The Creation of a Story
December 4, 2013
The Book: Forbidden Future
The Genre: An Anthology of Time Travel Stories
The Publisher: Masquerade Crew
The Short Story: Society
The Author: Terra Harmony
The Forbidden Future Anthology has been a long time in the making! When I found the writing prompt back in August of 2012, I thought – why not give it a try? “One character or a group of characters travel many years into the future. What do they find there? Are they able to come back home, or are they trapped? What has become of mankind? Is life better or worse? What’s the political climate? The real climate?”
At that point, I was neck deep in writing ‘The Akasha Series,” an eco-fantasy set of novels that are all about the climate, so could relate to the prompt. My submission ‘Society’ takes place after a race for alternative energies, the only significant contenders being nuclear and solar.
The division of sides were as clearly defined as political parties. Though solar might seem the more ‘eco’ approach, there is a list of minerals that must be mined out of the earth to construct solar panels; indium, gallium, cadmium, copper, iron ore, lead, and it goes on and on. With precious minerals in hot demand, war breaks out over rights to the mines.
It makes for an interesting backstory, and the short story was soon down on paper. I had a fun time writing it, and a better time reading everyone else’s take on it! Please be sure to check out the anthology and let us know what you think!
Please click the book cover image at the top to read more about Forbidden Future. The time travel anthology is presently available for 99 cents.