Welcome to Spartak’s twisted world. Can a sixteen year old athlete, sold into slavery, become a hero to his people and help return democracy to a very different America? Can a young man with a fluid sense of sexuality be an action hero?
This is an iconic image of earth, said to be the most widely reproduced photograph in history. It is the first one of the entire planet taken from space by a human. You cannot see our entire globe until you are at least 20,000 miles from the surface.
In Chronicles of Spartak, the Space Elevator is 22,000 miles out so earth can be viewed in all its glory by more than gods and astronauts. The vista from the Space Elevator gives perspective, a blue planet floating in a black void.
I wonder if a novel can allow us the vantage point we need to consider our own reality and the legacy we leave teenagers four generations in the future?
If you read a novel set on the ice planet of Hoth or the post apocalyptic nation of Panem, you don’t know anything other than what the author tells you. But if you try and set the story in America just a lifespan away, it gets trickier. You understand the future because you are alive today and you are invested in our time. The world in which we live was created by the actions of those who existed before us and by us. Political, business, cultural issues, our own prejudices, indifference, self-absorption, survival, all shape our reality. It may be the unusual person who can step back and see the world beyond their portion of it. Nature is also a big factor for tomorrow, particularly when it fights back.
So, what is Spartak’s life like in the world we made for him?
For everyone, I hope this novel is a fun read and you like the characters and drama. If you reject the reasons Spartak’s America is as it is, tell me why I got it wrong. Share your wisdom. To those who agree with some of my tangled prognostication, enjoy Chronicles as an adventure story with a political undercoat.