I have an idea for a new book, but it is written by you. Okay, not you alone and not the entire book, just a chapter or so. You choose a combination of three books from the 129,864,880 published books in the world, then write a thousand words or so defending each choice.
Sounds easy, right? Well, maybe not that easy. So, allow me to explain what is I am attempting to do here.
I read and write science fiction. This new book involves the genre, but not in a way which limits your contribution if science fiction is not your “cup of tea.”
In 1895 H.G. Wells published The Time Machine, the story takes place in 1899 London, well it starts there, but his adventure moves to the year 802,701, where his protagonist finds love, a beautiful Eloi woman, and people, the Morlocks raising the Eloi as sheep for consumption. The Time Traveler destroys the Morlocks. However, in destroying the Morlocks, he leaves the Eloi without any means of food production, shelter or other means of survival.
H.G Wells, ends his tale with the Time Traveler presumably returning to the year 802,701 to gather proof of his adventure and to help the Eloi.
In 1960 George Pal directed the movie The Time Machine, based on Well’s story. As with all book to movie ventures, changes were made. Mr. Pal wrote and filmed an ending H.G. didn’t write. Yet it is intriguing, and that is where you, and maybe your friends can contribute to the effort.
Mr. Pal’s last scene is a conversation between Filby and the Time Traveler’s House Keeper. The Time Traveler has departed back to the far future at this point. The House Keeper remarks to Filby that three books are missing from the Time Traveler’s library. “Which three?” asks Filby. “I don’t know,” responds the House Keeper.
So, imagine yourself the Time Traveler, your love is lost, alone, without means to survive more than a few days, more than 800,000 years in the future. You are despite to return to your love and help the Eloi build a civilization.
Which three books do you take with you, and why?
That is your assignment, chose three books. The books can be pre-1899, the date the original story starts, or you can choose any book up to today. And if you are really adventurous, you can pick three pre-1899 and three modern.
Start with a bio of yourself, nothing fancy, but enough that the reader gets an idea of who you are, then choose your three books and defend your choice. No upper word limit, but try to write at least a thousand words for each choice.
Then send it to me. I will collect all the stories, edit them, then put them into one book and publish it. The working title, for now, is Which Three Books. Feel free to also give your thoughts on the title.
Send you three choices to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line Three Books.