THE LAST TOUR OF KELWORT CASTLE
NOVELLA -17,500 WORDS
The tourists came to the castle to learn about its history. But then the war began – and they became its history.
As the cheerful tour guide leads them round the castle, the tour group doesn’t know that a nuclear war is about to obliterate their world. But hundreds of years later, archaeologists from another universe have pieced together their story from the traces they left behind.
The castle held many historical lessons for the survivors, and the tour guide delivered them all with a smile as she led them round the old fortress. But did the tour group learn from that history in the struggle to rebuild after the war, or did they repeat the mistakes of their ancestors and doom humanity to extinction?
Takes place in the same multiverse as The Last Man on Earth Club (but reading either one first is not required)
THE INEVITABLE APOCALYPTIC CONSEQUENCE OF TIME TRAVEL
NOVELLA - 19,000 WORDS
Celtic Britain in the year 72. The Abbasid Caliphate in the year 803. The Empire of Japan in the year 1940. The Republic of India in the year 2025.
Time travel isn’t discovered once. It happens four times in human history. And every time, it is used as a weapon of war: to spy on the enemy, to predict their plans, to sabotage their strategy – or to send assassins to kill their leaders before they can act.
But in every instance, the final act of escalation is against the person who discovered time travel in the first place. They will be aided by those who will benefit from the invention – and attacked by those who will suffer.
Sooner or later, the outcome will be inevitable…
MOMENT OF EXTINCTION
SHORT STORY - 4,000 WORDS
The last survivors of a doomed world have been rescued and brought to safety in another universe, but they’re still dying out. All their rescuers can do is take them to see the ocean one last time – and try to persuade them to let their last child survive.
A prequel to The Last Man on Earth Club.