Some of you eagle-eyed fans have already sussed that I’m working on a War of the Worlds sequel with fellow Arizona author John J. Rust. We know each other in real life from our jobs in radio broadcasting. Some of you might ask if a War of the Worlds sequel is legit. Totally, dude! In the United States, books published before 1923 are in the public domain. Other countries have their own copyright laws, and the H. G. Wells copyright is now in the public domain in every country except the European Union. We have to wait until January 2017 for that to happen.
I’m not too worried about spoiling a book published in the 19th century, but the following potty-mouth synopsis for War of the Worlds: Retaliation will spoil the ending of H. G. Wells’ serial and novels. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
When the Martians died, their advanced technology was left on earth. Know any humans that could do something with that tech? Of course you do, that’s been a conspiracy theory ever since Area 51 was declassified. What else do we know about humans? We get really shitty when some asshole aliens come to steal our planet. I mean fuck those guys, right? Let’s reverse engineer that shit and go kick them in the balls. ALL THE WAY TO MARS! Hell yeah, mother truckers. Heh heh, mother truckers. You like how I’m all “mother truckers” there, but had no problem saying “fuck” three sentences ago? Smooth jazz, my man.
So, War of the Worlds: Retaliation is a genre-stomping behemoth. I know the original was an allegory for British colonialism, and all that jive, but War of the Worlds: Retaliation is a sci-fi action/adventure that takes place in the mid 1920s, so it’s even got some alternative history action goin’ down. So I guess it would be retro futuristic sci-fi action/adventure. Sorry, I suck at subgenres.
John and I are both Harry Turtledove fans, and there has been an attempt to keep the characters true to their real-world counterparts. That’s totally part of what Turtledove does. There’s even an appendix that gives the down low on these historical peeps and what they accomplished here on our own blue-green marble.
You picked up what I put down? Yep, the 59,000-word first draft has been done since December 2012. Right now we’re rewritin’ fiends, hammering redbulls and doing some other thing that we’re not really doing, but I guess it’s supposed to sound all HARDCORE in italics and capital letters. We’re exchanging chapters, defending our edits and revisions. There might even be some chokin’ a bitch out. No, not really, we’ll mesh just fine.
Can you tell I’m hella stoked about this project? There’s a plan to have each region have it’s own “earth lettering” on the cover. I can see your blank stare. Here’s the North American region cover. Click on it to view it in its 300dpi 6×9-inch glory.
AmIright? I’m going all-in this weekend to kick off our rewrites. We hope to have the rewrite done by the end of the year, but I’ve got my last semester at Northern Arizona University, so… This book will be published at the latest, in January 2017. Those of you who are members of the HarperCollins forums, can actually read the first draft I’ve posted there. Sound out in the comments. Get as excited as I am.