I’ve begun working on Frontier again, firstly through a collaboration with a young Kenyan artist to produce some concept pieces for the book. It’s really helping to crystallise some of the thoughts but I definitely need to lock down the dates for things a lot more to keep them in my head. Is it 500 years in the future or 200? Erg.
I present, for your amusement, some sample images.
In the not too distant future, due to war and plague and climate disruption, the West is lost. Europe and America have become all but uninhabitable and the radioactive fields in the Middle East and Asia are a constant hazard to any who would go there. This was the final legacy of the Conquest War – a terrible calamity that engulfed the globe and killed billions. Yes, billions.
But, the darkest of the night is just before the dawn and humanity returns and thrives as a result of a host of driven people – a new cradle of humanity in the heart of Africa, relatively untouched by the plagues and radiation, begins with a programme of education, the construction of a new society and the drive to create the future without repeating the mistakes of the past.
In time, this civilisation, Human Unity, reaches the stars and even finds that we are not the only intelligent species in the universe and there were other survivors of the Conquest Wars on Earth.
Human Unity represents a billion voices raised in song, working together and remaking human civilisation in the way it should have been, the way it could have been and the ways it still could be.
What will it be?
Currently my thought is that this will be a coffee-table role playing game. A book that looks good enough to be on the coffee table but also will contain the background and the rules for play. For this task I’ll be recruiting some more people with a flair for layout and design and I’ll likely be looking for some more writers. And then who knows? A kickstarter? A bigger design budget? Selling all I own to create a heap of books that I can build a house out of when they don’t sell? Hmmmmm.