Monday, 22 October 2012

Life Support - Creation and Synopsis

Life Support is a novella, so it's longer than a short story, but shorter than a full-length novel. In the case of Life Support, it's a little over 37,000 words. The 'official' boundary for a novella seems to be between 20,000 and 50,000 words, with anything over 50,000 being a novel.

In terms of genre, Life Support is science-fiction, and tells a story set just over 100 years in the future, where mankind has not only developed an increasingly life-like series of robots that are integrating into everyday life, but is also taking fledgling steps farther out into the solar system with space travel.

The ebook source was created "by hand", rather than being exported from Pages, so a great deal of thanks are due to the wonderful tips and assistance provided by Guido Henkel - for anyone producing ebook content, please pay a visit to the site, it has a wealth of excellent information. And a special thanks to Kovid Goyal, the creator of Calibre.

The two characters on the cover (Chloe and BOB) were rendered through DAZ Studio, with many an hour dedicated to finding the right lighting and pose.

Finally, for anyone wanting a little more information on the story of Life Support: -

Chloe Madison arrives aboard the Quantum Empress, Earth's second largest space cruiser, intending to reunite with her estranged father during the launch of Madison Robotics' latest line of robots, the Series 12.

When the Quantum Empress is sabotaged by the United Church of Mankind (UCOM), a group vehemently opposed to humanity's growing reliance on robots, Chloe must make her way through the shattered spaceship, accompanied by the Madison family robot, Jackson, avoiding UCOM's foot soldiers as she races to rescue her father, Steven Madison.

When escape finally beckons, Chloe is given an impossible choice: surrender herself on the bridge of the Quantum Empress, or UCOM will execute its hostages.

With time slipping away, Chloe must draw on all of her courage to save her father and fight for the rights of humans and robots alike, against a group willing to destroy a spaceship and everyone on board in order to further their agenda.

Life Support is coming soon to the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.

Happy Writing!