Stepping Stones, is a novel of adventure, struggle, and triumph, set in a future predetermined by current day excesses. It is a work of speculative fiction without the traditional science fiction hallmarks, written for serious-minded adult and youngMoreStepping Stones, is a novel of adventure, struggle, and triumph, set in a future predetermined by current day excesses.
It is a work of speculative fiction without the traditional science fiction hallmarks, written for serious-minded adult and young adult readers. It is a story of future generations on a world left bare of resources, trying to restore their past while fighting for survival.Following the collapse of civilization and a brutal period of anarchy, stability returns to the planet. Long abandoned regions are being resettled and growing prosperity is encouraging people to dream of a better future.
Their knowledge and technologies exceed our own in a few unique ways, but, for the most part, their society resembles that of the eighteenth century. Wooden ships sail the seas and beasts of burden travel the roads. Little else is possible with few metals and no coal or oil to build the necessary industries. However, scattered ruins provide constant reminders of the successes enjoyed by their ancestors. Driven by what little they know of our time and crippled by what they no longer have, one generation after another tries and fails to rebuild to a level that may never be reached again.The story follows a team of archeological students unearthing an ancient city discovered at the edge of the North American frontier, it follows the combatants sent to defend the region from aggressors with desperate needs, and it follows an unlikely couple as they flee from a garden capital on the Saharan Plain, across the Atlantic, and into the approaching conflict.
As competition for uncovered metals escalates into war, the students find a cache of knowledge that promises to explain the limits faced by their civilization and break the cycle of failures. This can only happen if the cache survives the war and remains in the hands of those that would use it for the good of all rather than the gain of a few.The ensuing chaos tests the will of each character.
Personal lives disintegrate under unfamiliar stresses. Relationships break as others form. Some rise to the challenges they face. Others crumble under burdens they cannot bear and truths they cannot deny.