It's time for another Fantasy Friday! Welcome Andrew P. Weston, and Guardian Angel, with it's incredibly awesome cover!
Science Fiction / Fantasy
Andrew's telling us about his world building today -- my absolutely favorite topic, as all of you know! Sit back, and enjoy!
As you know, “Guardian Angels” describes the adventures of a futuristic Global Emergency Service as they introduce themselves to an unsuspecting world at large.
They have always been there behind the scenes, watching and waiting to reveal themselves to those desperately in need, and when they do…the world changes.
The extended blurb sums it up:
A small boy runs in front of a truck.
Miners trapped in the aftermath of a devastating underground explosion have no hope of escape.
A stricken passenger aircraft plunges thousands of feet towards the earth below.
Because they are among the first in a number of miraculous interventions that heralds to the world that, “Guardian Angels”, blessed with extraordinary powers and incredible technology, actually exist!
While society in general reacts with euphoria, not everyone is pleased!
There are those in power and those within the criminal underworld, who seek to counter the threat they feel these awesome newcomers represent.
Early confrontations ensue, leaving many hungry for retribution, and their revenge is exacted at a terrible price in lives and suffering.
The resulting deaths do succeed in creating a backlash that causes people to lose hope in their newfound friends, and which changes public opinion forever.
Is the fairy tale over before it even begins?
“Guardian Angels” is a powerful and compelling story about the catalyst that could at last, galvanize society to unite and look towards the future with hope.
Sadly, it also reveals how fragile such a spark of hope could be.
However – there is much more to this “story” than meets the eye. Things that the reader might never know, or might eventually get to see, or perhaps only note in passing.
Welcome to the World-Building of the Guardian Angels.
Before I began writing what was to become the first book in the series, I had to spend nearly six months building a realistic “world” and a “history” in which to fit the Guardians.
Included within this framework was their own personal history in relation to that of the people of earth. Where are they from? How did they come to be? Where have they been until now and what have they been doing? WHY did they remain hidden? What made them decide that NOW was the time to reveal themselves?
Okay – they also have special abilities and futuristic technology.
How was that technology developed? How far in advance of current “earthly” technology is it? Is what I devised “in agreement with known/developing theoretical science? Is it plausible that advanced science could develop in this way so the reader can relate to it without thinking…’that’s too far-fetched’?
Regarding the abilities…
What abilities are we talking about? Can people relate to them? How would they be employed? What are their limitations and strengths? How much training would be required to realistically be able to use them in a real life disaster or emergency situation?
The Guardians themselves are a disciplined service.
Where and how do they train? What does that training involve? For how long? How are candidates selected? Where would they go for such incredible instruction? What education/schooling would they need to enhance their technical, physical, and psychic capabilities? What would be an acceptable/believable threshold?
What uniform would they have? What rank structure? How & when are they promoted? How are their ranks and abilities reflected or represented on their uniforms?
I shall stop there, as I think the point is clear.
In many cases, there is much, much more to “The World of…” than first meets the eye of the reader.
Building a realistic world, with a believable history and time-line forms a huge chunk of the preparations that take place BEFORE the story itself even begins to get written. In my case, almost 6 months of planning went into this stage, so that I could add a depth and realism to my creation that really helps it stand out from the crowd.
Once it was in place, I then had to select “where” along the timeline I would introduce our story, and how I would then dip into history, ancient history – the future or the culmination of the entire saga.
I’m a firm believer in “World Building”.
Your story and characters reflect a richness they would otherwise lack, and the reader is helped to appreciate…”THIS is something I want to be part of”.
I look forward to introducing you to my special world over the coming years as the Guardian Saga unfolds. See what you think, and feel free to lose yourselves as often as you want.
Let's meet this world, shall we?
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