The Drowned Earth novellas began as a vague idea of a 'shared world' project back in 2018. After publishing our first anthology of Australian speculative fiction, Beginnings, we thought it would be fun to try something a little different...
First we had some heated discussion about the type of world we wanted to create. Science Fiction? Fantasy? Set after a deadly virus had been released? Exploring other planets?
Possibly inspired by recent environmental crises, we eventually settled on a cli-fi approach to this project.
Once the setting was decided, we then began organising the project in earnest. This involved:
- Inviting authors to send in pitches for novellas set in Australia after the sea levels had risen
- Shortlisting these pitches and inviting shortlisted authors to write and submit their opening pages
- Deciding on the eight best pieces of writing which would allow a range of locations and dates post-rise
The eight selected authors then spent the next few months writing, rewriting and editing their novellas. This was no ordinary project, however, because the novellas were set in a shared world - so the authors also had to communicate with each other to make sure that their details matched up. This was not always an easy feat!
Check out the video for a brief overview of each of the novellas. They are all standalone stories that can be read in any order.
The novellas are set to be released on the following dates in both ebook and paperback formats:
Prequel short story: Shards of Silver by Alanah Andrews (Ebook Only. Free download, available NOW)
Submerged City by Austin P. Sheehan (31.10.19)
Melbourne is under martial law, overseen by general Messinger - an extremist who believes the flood is god's retribution against the left-wing agenda...
Risen by Sue-Ellen Pashley (31.10.19)
The great rise means that resources are scarce and not readily shared. But with her best friend's life at stake, along with some stranded refugees, Katie James knows she must prove there's more to being human than just existing. Even if that puts her on the same kill list.
Fire Over Troubled Water by Nick Marone (31.10.19)
Despite winds, torrential rains, storms, and bushfires, a fresh water merchant searches for his lost daughter among the autonomous island communities of flooded eastern New South Wales.
Tides of War by Marcus Turner (30.11.19)
After discovering a strange man in a row boat, Maria wages war on the lotus cities - clandestine floating communities off the coast of Victoria that are reserved for the wealthy.
The Jindabyne Secret by Jo Hart (31.12.19)
With nothing but a map and a rickety solar truck, Jax journeys to the top secret fresh water facility at Lake Jindabyne - one of the few fresh water lakes left in Australia. What he discovers there could be the key to saving his whole community, as long as the government doesn’t kill him first.
River of Diamonds by S. M. Isaac (31.1.20)
Who would want to leave one of the last idyllic settlements since the rise? Rosa has a map, a mercenary, and a hope to salvage a future for the world.
Salvaged by C.A. Clark (29.2.20)
Cassie lives in the safe haven of academics on the anchored city of new Melbourne. After a diving incident she is rescued by a territorial beach combing gang who trade goods washed up by the frequent storms. Cassie wishes she had never taken her home for granted.
Emoto's Promise by Shel Calopa (31.3.20)
Five hundred years after the flood, can Macie defeat the technology which has enslaved the last remaining humans in the walled city of Darwin?
$1500 - Every order comes with a Drowned Earth bookmark (posted with paperback copies, pdf download for ebook copies)
$2000 - Every paperback comes with a signed bookplate
Risks and challenges
The main risk of this project is the authors not returning their edited stories in time. We have a generous timeline and do not foresee there being any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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