Sunday, July 10, 2016

SFRB Blog Hop 2016: Other Worlds



A World of the Far Future

Welcome to Pavitra City
Nuestra Year 4567



When I sat down to write a story about a man who finds himself in the far future, I imagined a world where everything was shiny and beautiful on the surface. The people would be happy, the city peaceful and clean. Everything needed was provided, and the citizens dwelled in unparalleled utopia. But, while this city was perfect on the outside, it would be crumbling away to nothing beneath its beautiful surface.

Enter Pavitra City. The world has been devastated by war that left the survivors lost, lonely, and afraid. The Planetary Council convened, erasing all borders and previous governments. It created great cities for its survivors to make their new homes, rebuilding the civilization that had begun to die out. Everything was automated, convenient, and easy. The people could finally relax, and begin to heal.


One thousand years after the creation of the Council, our hero, Dr. Rand Hazen, finds himself in Pavitra City, a traveller from 2018 in the distant year 4567. The city is still beautiful, but something terrible has happened to its people. Depression became disinterest, and then apathy. Humanity has become nothing more than docile, wide-eyed cattle. They are fed, clothed, and validated by the city, and the city is dying. What will happen to the inhabitants of Pavitra when the energy resources are finally gone?

What energy powers this perfect, gleaming city? Fossil fuels are long gone, and wind, solar and hydro-electricity could not be sustained. So how is Pavitra maintained? Funnily enough, the main power source of the city is PIZEOELECTRICITY. (The power created through kinetic movement.) The more the citizens moved, the more power could be stored in the great chambers beneath the city. But now the citizens don't bother walking. Only the continuously moving Drogher (taxi system) maintains the tiny bit of power Pavitra has left.

So, readers, it seems our intrepid Dr. Hazen will have a lot of discovery, and a lot of work, to do in Pavitra City. Want to know more? REDSHIFT will be published in December, 2016!

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15 comments:

  1. This sounds really intriguing... can't wait to read it!

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  2. I do like the sound of this title... Hmm I'll have to add you to my author alerts!

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  3. I wonder if Dr Hazen will be able to fix the problems of the future?

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  4. Well, you've caught my attention with that description for Redshift. Looking forward to it! :)

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  5. Interesting idea that the people would power the city.

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  6. I'm intrigued! I love the idea of kinetic power, too.

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  7. Kinetic power sounds like lots of fun! I have mental images of a spinning class as a power plant.

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  8. Pavitra sounds fascinating!

    Cheers,
    t.

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  9. That is such an intriguing concept! I love it!

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  10. Oh, wow, I love this concept! The city powered by movement and the people are so apathetic they don't really move so much. How interesting! And who will Rand run into as a love interest in a world like this? Can't wait until December!

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    1. Funnily enough this is primarily a love story. Rand came to 4567 following his lover who was swallowed up by a black hole in 2018. She ends up outside the city with her intrepid companion, a boy named PAL.

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    2. Funnily enough this is primarily a love story. Rand came to 4567 following his lover who was swallowed up by a black hole in 2018. She ends up outside the city with her intrepid companion, a boy named PAL.

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  11. I love this idea! Have you read The City And The Stars by Arthur C. Clarke? That's also about a city that had grown stagnant by being too much of a utopia. One of my all-time favorite classic scifi novels. I definitely want to read REDSHIFT!

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