Wow, we soared past 300 copies sold and are almost to 300 readers! Amazing. So much loving all the support. You are all amazing and awesome and so many other good adjectives!
200 readers! Special thanks to N. Turner for being the 200th reader to support After Man on its way to publication.
After some recent discussions, I felt the need to post this to the project page and send it as an update.
What this Book is NOT:
First, this is not a book meant to answer all the questions. This world the story takes place in is a complicated place where everything has changed owing to the cataclysmic event. As a result, everything you know about society, religion, politics, genders, gender roles, and much more has changed. Second, this book is not "women can’t go on without men." Having lived for 500 years without them, clearly they can. This book is an exploration of that idea: what would it be like if you take the most basic form of diversity and remove it? And then what might happen if you reintroduce it? How would society react? Third, this is not an anti-feminist diatribe. It is also not a Complementarian manifesto. The idea here is NOT to declare one gender is better than the other, or that they can only exist together if they exist in a specific mold. The idea behind it is to explore what would happen if such an event were to occur, not pass judgment on you or anyone else for how they view or believe on this subject. Finally, this book is not going to tell you what to believe or accept about it. This will have a lot of ambiguity in it ON PURPOSE. This is not to avoid conflict, but to avoid "leading the witness." The narrative is going to have a lot of opportunities to make small and big statements throughout. Places where we can hit you right in the face with something just because we want to. We won’t be doing that. The idea here is to create a setting where all of these preconceived notions we carry into our interactions with each other have all fundamentally been altered or vanished. We all are going to approach this story with differing world views and beliefs. That is fine. The goal of this story is to take you as you are and, on the other end, leave you where you choose to be after contemplating the ideas and possibilities herein.
So, how did you like Chapter 3? I’ve received some great feedback, all in the form of "you’re killing me!" emails or messages:-)
But this update is not about me. I’m taking a short step out of the world of After Man to help a friend and very good author get his book successfully through the preorder stage and on to full publication production. Find out more below.
A God in the Shed by JF Dubeau
There’s a project that’s nearing its funding goal that I’d like to bring your attention to. It still needs a little over 180 pre-orders to get full funding on Inkshares. I think it’s worth your attention and I hope you’ll agree. Check it out:
A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau is a Fantasy/Horror story set in the forgettably small village of St-Ferdinand, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The villagers have been hiding terrible secret for generations, but when their mysterious captive escapes but gets inadvertently trapped in the McKenzy’s backyard shed, it’s up to the Venus and her friends to figure out how to dispose of this terrible and malevolent burden; an Old God of hate and death.
You can find out more about this dark and beautiful, read sample chapters, reviews and pre-order you copy of A God in the Shed by visiting: www.inkshares.com/books/a-god-in-the-shed
You can listen to the prologue as read by Ageless author Paul Inman here: youtu.be/XJw5oZhqtXo
Need more incentive?
As an update today (not the only one but just a short note) have you seen Rogue One’s new trailer?!?! Go see it now. It looks great.
Matrilineal Societies: The backbone of reproduction in an all female world.
In this first post discussing the science, culture, anthropology and more from the world of After Man’s earth, we’re going to focus on a unique method of reproduction and child rearing that was adopted worldwide in a response to the sudden loss of all men and a drastic contraction of society after the events of the late 21st century.
What is a Matrilineal society? According to Brittanica, it is a "group adhering to a kinship system in which ancestral descent is traced through maternal instead of paternal lines (the latter being termed patrilineage or patriliny). Every society incorporates some basic components in its system of reckoning kinship: family, marriage, postmarital residence, rules that prohibit sexual relations (and therefore marriage) between certain categories of kin, descent, and the terms used to label kin. A lineage is a group of individuals who trace descent from a common ancestor; thus, in a matrilineage, individuals are related as kin through the female line of descent." (http://www.britannica.com/topic/matrilineal-society)
In the world of After Man, this form of society became the dominant method around which all means of reproduction were determined after the initial rapid adoption of artificial insemination on a worldwide scale to prevent the loss of the species. Vast swaths of society were lost before emergency methods could be used to spread this technology around the world. Centers for fertilization were placed on ships and sailed around the world and eventually major city centers became the gravitational centers of habitation and survival. Inside these major city centers, smaller societies were encouraged based on the concept of matrilineal societies seen in Earth’s cultures around the world, most notably the Mosuo people of western China (http://www.mosuoproject.org/matri.htm). This enabled various cultures and ethnicity groups to preserve their unique past while ensuring the optimal setting for support through child-birth and rearing.
As an example, the city of New York, famous for its boroughs, became one of three major metropolitan centers around which the surviving species in North America were moved to along Washington City and San Francisco. Other cities eventually were able to establish smaller centers for reproductive services and adopted a similar system of encouraging these smaller societies inside the cities to form. These societies vary based on culture or ethnicity, however they all share a few common elements. First, each shares the responsibility of child-rearing among all of the members of the society. Second, all members of the society must provide as least one egg or carry one child to term. This is a legal obligation of all citizens of the cities. Third, each society occupies a communal structure that includes schools, hospitals, stores as well as libraries and other centers for communal activity and is maintained by the members of that society with service support from the city when needed.
Not all members of each city belong to a society but all make use of them for child-care and support during child birth. All members of a city are required at the very minimum to work a period of 2 years in service to a society of their choice in varying capacity from administrative duties to educational roles to actual child-care. Those that choose to bear a child to term either for her own requirement or to bring another woman’s child to term for her are considered to have fulfilled that obligatory service. Those who choose to fulfill their obligatory service in either of these ways are guaranteed the time necessary away from their chosen careers without loss of pay or position. Some women choose to join in service to that society in a full-time capacity. In those instances, their position in another career is guaranteed to them to return to up to a minimum period of five years.
Some women who wish to remain in a professional position outside of a society choose to volunteer to be surrogate mothers for other women who wish to only give the minimum service to a society. These women have their obligatory service waived permanently and receive guaranteed time away from their profession for all medical needs and for the period of birth and recovery up to one year after birth. As these women will most likely carry multiple children to term throughout their careers, they work flexible hours in their profession but receive full pay for their time spent caring for their bodies during and after pregnancy.
Societies like these dominate all of the major population centers across the world. The largest of these are New York City, Washington City, San Francisco, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, New Delhi, Cairo, Cape Town, Accra, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Sydney with smaller cities spread out across the continents, more so in North America, Europe, and east Asia.
Please stay tuned for more information about the world of After Man. A portal/wiki will be created soon as a reference for this data. If you are interested in contributing to the studies of what this world looks like after such an event occurs, contact me via email. Be sure to share this project around so we can keep the momentum up and get this novel in your hands sooner!
Today’s the day! It begins. Preorders for After Man have begun as has the Geek and Sundry Hard Science contest! I find it amusing and small worldish that this novel is appearing in this contest because of my experience meeting Geek and Sundry’s founder at Dragoncon in 2012. Maybe I’ll share it in a future update. I doubt she remembers it.
Sometime here over the coming few days, I’m going to start posting Casey Adler’s personal logs from her investigations. These will contain clues that will be revealed later in the story as she investigates the epidemic of violent crime you see being hinted at in Chapter One. I’ll also be posting case files and other pertinent records to help you, the reader sleuths see if you can solve the mysteries to come. (Spoiler: there’s a suspected murder coming!)
As early followers, I’ll let you in on a recruiter bonus I’m offering to people who bring in the most people to preorder After Man. The top two recruiters will each be given an opportunity to help craft part of this story. Number One will get to help create a character who plays a pivotal role in the sequel and who makes an appearing in the denouement of this book. They also will get to have an exclusive interview with myself and my awesome wife who helped me form this idea into a story. Any questions allowed, spoilers abound. Number Two will get to help create the setting for the final sequence of this book. I’ll give you a few pointers on what is going to happen and you get to help create the setting.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your copy preordered then get that referral link and get going!