Monday, December 8, 2008

Civil War 2861 Introduction

In the year 2857 the Council of Planets and its President are about to pass the android article. The only trouble is, androids are the only beings which can mine or safely terraform many of the outer planets and larger asteroids. But, androids have become so sophisticated as to be self-aware or semi-sentient. Many of the inhabited planets of the solar system are threatening to secede from the Council of Planets and form their own government. This Galactic Civil War is about to take place one thousand years after the original American Civil War in 1861.

I have designed this series to be the beginning of its own literary universe. I do not plan on writing a ‘good guy’, ‘bad guy’ SciFi novel, the initial books will be two. One will be titled ‘Civil War 2861: Union’, and the other ‘Civil War 2861: Confederacy’. I want them bound in such a way where they are printed back-to-back and 180 degrees out. As one is read, the other will be upside down. I do it this way so the reader chooses which book to read first. I believe, that if the reader is dictated which book is first, the reader already is predisposed as to a ‘good guy’, ‘bad guy’ situation. What I am striving to create is a universe where the reader can form his/her own opinion as to which side is right or wrong. The only wrong here is war. Both sides are ultimately fighting to save their way of life, or to bring their new beliefs into the forefront of the political climate. As we will see there is humanity on both sides.

I had originally designed a web site to promote this concept. What I envisioned for this site was to make, not only the author accessible, but also to provide a forum for discussion. I wanted to compile some metrics on where readers are from, which book they started with, and why. Who did they think was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and why. I also want to hear readers’ opinions/ideas for future works. An online web game is already in the beginning stages, and I have plans on licensing ‘Civil War 2861’ to the right companies for creating a collectible card game and CD-ROM virtual walk-thrus of some of the ships.

Copyright: 1997 - 2008 Kelley David Cole

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