Book launch slated Jan 2022 | Read the Prologue for free | or subscribe to request ARC access.
Earthflown is an illustrated (debut) novel slated for launch (ebook + paperback) soon — ARCs are currently available exclusively on this website upon request Please note that despite the illustrations and animations, Earthflown is not a ‘web serial’ (and will not be 2 million words long).
In a nutshell, Earthflown is character-driven speculative fiction — using romance, white-collar crime (and a few murders) to explore the imminent water crisis, hypercapitalism and love.
The romance arc is LGBT (although sexuality is irrelevant to the plot) and shoulders much of the emotional and criminal narratives. And although the story begins from three alternating perspectives, they are tightly wound, quickly collide and not disparate.
Set in London 200 years from now, Earthflown takes a ‘scientific’ approach to conventionally fantastical / magical archetypes (those with ‘Aptitudes’) — and how these abilities could have shaped medical advances, social / legislative policy and privilege. These issues form a backdrop to the romantic and platonic intimacy that take centre stage, and the novel does not intend to be a treatise or parable of any kind.
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I often wish books had Ao3 style genre tags on the back, so here are some relevant tags 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 bondsinvestigative journalismviolencespeculative fiction
acknowledgements + art / illustration credits
This novel would not be possible without the patient and indulgence of my editors, betas and friends. Things are still being tweaked so all errors are my own. Big thanks to:
- Saralyn Beckius, for her medical wisdom, especially consulting at the start of the novel
- Mallory Litarnes, for endless squee sessions, sounding board angst and being the Chief Crack Dialogue Adviser, meme division;
- Karoline Vie and Mei for tireless beta reading and putting up with my badgering.
- JWB for his insanely generous support – a real life saver, I can’t express!
All illustrations are by me (Frances Wren) unless otherwise stated. Other (superior) illustrations for Earthflown include:
- animated cover painting by Mallory Litarnes
- character portrait sketches by Mezamero
- guest illustration of chapter 2 by Raphodraws