about Earthflown + The Anatomy of water universe

OUT NOW! • Read Chapter Zero or Notify me of ebook + wider paperback release!

Earthflown is an illustrated sci-fi-fantasy novel set in post-flood London. It’s a high-stakes romance that tries — and fails — to leave the water crisis behind. Told in three alternating (but intersecting) perspectives, every one is an antagonist in another’s story. The narrative is not intended as a parable but a dystopic mirror to the neo-liberal rot (and the author’s pessimism rather than endorsement).

It’s an unmarketable mashup of romance + crime: probably too much romance for the conventional crime reader, and too much corporate / cartel conspiracy for the conventional romance reader. But we hope you’ll give it a chance!

Please note that Earthflown was written as a standalone (in the sense that lingering questions are deliberate), but a standalone sequel is in the works. That sequel is also designed so that it can be enjoyed without having read Earthflown, but there will be significant easter eggs for those who have. Both books are part of The Anatomy of Water universe.

genre tags

I often wish books had Ao3-style genre tags on the back, so here are some to help you decide whether this might be a story for you! I have left out some plot-spoilery tags.

romancescience fictionmagical realismresource scarcitygenetic engineeringFuturistic Medicalscifi / fantasybig pharmatwinsorganised crimeLGBTfluffcartelshurt / comfortsibling bondssecretsinvestigative journalismviolencespeculative fictionfound familyhyper privitisationforbidden loveopposites attractfatal capitalismplatonic intimacy

content warnings

Shaded warnings take up more ‘screen time’ in the book, whilst outlined warnings are passing or brief. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to message me.

acknowledgements + art / illustration credits

This novel would not be possible without the patient indulgence of my editors, betas and friends. All errors are my own. Special thanks to:

  • Dr Beckius, for her medical expertise.
  • Litarnes, for endless squee sessions, sounding board angst and emotional support.
  • Karoline, Maria, Erica, Mark, Alanna for tireless beta-reading, enthusiasm and patience.
  • Tilly for developmental editing and endless scrutiny.
  • Jackie for deep-level copy edits!
  • JWB for his insanely generous support!

All website illustrations are by me (Frances Wren) unless otherwise stated. Superior illustrations for Earthflown include:

  • animated illustrations by Litarnes
  • character portrait sketches by Mezamero
  • guest illustration of chapter 2 by Raphodraws

Out now!

the illustrated paperback is now available from Amazon, Bookshop.org, B&N, + Chapters Indigo (SE) in-stores & online CA/US. For details on all editions, including ebook & SE hardback, click here.

Notify me when it all gets here!

When adding to cart on Amazon, take care your order is fulfilled + shipped directly by Amazon not any third-parties! Scammers reproduce books on lower quality materials then hijack the ‘buy’ button by pricing more cheaply. Because Earthflown has so much art, these unauthorised reproductions will have blurry / too-dark / low-resolution illustrations that do not reflect the real quality. You will get an inferior product (& we don’t see a cent).1

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