The Archive is a gritty science fiction adventure that follows a father and son trying to survive in a harsh and barbaric world in the aftermath of The Fall, when the world is no longer ruled by just mankind and a second dark age has come about as a result. And when remanent technology meshes with a fallen society, the results can be... well, you'll just have to read on to find out.
I'm personally a big fan of Steampunk, Dieselpunk, and Cyberpunk settings, but considering this takes place far in the future, I wanted to create a new unique style which I am deeming Postsolarpunk for the time being. It's difficult to imagine a time when we will no longer have oil at our disposal, but when that happens, what next? The Archive revolves around the possibility that civilization will at some point turn almost entirly to solar energy, and yet it still won't be enough to stop The Fall.
This idea and setting has been one I've been constructing in my head for over a year now and it's finally time to put it on paper, so to speak. As my first novel attempt, I've decided to write The Archive in the form of a blog. I thought it would be more fun this way rather than just trying to write the whole thing and hopefully publishing it then. Thus, it is a work in progress and may continue to evolve as I write it over time. Nothing here is necessarily final, but I invite you to come along for the ride.
Writing has always been a passion of mine, although it is certainly a hobby, not a career. So with that, thank you for checking out my book-in-the-works. Any feedback is much appreciated, though please keep it to constructive criticism. And if you are enjoying what I'm writing, let me know. The more support I get, the more I'll be motivated to work on it often and put out new chapters sooner. Don't forget to follow me via Facebook, Google+, or Twitter and I'll keep you posted whenever I release new content.
-Ryan Walker

The Archive
a small introduction


My new concept art piece "chimeras" is now completed and posted on my artwork page. Check it out! All artowrk I have painted myself using Photoshop and this latest one probably took me over 50 hours from start to finish.
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Chapter 1
"How many do you see?"

"Five." Jesse looked up from the scope of the rifle he was holding and glanced over at his father who was lying prone in the grass beside him, scanning the landscape with a set of partially oxidized trinoculars they'd found a few days ago.

"You sure you haven't missed one?"