A catastrophic event has taken place on Earth. In the mid-21st century, an immense water cloud passes through our solar system, leaving behind oceans of water, part of which still hangs in low Earth orbit as an impenetrable cloak.
The Clearsky Chronicles begins in the 23rd century, on a flooded Earth gripped by an Ice Age that stretches around the globe. It tells the story of the people who are part of the secret plan to eliminate this sunlight blocking cloak and Cerebus: The powerful company that rules Earth and resides in the fortress ark called Rhone.
Many of the characters in The Clearsky Chronicles are given city names. Early on, we meet MEDcadets Odessa, Winnipeg, Lisbon, and Seville. They are taught by their professor Shiraz and his assistant Tralee. For the parents of the freeborn of Rhone, along with the managers of the Human Embryo Development System (HEDS), giving the names of Earth’s drowned cities to infants serves to honor the dead, but also to help focus the learning processes when that child first enters a Gakshu unit.
Anyone experiencing the Gakshu must have a firm grip on who they are. A person who is uncentered is liable to have the information provided to them scattered. Thus, a pre-supplied background, such as details of the given Name City helps the student concentrate on retaining the information provided by the automated instructional unit.
TLDR; This post will give a (mostly spoiler free) summary of what happens in each one of the first six episodes of THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES
With ICEFALL (available in both ebook and print!) you’ll note the book is divided into six episodes.
As with most things having to do with ICEFALL, it didn’t start out this way. But as the book stretched out, we found that it divided up into episodes all by itself. (Yes, like the little elves who cobbled the shoes while the shoemaker slept, the paws of tiny cats danced across my keyboard and edited the thing into 20,000 word chunks. I leave out cream for them every morning.)