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The background of the science fiction novel "It's Down to Earth", by James E. D. Cline


As this story opens, the kinetic energy supported bridge link ("KESTS TO GEO") between the Earth's surface and the huge ring of temporary living space cities in-filling the Clarke Belt, Clarke Belt City, has finally been destroyed, leaving the billions of people living up there abandoned, and their Environmental Engineers unable to carry out the original plan to jump-start the Earth's ecosystem back toward sustainable diversity once more.


The preceding story in the saga is "Spacetrains Are For Peacetime".


So if you are ready to start, here goes Ch.1 ... or read on more about its background here.


This novel was written in full paticipation with the NanoWriMo 2007 activity. Essentially that means it was written solely during the 30 days of the month of November in 2007. The goal of the NanoWriMo process is to write at least 50,000 words in a novel during those days of November, and each day's writing must be done spontaneously. An outline can be devised in advance of November, but no prose written until November 1st. 


This was the fourth year I had participated in the NanoWriMo activity, and the third year I had achieved the goal of 50,000 words or more. "It's Down to Earth" was some 66,000 words. Beign retired gives lots of time to write. 


This novel was in a general timeline of a saga which my other sicence fiction writings flowed, although the sequence of writing was not the time sequence of the saga. For example, although my first effort at writing a science fiction story was in the mid 1980's with a story never titled then but I have titled it "Unfinished Transportation Story" and incorporated many of its concepts in the novel "The Novelway Prototype Sdhop" which was a revision of teh failed attempt to write 50,000 words in 2004, the first real effort at writing a science fiction story was "Spacetrains Are For Peacetime" (written at the insistent urging of my friend and patron Carol S. and this short story was in timeline sequence of the later developing saga, happening just before "It's Down to Earth".  Thus at this point the most recent novel builds on the situation left by the first story written in the years after 2000. 


Many of the ideas upon which the events of this novel utilize are ones also used in one or more of my prior novels, and some are new, perhaps some have never before been suggested by anyone before this novel's writing. The push to write an average of 1,700 words a day creatively, written on the spot on and on, sometimes produces interesting ideas. The ideas focused upon in this analysis are the technological ideas in the story.


Thus, the saga's preceding adventure leading up to the start of this "It's Down to Earth" novel was the short story "Spacetrains Are For Peacetime" 


The time sequence of the stories comprising this saga is:

  1. The Novelway Prototype Shop
  2. Building Up
  3. Crisis on First KESTS
  4. The Ark of 1984's future
  5. Spacetrains Are For Peacetime
  6. It's Down to Earth