You haven’t heard from me because I’ve been doing some internal story development. Happy to say that those 3AM insomnia-based brain dumps are starting to bear fruit. I’m working on a new scifi novel project: Cinderellavator.
While I can’t share the details, I can talk about a few of the big ideas leading me to this story. Space elevators have been a scifi dream since the 1890s. According to Wikipedia, ‘most ideas for space elevators have focused on purely tensile structures, with the weight of the system held up from above by centrifugal forces. In the tensile concepts, a space tether reaches from a large mass (the counterweight) beyond geostationary orbit to the ground. This structure is held in tension between Earth and the counterweight like an upside-down plumb bob. The cable thickness is adjusted based on tension, it has its maximum at a geostationary orbit and the minimum on the ground.’
Another big idea are 21st century robber barons. In the 1800s, individual businessmen became ‘robber barons,’ exacting undue influence over society by exploitative business practices. Our current discussions about wealth inequality, democracy, and economic freedom are nothing new. My intention is not to advocate anything political or social, but to explore a future where multiple generations of robber barons have created their own future. What would that look like, how could one tween girl be the person who changes everything?
I’ll talk more about this as we move farther along. For right now, I’m focused on post-Mesh projects and scifi shorts. Cinderellavator is one of four new scifi novel projects. Any questions, comments, or concerns? Reach out to me on Reddit.