From Virtual Opera to Sci-fi Novel: Libertaria
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I have also started writing the novel form of Libertaria. Why a novel? Converting the modern opera into a riveting sci-fi novel floated around in my head considerably when I was writing down the notes for Libertaria in my handy journal. The idea behind the opera, of an orphan girl searching for her lost mother in a world where genetics has gone mad, was originally the notes for a novel that I will never complete. I developed the characters considerably since then. The character Libertaria has developed from an adult geneticist experimenting unknowingly on her mother to a young girl who escapes an evil genetics factory. These changes, including developing an entire cast of interesting and incredibly flawed characters, gave life to the modern opera. But Libertaria is only a feature length film, and 70 minutes is not enough time to explain the backstories behind each character:
Why does Gabe speak through a nanorobotic voicebox?
What is the secret behind Lucinde and Miguel's relationship?
Where did Libertaria get her name?
Who invented Metal Ink?
What was Libertaria's mother's name?
These questions and more remain unknown in the film, yet form an important backstory to the modern opera Libertaria.
The novel version is a gift to future viewers of the final opera. It will provide an interesting playbook meant to enhance the viewing experience, much like knowing about Tolkien's universe helps you better understand the nuances in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and upcoming Hobbit films.
I am 4000 words into the manuscript, which is considerable considering the other thousands that I write professionally and in my media class. My goal is to release the novel
To be honest, writing the novel fulfills the dreams of a young girl who wrote fantastical stories of horror, aliens, and mystery well before fulfilling your dreams was a click away.
If you would like a digital prelease of the Libertaria sci-fi novel, leave a comment below, and I will send you a copy when I complete the first draft.