A 620-page science-fiction book by Brian Guthrie
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100% Complete
Sep 30, 2015
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Sep 13, 2016
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Oct 28, 2015
Editing and Design Completed
Jun 14, 2016
File Sent to Printer
Jun 21, 2016
Ebook Published
Aug 12, 2016
Print Book Published
Sep 13, 2016
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About Rise

Back of the Book Blurb:

On a world brought to the brink of destruction, life now clings to the shattered remains of the planet’s crust. These fragments are the Shells: fragile wastelands of desert and rock, protected from the cold of space by a water shield. In the struggle for survival, its people have depended on ancient technology, controlled by the omnipresent Network, to sustain the entire population. But the Network is breaking down, water is sparse, and a complete societal collapse is imminent. As the stakes become clear, the inhabitants of the Shells begin to turn on each other, and appear headed for all-out war.

Now the paths of several strangers will converge at the opportune moment. From a woman who seeks to protect her family as it’s ripped apart to a prison warden hiding from his past, this unlikely group has little in common—but together, they may hold the key to saving humanity from its worst enemy: itself.

About the Author:

Based out of Germany, Brian Guthrie is a serial author of science fiction and fantasy. He is currently writing and publishing his Future Worlds series on JukePop Serials. He also has plans for another science fiction novel, a bit of historical fiction, and many short stories set in the Future Worlds universe.

Rise is book one of four in the Future Worlds series, a project in the works since the mid 90s. The author isn’t afraid to toss something out and start afresh if the story demands it. Originally intended as a trilogy, the characters demanded a fourth book be inserted, so the author obliged.

Keep up with him @nidfar on Twitter or on Facebook at Brian Guthrie Author, and follow his works on his author page at www.guthron.com and the Future Series specifically at www.nidfar.com.

Read part of Rise
a 15 minute read

The following interviews were conducted at different times in different locations. The placement of each is meant to preserve the chronology of the narrative.

Chapter 1 - Paper

I suppose this all started with paper. Real paper. I could not recall the last time I had seen a fresh batch of it. That close to the core, one rarely found supplies of this sort; they were hard to come by even for researchers like me. ’Only the bare necessities for those sworn to protect.’ How many times had I had those words thrown in my face? Still, someone must have seen my request. How else had this package of crisp, white paper been delivered? The first thing I did was pull a piece free, hold it close to my nose, and inhale slowly. If I closed my eyes, the faint odor made me believe I was pressing my face close to a real tree standing before me, a soft breeze shifting my long hair around as it moved past. Well, I pictured what I thought was a tree. It was a pleasant dream.

A cough interrupted my wandering thoughts. I quickly lowered the paper and opened my eyes, brushing a strand of my hair from my face. There in the doorway stood a figure I’d never seen before. He was at least a full head taller than me, clothed in long, flowing silver robes. A hood covered his head and a cowl most of his face; a slit cut across it revealed dark skin and black eyes, which were locked on me. My heart accelerated slightly, and a tingly feeling ran up my side to my chest. He hesitated in the doorway, hands clasped behind him. I tossed the paper behind me and bowed my head as my cheeks warmed, not wishing to stare at the strange figure waiting before me.

"May I enter?" he asked, his voice deep and rough.

I looked up and nodded. He stepped forward to the table that dominated the room’s center, the door sliding shut behind him.

"Feel free to stare," he muttered, eyes roaming around the space. "I find it helps you lot get past the startled stage sooner."

As his black eyes darted around, I felt self-conscious about the clutter. My eyes followed his around my messy office, taking in random articles of clothing, a hairbrush, and a tin of moisturizer, and I wished I’d taken a few moments earlier in the day to tidy up a bit.

"Your robes are...interesting," I said, words racing out of my mouth. I closed my eyes tight and took a few deep breaths.

"And a perpetual curiosity to you core lovers," the man said, moving to stand by the table holding the paper. "Quite a prize, here."

I must have looked confused, for the man arched an eyebrow and nodded at the table. When I looked around, all I saw was the paper.

"This?" I asked. "Yes, it is. I have no idea where it came from, either."

"Such a lovely day," the man said, moving past the table to stand near the room’s lone window. "Join me? Seems a lot less windy than usual for this time of day, don’t you think?"

I didn’t move. I had no idea who he was. My first thought was to move toward the door, not the window.

"Don’t you agree, Logwyn?" he...

Discuss Rise with the Author.
Jamison Stone · Author · edited 19 days ago · 1 like
Great quote! 

Well, 2016 is on its deathbed.  Appropriate analogy all things considered.  We’ve said goodbye to many this year, although to be honest the famous deaths of this year didn’t really register in my ecosystem until the very end.  Seeing as I don’t remember a world that didn’t have Princess Leia or Singing in the Rain in it, I definitely felt something when those two passed.  To have them do so within days of my grandmother passing away definitely put a more subdued end on a year filled with frustration and stress.  That said, there were some things I enjoyed about this year.  Here are some highlights.

  • Highlight moment of the year: Holding my very own book in my hands for the first time on Sept 13.
  • Highlight moment runner-ups: 15th wedding anniversary (such a fun evening Michelle), Finishing the manuscript for Fall on Jan 18, appearing on the Current Geek podcast with Scott Johnson (I’ve been listening to him since 2009; yeah that mattered); winning two more contests on Inkshares; Publishers Weekly review; Audible book deals for Rise and Fall
  • Best Movie: Toss-up between Civil War and Rogue One for me. honorable mention to Zootopia
  • Best TV Series (started this year): Toss up here between Stranger Things and Orphan Black. Honorable mention to the new Muppets and Voltron
  • Best Book I read: not touching that with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.  Too many friends published books this year.  So instead:
  1. Most Surprising Book: Unattractive Vampire (did not see myself enjoying this)
  2. Most Difficult to read: tie between Ageless and Rune of the Apprentice for entirely different reasons (Note: I still enjoyed them ;-))
  3. Most Inspiring: Push
  • Best Game played: I’d have to say Munchkin (adventure time or Cthulu versions); yes I hadn’t played it before
  • Best Video Game played: I spend a lot of time in Civilization VI so that is a good answer.  Stellaris is another really good one.  That said, I think I’ll choose Crashlands.  My daughter and I have spent hours playing concurrent games (no multi-player) throughout this year
  • Highlight Verse I read: Psalm 27:14 - Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (ESV)

 So, yeah it’s been an interesting year.  Rounding out the year watching the entire Harry Potter series with my daughter was another moment, including giving her book one in both German and English for Christmas.  I’m so proud of her development as a linguist.  Watching her interact with those in need on Christmas Eve, seeing the smiles on their faces when she spoke with them.  It warmed the heart.


Looking straight at you now.  What’s coming?  Well, I don’t know.  2016 definitely did not go according to plan (except the release of Rise.  That did happen as planned.)  So, who knows what will happen but here’s what I intend on doing.

  1. By the end of 2017, the first drafts of Shatter and Unite will be done.  
  2. I will be able to lead discussions and do live translations without fear in Arabic.  
  3. And I’ll be able to hold my own in a conversation in German.


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn


The holidays are here!  And you know what that means.  Sales!  Inkshares isn’t skipping out on it.  They’re throwing a 50% off sale for published books.  Yes, that means you can get one or two or a dozen books for half what it would normally cost you.  Got a friend or 10 that you want to give a great gift to?  Well, check out the books out now from Inkshares.  You’re sure to find something for that reader in your life.

Why am I telling you all about this?  Well, duh.  I want my author friends to make mad money this holiday season.  And, shhh, don’t tell anyone but they let Rise in for some reason!  So, yeah, you can get an extra copy or two of Rise to share also.

Hurry!  The sale ends Dec 16th!


Today is Extra Life!  We cleared my second goal and are closing in on $1000 raised for the year.  The entire event is above $6 million for the year. We’re live and fundraising and you can watch here http://www.twitch.tv/guthron or here http://www.twitch.tv/pixel_sharks.  You can donate here.


Just an update for you about an event I participate in every Fall.

BLUF: Support me as I raise money for the hospital that saved my niece’s life.  Go here to donate.

This weekend, gamers around the world will come together for 24 (25 with the time change) hours of gaming raising money for children.  The event is Extra Life and all the money the gamers raise goes to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the US.

This event is particularly close to my heart as my niece was born into Providence of Alaska at 26 weeks.  They helped keep her in the womb as long as possible, safely delivered her, and saved her life during her 72 day stay in the NICU.  She’s now a happy, bubbling kid full of life thanks to that hospital.

All of the funds I raise go to Providence of Alaska.  Many, many more gamers have similar stories about the hospitals they support.  In fact, the entire event was inspired by Victoria Enmon, a little girl diagnosed with cancer that wanted to do something for the other kids around her that were more sick.  You can learn more about her story in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHSZ_82wiJg .  Warning: tissues should be nearby.

So, what can you do?  Well, you can join in and support a hospital.  Learn more at http://www.extra-life.org .  But, if you’d rather just support a gamer, you can go to that site and find someone also doing this.  My page is here.  I believe Jamison Stone is also participating.

Oh, and Rise is 42 copies away from 2K sold:-)  I’m still waiting on all those reviews you promised.


So there is some news to share.   Rise is going to be an audio-book!  The deal is for Rise and a sequel, in this case Fall.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this.  Definitely will be listening to that on some runs.

In other news, Rise is closing in on 2000 copies sold.  And most of that buzz pushing the sales is coming from you.  Thank you so much!  If you’re reading your copy now, I’d appreciate a "Reading" mark on Goodreads.  And a review when you’re finished would be awesome.

In Fall news, I’m editing act 3 before sending it off to my editor.  After that, I got back and do a rework based on the edits I already have for acts 1 and 2.  If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, the sooner you do the sooner we can get it into production and in your hands.

You are all awesome!



First, it’s so exciting seeing all the images people have been sending of their copies of the book or them holding the book.  I’m saving all of these, of course.  Be sure to get a picture of some interesting place you choose to read it for a bit.  It’s been fun sharing those.

Second, you are able to review Rise on Amazon.com, BN.com, and Goodreads (and mark it as reading on that last one if you still are).  The BN page is a bit dodgy with the reviews.  Some people have reported it won’t accept the review while a few have managed it.  I appreciate your attempting to do so.  It really does help.

In other news, I’ve resumed editing Fall around my re-write of After Man.  It’s fun revisiting this new adventure in the same world as Rise after taking several month off from it.  I can’t say Fall will have as many edit run-throughs as Rise did but it is still getting a meticulous comb over.  If you’re as eager to read this second book as I am in editing it, why not go ahead over to Inkshares and preorder your copy today.

Finally, yours truly recently was a guest on the Write Brain podcast, hosted by Inkshares veterans Paul Inman and Jean-Francois Dubeau.  We had a blast discussing cake, Dragoncon, authors we like to read and don’t like to read, and, yes, even Rise.  Be sure to look for it in whatever podcast app you use, episode 30 or go to http://www.jfdubeau.com/writebrain/ to listen.  Additionally, in two weeks time on Oct 7, 2016 I have the privilege of appearing on a podcast on a network I’ve been a fan of since 2009, Frogpants Studios.  I’ll be appearing on the Current Geek podcast hosted by Scott Johnson (of The Instance podcast fame for you WoW players) and Tom Merritt (a name that will be familiar to most of you as he’s the guy on the front cover of Rise giving that amazing blurb).  I’m really excited and a bit nervous to be appearing on any show on this network but I’m sure it will be fun.  If you haven’t discovered the library of shows Frogpants Studios and friends of the network are making, I highly recommend going to frogpants.com and checking them out.

Happy reading and listening!


Rise received its first industry review!  It was posted on Monday, but I just found out about it today.

"Science fiction makes "Their world exploded" literal in this ensnaring SF mystery set on various fragments ("shells") of a shattered planet that still orbit around its glowing core. Set up by the Ancients, the shells host colonies of humans who depend upon the infallible technology of their ancestors to survive. But it is starting to fail, and Logwyn, a scribe, is sent by her dragon queen to interview four outsiders from different shells and cultures to piece together why. Armed only with a box whose contents she has not dared to view, Logwyn tries to draw the others out and gather up their separate but linked accounts, hoping to understand why the Ancient computers are losing data. Guthrie neatly if straightforwardly weaves together the four stories, letting events repeat without contradiction (no Rashomon here); his worldbuilding is complicated enough, including the characters’ ability to rewrite the "code" of reality, to require some simplicity of plot. Raising more questions with every answer, this volume should intrigue readers enough to look for the sequel."   Publishers Weekly

So exciting.  In other news, Inkshares is working hard with Amazon and Barnes and Noble to get the kinks in the release worked out.  Rest assured if you have friends that want to order from these two sites, they still can, especially if they’re after the Kindle version.  They can also go in to a Barnes and Noble store and order a copy there if it’s not already on the shelves. (I can’t believe I get to say that now!!)

Don’t forget to leave your own reviews and ratings on Goodreads and on the kindle version on Amazon.  And I’m still looking for some unique pictures of where people are reading Rise.
Check out who got his copy reserved!


So, shipments of backer copies have been flowing out, especially to the USA supporters.  However, I’ve been receiving messages from overseas supporters that they had issues with the address format and Inkshares has confirmed that there have been some issues with the overseas addresses.  So, to all my supporters in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada, this is for you.

As you can see in this image:

You have several boxes to fill out.  For most Germans, you will skip the State portion entirely.  For the British as well.  The most common mistake appears in the country portion.  It was mistakenly set to the wrong country.  There are other potential mix-ups but the key is, if you think you have an issue with your address, contact inkshares and they will help you.  Email them at hello@inkshares.com.  You can also message me and I can give you some pointers but Inkshares has indicated they are more than able to help you fix any issues with your address.



Today is the day!

Rise is now available for order.  Not preorder.  Actual order.


Next?  Funny you should ask.  Fall.

Happy reading and please leave a review as soon as you can:-)