When a bizarre meteor impact devastated a suburban town and left thousands homeless and physically altered, the entire city was cut off from the rest of the world. One year later, Victoria, a young starbaby still reeling from her losses, and Charlie, a paramedic addicted to an extraterrestrial narcotic, become pawns in a conflict between an ambitious detective who wants to end the quarantine and a drug kingpin who wants it to last forever. Their trajectories intertwine through the days leading up to Halloween. Then they collide.

This is a project that’s been on my mind for years. This summer, in between semesters of EMT school, I sat down and finished it. The story is completed at 95,000 words, which will likely be pared down to 85-90k words with further editing. Its plot is reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Albert Camus’ The Plague, and the graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh. Themes include the homelessness of LGBT youth, addiction, and the malleability of identity.