Time to vote!
Remember when I told you all that you would have a major hand in the story? It’s that time. You’ve read the first fifteen chapters, you know the story so far. Who do you think sabotaged the Kerwood? The Miners, written by David Kristoph are Viktor, Jimmy, Siebert, Jessica and others. The Bridge Crew, written by Greg Dragon are Hayes, Femke, Gauge, Bianconi and others. The Engineers, written by Mark Gardner are Jeremy, Adelaide, Erika and others. Sound out in the poll below, and in the comments on any of the chapters. Maybe you can convince other readers to vote your way.
How the story started
I’ve enjoyed the writings of both David Kristoph and Greg Dragon for a while now. Greg’s space opera, the Anstractor series, is great sci-fi. I’ve read books one and two, and two novellas from his universe. I also enjoyed the not-quite-sequel stories, Re-Wired, and Single Wired Female. David is known for his Tales of a Dying Star series (you already know I like to call it TOADS) that is five books as of the beginning of this project. I’ve reviewed both their works here on the blog, so click here to check them out. Also, be sure to follow David and Greg on Twitter. I wanted to do a collaboration with these two, and I was making some reference covers with some art I found online. I’m not sure what triggered the story idea, but I came up with the space disaster idea and invited David and Greg to collaborate.
What it is
Days Until Home is a 21-chapter space disaster web serial. A ship is on an asteroid belt mining mission, and as the mining comes to a close, a disaster disables the ship and kills most of the crew. Each writer will write exclusively from the point of view of their faction, and each will write as if their faction is responsible for the disaster and thwarting the other two factions. None of the authors will know who the “real” villainous faction is, and as each 2k – 4k chapter is posted, around chapter 15, there will be a vote for the fans to choose the villains, and we’ll write the ending. It’s the perfect opportunity for fans to weigh in on the story’s conclusion. David Kristoph (Tales of a Dying Star) will be writing the point of view of the minors/laborers; Greg Dragon (Anstractor) will write from the POV of the bridge crew and support staff, and Mark Gardner (War of the Worlds: Retaliation) will be writing About the engineers and surveyors.
How it works
We’re maintaining a tight writing schedule, so this project doesn’t overtake our lives and our individual projects. You can expect the next installment each Wednesday at noon Arizona time. The sequence will be David-Greg-Mark. We invite you, the fans, to sound off in the comments. We welcome all comments and criticisms. The comments are your opportunity to influence the story even before you vote on week fifteen. If we use your idea, we’ll thank you (if you want us to) in the acknowledgments. I’m sure some lawyer somewhere will want me to say that the story, comments, and any effect you may or may not have on the story belongs to us. (Slagging lawyers!)
The end goal
The main goal is this 21-chapter web serial. We’ll probably compile it into a novel for sale in 2017. If this project rocks your world, and we all see value in it, who knows, it could be an annual thing. I think that would be epic.