Update. I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been waiting for something definite to write. So, here is the current status of the project
Synopsis (of Book One, Hovergirl)
It is the far future. Humanity continues, scattered amongst the stars and the rubble of earlier civilisations, and, as always, its own worst enemy.
On the giant space habitat of Tarkron-B, one of many such habs in the theocratic-totalitarian Kalasteran Empire, 15-year-old hoverboard girl Freedai Moda shares a cramped apartment with her mother Racha and Racha’s petty crim boyfriend Wade. Her home, school, and social life is taken up with hanging out with her gang of friends or “sibs”, obsessing over the “bafest” boys, and dreaming of a spacefaring life among the stars.
All the while, Tarkron B’s environmentals are failing as the systems struggle to cope with the constant increase in thermal pollution, infestation by genetically engineered alien monsters, and a regime that, for all its big brother qualities, is struggling to cope with increasing social tensions.
When Freedai befriends a bullied reffie girl, she soon finds herself in a schoolyard war against the Shora Gang and their minions.
Humanity endures, scattered amongst the stars and the rubble of earlier civilisations, and, as always, its own worst enemy.
Humanity is divided into the following broad categories (there are also alien races):
- Habitat dwellers – who live in huge, rotating, O’Neill Cylinders in which conditions are closest to those of Old Earth. They represent the bulk of humanity. Each habitat is a distinct polity, with its own laws and regulations, although some may be autonomous and others part of a larger empire such as Kalastera, Teviots, Salharb, or Asmari
- Planetsiders – who live on terraformed planets, where environmental conditions, gravity, atmospheric pressure, length of day or year, etc may differ greatly, and in which travel offworld is the province only of the wealthy elite
- Homesteaders – who live in small, isolated, fiercely independent communities on asteroids, comets, or Kupier or Oort bodies, often genetically modified for microgravity and other conditions. Politically they are the protectorates of the larger nearby Hab or Empire, although for all intents and purposes they are independent, and more closely aligned to other honmesteaders than to the habdwellers.
- Shipsiders – who spend their whole lives, indeed whole generations, on ships, moving from star system to star system
- Monsterdwellers – who live as squatters or opportunists in huge alien structures, whether abandoned or still inhabited. Hugely genetically modified, they may still trade with the outside universe
Civilisations are built on the rubble of earlier civilisations, spaceships are often grimy and old and look like the Sulaco, or else they’re alien bioships, most sentients are slaves, the regime can barely keep the peace, human alien sex is forbidden by the Church, the psychophanics of FTL means every hyperjump has a chance of driving you insane, and the fabric of space-time is falling apart due to paradox pollution. The protagonists however hear of a crazy scheme to repair creation; this is what distinguishes the Alcioneverse as Hopepunk from standard Grimdark.
The series follows a group of young people as they come of age and try to succeed in a grim-dark universe where FTL travel and other advanced tech is slowly causing the fabric of spacetime to unravel, while self-proclaimed messiahs and chosen ones run scams based on their claim to find the magic artifact that will restore creation.
Think a YA version of Bladerunner meets WH40k.
Book 1: Hoverboard girl Freedai Moda, the head of the Sibs, who lives with her mother and her mother’s petty crim boyfriend, and imagines a life of adventure among the stars. (This will incorporate some of the material previously intended for Madverts)
Book 2: Ardie the high school hustler, struggling to support his dysfunctional family with various schemes and scams. Circumstances bring him and Freedai together (they’re at the same school), and soon one drama leads to another.
Book 3: Dione, a shy daydreamer with none of Freedai’s feistiness or Ardie’s quick wit, but is befriended by them at Spacer University, where they are all training to be apprentice journeyman for the mighty Bechtor-Verrol Corporation
(more to be introduced later)
Work in progress:
I’m hoping to get Hovergirl (Book 1 of the Alcioneverse) ready and published on Amazon by end of November. Whether I will is another matter.