A Lon Story is a hard science fiction web serial that spans from the near future to about 5000 years from now.
It begins with a story of a child looking for their mother. Kel is a nonbinary ten-year-old (well, eight in Lon years) being raised by their mother on the planet Avalon, about 26 light years from Earth, thousands of years in our future. A Lon Beginning is seven chapters, kid-friendly, but suitable for all ages. It will have a number of sequels, as Kel grows up, learns about their world, and gains increasing mastery of the technology-based magic made possible by Ama and the nano/microtech skin of the world.
I’m also working on several stories in the same universe, set in this century, about humanity’s last ditch efforts to save itself from complete destruction.
In the year 2060, zero children are born, due to a multifactorial planetwide fertility crash.
In the late 21st century, the seas are rising faster than ever, global communications have failed, and the fragmented nations of North America are disappearing as their populations age and food supplies crash. The Last Generation and the Babylon Cooperative work frantically in the domes of the Pacific States of America to make sure the human race continues, in spite of the people who have decided that it is the will of God for humanity to die.
What is Lon?
- Lon is Avalon, a planet terraformed by nerds.
- Lon is Babylon, Earth, the cradle of humanity.
- Lon is the Dandelon Project, a nanotech hybrid Star Wisp-EM drive used to colonize space.
- Lon is the Babylon Cooperative, working to save the genetic diversity of Earth.
- But most of all, Lon is a hard science fiction story about the end of the world and what it might take to save humanity from disasters of our own making.
Perhaps the most important thing about Lon is that it is a story for all of us, with a diverse and complex cast of characters and a deep foundation in the plausible.
I'm a writer, activist and parent, and somehow my dystopian near-future apocalyptic novel turned into my children's favorite bedtime story. And I don't even mind.
Come and join me! It's going to be a Lon ride!
Note: The amazing photos on the reward levels (and as indicated in the story chapters) are from Craig P. Burrows and are used with his most gracious permission. Please visit his site to see larger and more complete photographs. His techniques with ultraviolet and infrared photography make for some amazing, otherworldly photographs. Prints are available through his website.
Other illustrations are done by me, using CC0 stock photographs from Pexels and Pixabay, substantially edited.