draft which, in broad terms, involves me going through the book chapter by chapter, correcting, expanding and reviewing my material. I am currently at Chapter five of seven (actually six of eight if you include the prologue) and so on. I had been considering adding a ninth chapter and, as I write, I see a very good reason to do so ... that would make the next chapter I review, seven of nine (and if you don't get that you're really not a geek).
Finally, once I have completed the final draft I will have to create the final review copy to send to my editors. I strongly suspect that may be a painful process necessitating as it surely will going through the entire novel once again and ripping from it all that material that doesn't serve to progress the story or bear on the as yet untold stories of books two and three.
By my current estimates I should have the first book completed in about two to three months, so mid to late summer, which roughly speaking boils down to a total of two and a half writing and editing. I freely admit that's a long time but, in my defence, I am also working and don't have a great deal of time to devote to a project that may never really amount to anything regardless of how much I hope otherwise.
For now that's it ... thanks for reading.
J. C Rocks (aspiring author: "The Abyssal Void War" series)