Greetings travelers, and welcome to the final stop in the Otherworld of the month! Today, we’re shifting gears, zigzagging back from fantasy to sci-fi. This time, we’re going to be looking at a novella that takes a look at the world we live in, and what we can do to make it better, while exploring what could happen if we get in our own way. Read on to learn about Stasis.
Parker Eldred writes about real world problems, but in a way that feels mysterious and captivating. In Stasis, Eldred looks at one of the growing problems of our lifetimes, climate change, and what would happen if we took the steps to try and right our wrongs. From the opening pages, things are interesting enough to want to learn what changes have occurred on Earth, and what is yet to come. The author has a way of weaving the tale so that the answers are presented in satisfying ways, making good use of the novella’s tight word count. This, perhaps, is a reflection of the way time and existence are experienced in the story, as neither are quite the same as they once were.
A scientist attempts to solve the world’s climate crisis, but unwittingly unleashes forces bent on the destruction of all mankind in this riveting 23,000 word science fiction novella.
The near-future. Coastlines around the world lay submerged under water due to the rising sea levels. Cryobiologist David Boreas proposes a bold plan to the IPCC. Every human being on the planet will enter cryostasis, with a rotating twenty million let out into the world each day, drastically reducing mankind’s carbon emissions. A year passing between each day lived.
The plan is quickly adopted.
The planet heals itself, the winters slowly return, yet a growing resistance emerges. David soon watches as each succeeding day reveals the aftermath of an increasingly violent year. Will he be able to convince his project leaders to alter their course? Or will the unforeseen consequences of his creation rise up to destroy the world he set out to save?
In order to heal the world, grand changes were required. How do you begin to help reverse the damage we’ve done while seven billion people serve as the disease, in a sense? Eldred explores these notions, and the fallout of our actions, in catching and immersive ways. It helps that the author has a commanding presence when it comes to prose, and characters that are interesting and strong enough to carry the powerful story on their shoulders. Readers will be quick to enjoy Stasis, and while it feels brisk, it will give them a lovely introduction to an up-and-coming storyteller. Check out Stasis, a novella by Parker Eldred, on Amazon today!
Images provided courtesy of Parker Eldred.