Sunday, July 31, 2011
Space 1889 And Beyond -- Update
We are days, or perhaps only hours, from the official launch of the Space: 1889 And Beyond EBook series from Untreed Reads. Above is the approved final cover of the first book, Journey To The Heart of Luna, by best-selling author Andy Frankham-Allen who, as you probably remember, is also the story editor for the entire six-book series.
This first story takes place on Luna (obviously), but subsequent books cover the rest of Space: 1889's navigable inner solar system, following the same two core characters -- talented British inventor Nathanial Stone and the adventurous young American lady Annabelle Somerset, whom many of you old-timers will remember is the neice of the American inventor Dr. Cyrus Grant. A number of recuring characters -- some helpful, some villainous, and many somewhere in between, will also people the stories, and I predict you will find this series to be a genuine moveable feast of steampunkishness.
Work on my own installment, A Prince of Mars, which constitutes the fifth book in the series, proceeds very well, and I expect to turn in the final manuscript tomorrow (two weeks ahead of deadline -- a genuine first for me!) Being able to write one of the stories has been a real treat, but writing the one story in this first series set on Mars has been spectacularly rewarding. Mars has always been my favorite Space: 1889 world, and this allowed me to revisit the place and add depth to some of the themes only touched on in the original game material. I won't give anything away, except to say that our plucky adventurers are almost entirely ignorant of Mars, but are armed with a trusty and well-thumbed copy of Conklin's Atlas of the Worlds -- and they discover along the way that, as with many travel books, Conklin's is not entirely accurate.