Daughter of Eden: nearly there!

• September 13th, 2016 • Posted in All posts

It’s just over 3 weeks until the release of Daughter of Eden on 6th October and I’m very excited about it.   It feels like the countdown to Christmas, even though I already know what’s in the package.

The Eden books are a trilogy, but not quite in the usual sense of a continuous narrative stretching across three books.  Dark Eden very much stands on its own, while the other two books are set some two centuries on, but only ten years apart from one another, and with a couple of the same characters.

A very perceptive review of Dark Eden  appeared just a couple of weeks ago in Omni (or, more accurately, I suppose, a review that perceived the things that I wanted people to perceive in it): you can read it here.   The reviewer  says: ‘Possibly the most important theme in Dark Eden (even more so than an unreliable protagonist and his growth on an alien world) is the discussion about how narrative binds communities and guides people,’ and that was certainly my intention.

I thought it would be interesting, in Mother of Eden and Daughter of Eden respectively to describe two communities, each one bound together and guided by (or even trapped by) its own particular version of the events described in Dark Eden.  And then, in this final book, to throw in a new event that calls both versions into question.

Daughter cover

10 comments on “Daughter of Eden: nearly there!”

  1. Cererean says:

    Oooh, a new event.

    Lemme guess… restored contact with Earth?

  2. Cererean says:

    As regards the importance of narrative, I found it to be more evident in Mother Of Eden. As Lord Varys would say, “Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall.”

  3. Chris says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment, Cererean, but I’d be able to go out for a very nice evening out if someone gave me a tenner for every possible ending that’s been suggested to me over the last few years.

  4. Chris says:

    Nicely put, but in Mother of Eden, I tried to show that it’s a little more structured than that. Power is constructed in pyramids, with each layer playing its part as a result of a calculation as to where its interests lie.

  5. Brendan says:

    So I have just finished this wonderful book. I read it with the pace of someone eating a melting ice cream cone. Loved it!

    Please don’t finish there! I’d love to have you explore the intelligence of the bats, go deeper into the subterranean explicit, more about where Eden is in our shared universe. And half sky, I want to see half sky!

    Gela’s tits man, keep it coming!

  6. Brendan says:

    Sigh, autocorrect – why do you always make a fool of me? “Explicit” was to be ecosystem… Sorry!

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks Brendan. So glad you enjoyed it! Love the thought of my book as a melting ice cream cone. I have a vague idea that I might do a collection of short stories set in Eden at some point, but no more definite plans than that.

  8. Chris says:

    I don’t know. I thought ‘subterranean explicit’ sounded rather profound, though I had no idea what you meant!

  9. Cererean says:

    Well, I’ve finally read it. Now I’m listening to John Denver…

    For a moment there near the end I thought the Edenites were going to kill the Terrans. 😮 I’m glad Trueheart managed to get away.

    Surely they could have also given them something useful? Like the germ theory of disease, and the importance of sanitation? Then again, they might have – I imagine Starlight would be the most receptive one to such ideas, and we weren’t privy to those conversations. Plus, they *did* spark a Reformation…

  10. Chris says:

    Maybe they did pass on some useful info. Can’t believe Marius wouldn’t have done. Eden people already have the germ theory of disease though. It’s mentioned in the book. After all, Tommy and Angela knew all that stuff. It’s just that things like that (or so I think) would get garbled in the telling over the generations, in the absence of an educational infrastrucute to sustain and develop them.

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