A young adult novel inspired by the Genre Wars project.
Kabathan is peopled with cultures inspired by different genres: Fantasarians, Mechs, Nenjin, Wranglers, Steampunks, Mobsters, Vampians, Necromancers, Vikings, and Pirates.
Peace was always kept between them by a sentient, crystalline relic called The Oniyum. Shared and passed between the tribes for centuries, it became the center of their world order and the source of each culture’s evolution. Whatever mild friction existed between the tribes, the Oniyum kept it at bay. Until the Oniyum inexplicably vanishes, leaving behind disaster and war in its wake.
It would have been easy to use the Oniyum as a McGuffin; center the story around it, but, instead, our story deals with the very real fact that the world relies too heavily on it anyway. The characters realize, “if it’s gone, it’s gone; let us accept it, find a newway to co-exist and move on.” It serves as a very significant analogy for the story’s themes of loss, grief and forgiveness.
Read more about the journey in an interview I gave to writer and fellow bookworm, Barbara Brutt.
It all started with Ron Newcomb‘s online short film competition (also called Genre Wars), but after participating, Justin Moe and myself saw far greater potential in the concept, well beyond the initial premise of one visual aesthetic versus another.
The project evolved, however, into Genre Wars: Resistance Rising, a stand-alone sci-fi/fantasy web series,currently in post-production.