Tanks vs Tripods

Today I’d like to let you know all about a project that I’ve been mulling over doing but have finally decided, after conversation with a few people, is definitely something I wanna press on with and make a reality.

War of the Worlds - Tripod (Digital Illustration by pmoodie)This summer, I’d like to write a 30,000 word novella (that will be available for free here) which has a working title of my Modern-Day Version of The War of the Worlds.

WOTW has been a big influence on my work so far; it’s an electrifying retro tale now that is deeply meaningful as a lot of the locations that get flattened are locations that I personally know. It’s also the granddaddy of sci-fi invasion stories; hence it was an inverse inspiration for my nearly-complete novel Colonisation.

However, this project is going to be something special; I’m not just going to retell the story of The War of the Worlds with submarines in place of cannons – I’m going to use the events of the original book as a framework for my own story to take place. I’m also planning to use this as a great opportunity to experiment with fiction writing – this work will be formatted almost like a scrapbook, with the narrator’s thoughts looking back intermixed with emails, blogposts and text message conversations exchanged and posted during the invasion.

I’m really looking forward to not only paying a great tribute to a wonderful sci-fi work, but also experimenting and furthering my own writing ability with something a little… different to what you may be expecting.

More later in the year!

Image credit: DeviantArt

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