Children of Destruction Published February 16, 2011Posted by Al Philipson in Uncategorized.
Tags: Eighth Day, last man on earth, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, The Eighth Day
It was originally titled The Eighth Day, but too many people were put off by the title (and it turns out that too many writers have used similar titles). Seems people thought it was a religious book of some sort (unintended consequences of poorly-thought-out choices). While it does have a small element of faith in it (the characters do worry about how their choices will affect their chances in the hereafter), that is hardly the main thrust of the story.
I’ve always thought that authors need to recognize that people (and possibly aliens) DO worry about “higher powers”. Some reject the idea, but they at least think about it. So, just about every society will have some sort of religion either dominant, hanging around, or underground and to ignore that reality is poor writing indeed, no matter what your personal beliefs.
Anyway, I got together with FTL (after a long discussion with some other talented authors and writers) and convinced them to rename the book Children of Destruction.