earthdream shows how a group of animals, uprated in intelligence and physical ability, save the future earth from a fatal toxic overload. a story about the reintroduction of the human species onto planet earth, the animals trying to discover how it demised in the first place. hilarious. exciting. a mystery. an adventure. high stakes. a happy ending. futuristic. original. a fantasy-projec More
earthdream is a cross-genre story: an animal-fantasy set in the year 6666. an adventure-mystery, a journey in which the reader is accompanied by a group of evolved animals, hares, wolves, and giant tortoises, along with one sheepdog, a mad bird, and the one human alive, a child, a 12 year old girl. she is rejected by the hare community, which reinforces her alienated status.
the key question addressed by the old hare, professor leporine... what caused the demise of man? is a new and intriguing take on the future. but first, in order to survive themselves, the animals need to deal with what man's left behind.
the stakes are high. not only personal survival, but that of the earth.
the story shows a future containing aspects which clearly relate to problems humans face in the twenty first century and beyond. this means it has something for the adult as well as for the child.
animals solving what humans didn't manage to and which perhaps even killed them may seem unusual, but it allows a perspective which is both familiar and original. the familiarity is based on animals. the evolution (through genetic mutation) moves the story into originality and takes it well beyond the usual conception of anthropomorphised.
it draws obliquely and humorously on fairy tale/ sayings/ superstitions, which further anchors the storyline as being a product of our life in the here-and-now, as seen from the animals' viewpoint in 6666.
Conflict and drama of the story
Foremost is the evolved animals having to deal with the residue of man's activities on Earth which are now showing themselves and threatening the survival of the planet.
The story's particular fascination lies in the NOT-KNOWING. The animals not knowing why things are happening, yet having to deal with them as best they can.
From the reader’s viewpoint, the fun comes from seeing wrong conclusions drawn from well-known facts. This, together with the accident-waiting-to-happen qualities, keeps up a continuous stream of humour.
The hares' desire for pleasure together with their tendency to panic sometimes thwart, sometimes accelerate the main plot, but always take it in an unexpected direction.
Darkest Moment for survival of life on Earth
Professor Leporine discovers a huge Detritus Ball buried within the Earth. To leave the Detritus Ball in the Earth will result in one horrendous explosion which will certainly partially destroy the planet and definitely render it uninhabitable. There is only a narrow window to expel the Detritus Ball by successfully sun-targeting it. But in doing so the hares may kill the last human on Earth.