Sunday, September 11, 2011

Post Apocalyptic Fiction Project - Part 3

In part 1 of this blog series I wrote, “Although many post apocalyptic (PA) stories have already been written, mine offers a fresh perspective that I hope readers will enjoy.” This begs the question, how is this project different?

Almost all PA novels begin by dropping the reader into a dystopian future world sometime after a cataclysmic event has already occurred. We read of characters engaged in a frantic struggle to survive and rebuild civilization. Although this formula works well, I decided to explore a different aspect of human nature. To me, an intriguing facet in the study of humanity involves how normally decent people react to sudden catastrophe. As a result, I spend a fair amount of time developing characters during prosperous times. Readers get to know them well, develop feelings about them, cheer for them, and in some cases boo them.

Faced with dwindling supplies of food and basic necessities of life, do normally generous characters maintain their magnanimity? Does friendly extroversion fade to paranoia and mistrust? On the other hand, is it true that people don’t really change at their core? My mission is to not only provide readers with an entertaining story, but also by following these fictional characters through upheaval, maybe provide a better insight into what it means to be human.

Earthburst, a post-apocalyptic saga by Dennis Royer - coming spring 2012.