I’ve picked these two other books as references because they are science fiction that provided commentary on the times they were written in. Humanity 2.0 starts in 2061 and the story spans the next forty years.
What is the book about?
This is my back cover hype.
If you discovered the secret of eternal life would you share it with a world like this one?
The story of Humanity 2.0 takes place at the intersection of Tom Clancy Drive and Michael Crichton Avenue. A science fiction tale of the near future unfolds against the background of a geopolitical crisis which is all too easy to imagine.
If you want to know how two scientists Adam Masters and Harry Chang changed the world for the better when every vested interest wanted to change it to suit themselves, Humanity 2.0 shows you how they pulled off the biggest confidence trick the world will ever see and the consequences it caused for the future of humankind.
Humanity 2.0 are you ready for the reboot?
The story takes the science and politics of today and projects them forward to the end of the century. It should appeal to readers who like `what if’ scientific developments like Jurassic Park and political power plays. If that is you then hopefully you will enjoy an entertaining story.
What does a Beta reader do?
Wikipedia provides a succinct definition.
`An alpha reader or beta reader … is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.
Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.’
In essence a beta reader is a critical friend who is a fan of the genre and is willing to provide detailed comments to make the book as good as it can be.
What do you want me to do?
If you are interested in the story I would like you to read the 90,000 word manuscript, approximately 300 pages in paperback form, by 20 June 2016 and provide me with detailed feedback that can help me improve plot, characterisation and dialogue. You can do this by helping to spot anything that is confusing, unbelievable or dull (CUD).
Please provide honest comments on any CUD you find. I promise you will not offend me with any reasoned criticism.
I realise this is quite a lot of work and I estimate it would take at about 30 hours depending on your reading and writing speed.
How will you provide the draft?
In a format that is easiest for you. I could provide Word, PDF, Ebook or Kindle Mobi . The easiest for me is PDF because that way I can be sure that all comments on page 25 are looking at the same page. If you want another format please ensure you give the chapter reference for each comment you make.
How do you want my comments?
Again it’s what suits you. A long email or a Word document are probably most practical.
What will you offer me?
You will get a free copy of the final published version in print and ebook. Also if you are a writer yourself I would be happy to beta read your work.
What do I do next?
If you are interested in beta reading Humanity 2.0 please contact me at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org