About the Book
The year is 2028.
Over the past several decades, the world has become increasingly fractioned into smaller city states within the geographic boundaries of larger nation states, with corporations now running entire city states of their very own. Innovation is on the rise, as is despair, with most people trying to do what the nation states are doing: muddle through. As years go by, it seems that the whole globe has become divided into two types of places: free cities and walled cities.
In the free city of Missing Mile, North Carolina, two people meet in the town square one night, surrounded by decrepit stonework and the broken-down odds and ends of a city in steady economic decline. She is haunted by a past that is never far behind her, while he is just trying to live his life in relative peace, no longer trying to make sense of how strange it all seems.
Before the end of the night, they will discover that meeting each other is just the tip of the iceberg.
About the Editor
Devastation Born Writing Collective grew from a group of friends who played around with turn-based and freeform roleplay for about a decade. At some point, we realized that not only had we made some compelling characters and storylines, but that we had built an entire metaverse around them.
Not wanting to let these stories just fade into a series of evaporated game sessions, we set out to turn these stories into something that people could actually read. We started making stories in tiny little chunks called Storylets, basically tiny pieces of a broader interconnected narrative. Bringing together the best of zine culture and penny dreadfuls, most Storylets are between 5000-10000 words.
Along the way, our writer-members began producing other works, releasing a two-act stage play, Amrita, and a soon-to-be-released novella, Call the Dawn.