I'm writing a book series about our future. I'd like you to help.
Here’s a test: Name one book of speculative ("science") fiction that provides a positive future for humanity – one that relies on human vision and initiative, not space aliens, impossible technologies or divine intervention. Name just one.
And, if you can’t, you have identified both the need and the market for “Chronicles”.
"Chronicles" is not really "speculative fiction" in the classic sense, but more of a "future model" of a society that is possible for us to create, like "Ecotopia". It is a positive, non-dystopian vision of the future. (Or, more precisely, a vision that acknowledges our current headlong rush into our mega-crises, and offers a possible way out of disaster.)
After 3 years of writing, the first book in the series, "The Chronicles of the Upheavals", is ready for you to read! The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is two-fold:
1. Help me give "Chronicles" the widest possible audience with the best kind of launch -- directly into the crowd!
2. Help me give Books 2 and 3 the best possible start... with adequate research and enough time to write.
Everyone who supports this campaign will receive a copy of "Chronicles" (either digital or print... or both!)
A Very Brief Synopsis of the Series:
It’s the year 2125, and the human world has had its mega-crises. Just about everything that could go wrong, did. Billions of humans perished in the human-caused cataclysms. Despite the Upheavals, humanity made it. From the excess of waste, the shock of dysfunction and the fog of denial, humanity moved into new ways of working with each other and working with the Earth.
We made it… but HOW?
That’s the question that the world’s governing body, the “Culture Council”, sets out to answer from the year 2125. They gather what’s available: 100 years of surviving recordings, transcripts, newspaper clippings, book excerpts, leaflets, advertisements… the Chronicles of the times.
Each chapter of the series tells a story and also reveals a value or challenge that all of humanity faced during the transformation.
(For a complete synopsis (including an "Anti-Synopsis"), click here: Complete Synopsis of "Chronicles".)
(For an explanation of the reasons for writing the series, click here:
The Research for Books 2 & 3...
An early reader in South America asked me why there were no people from other countries in the book. Aren't the "Upheavals" going to hit us all?
Yes... which is why I need to do research in those areas that are going to be the sites for the rest of the book series. I wrote the North American section first, because the Upheavals will hit us hardest. In order to write the other books in the series, I will need to GO to these areas in Europe, Africa and Asia to research the conditions in those locations.
Without that research, I will be forced to rely on the corporate media for my information. (I hope you understand why that would be completely unsatisfactory.)
How the Funds Will Be Used...
Funds generated by this crowdfunding campaign will be applied as follows:
Up to $10,000: funds used for editing, graphic design/layout and marketing.
• Over the $10,000 goal, up to $30,000: funds used to research, draft, write and edit Books Two and Three, including site research.
• $30,000 to $50,000: funds will be used to create and support “Chronicles Communities” (physical and virtual) -- people who want to stay in touch with each other for support, discussion and action.
• Above $50,000: Let’s start creating “Awakening Centers”!
(Of course, as with all things, these levels, time estimates and revenue projections are subject to the challenges of making this series a reality…)
AT ALL LEVELS: All subscribers will receive an invitation to the limited-capacity “tele-launch” event on 21 September. This nationwide tele-event will include a discussion of how the book came about, a “live” reading of key chapters, and interactive discussion afterward.
Risks and challenges
Risk #1: Writer's block!
Risk #2: Time block! (I assume that, with sufficient funding, I will have the time to dedicate to writing Books 2 and 3, along with the research into conditions in Europe, Africa and Asia to make the writings "authentic".)
Risk #2: Books 2 and 3 become more complex than I now envision.
Risk #3: Books 2 and 3 lose their "authenticity". Not true to their times and locales.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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