Friday, February 24, 2012
A Glimpse into the World of THE FOUNTAIN
Hi everyone! Today I'm going to give you a glimpse into the world building of THE FOUNTAIN, my YA sci-fi coming out in the summer of 2013 (Dial/Penguin).
Here's the basic blurb:
It's about a 17-year-old who must rescue her kidnapped sister with the help of a band of outcasts with mutated genes, set in 2150 when genetic manipulation has been outlawed.
So how did I think up this world? I extrapolated based on the reality of today.
Neia and its Agriplane:
Zelia and her sister currently live in Neia (an aggregate state of Nebraska and Iowa). It's an agricultural state, famous for its agriplane. I envisioned a world where the earth itself was overpopulated and the ground poisoned from pollution. The growth of food needed to be physically moved upwards onto a an artificial field that runs parallel to the earth, held aloft by gigantic supports and the occasional building. As a result, under the agriplane where people live, is quite gloomy since the agriplane gets most of the sunlight.
Fossil fuel-driven automobiles will be a thing of the past. The most energy-wasting thing about driving is friction--friction from the air, and from pushing a vehicle's weight against the earth. Instead, there will be magpods--oval-shaped pods that ride over magnetic strips embedded into the ground. Totally frictionless. No one owns the magpods. Based on your demographic and ability to pay, a particular magpod will zoom up to you when you request one. And if you can't afford them? There are free, public magpods, but they're kind of gross.
Fingertip identification--based on your fingerprint and capillary (blood vessel) pattern--define you. Where you live, who you are, your medical record, how much money you have, etc. Pressing your fingertip will sign electronic documents, or get you the right magpod after pressing a magpod ordering machines. It's great because you can't leave your fingertips at home like a wallet or credit card, and it's nearly impossible to forge. But it's pretty scary, because everything you do can be watched.
There is so much more I'd love to chat about, but I can't spoil my own book, now, can I? ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into THE FOUNTAIN!
And now a question for you. Can you share a teeny tidbit about the world building of your current WIP? Pretty please?
Lydia Kang is a writer, part-time doctor, and salt-addicted gal with a near-pathological need to doodle. Find her on Twitter, her blog The Word Is My Oyster, and Facebook.
If you want to get a better glimpse of THE FOUNTAIN, you can check out her Pinterest page!