The Skyship Community began as a separatist movement. In protest to the changes in America’s government, a band of rebels hijacked the Skyship Program (a series of large ships developed to ease population control) and set sail for the skies. The ensuing war resulted in the signing of the Hernandez Treaty, which declared the Skyship Community a sovereign nation, essentially hovering on top of another sovereign nation.
The community is comprised of over a hundred ships, though only a few are large enough to be classified as “floating cities.” Most are mid-sized, capable of housing around one to two thousand passengers. Some are not residential at all, though each has an overriding purpose (ie: agri-ships, storage ships, hospitals). The nation’s capital is Skyship Atlas, which hovers symbolically over the ruins of Washington D.C. Skyship Academy, where much of the book’s story takes place, is known to outsiders as a selective college for liberal arts. In reality, it’s a training ground for Pearl Agents.
Author’s Inspiration: I’ve always been in love with the idea of cities in the sky. Of course, the idea of skyships, or floating cities, has been around for a long time, but usually with more emphasis on the technical side. I wanted to humanize the types of people that would live above the clouds. Specifically, the isolation one might feel living in the sky really appealed to me.
Terms to know:
The Hernandez Treaty - resulted in the creation of the International Skyline, an invisible, horizontal border that keeps the Skyships and the Surface separate.
The Tribunal - the Skyship Community’s acting government, comprised of three representatives.
Skyship Academy - a training ground for would-be Pearl Agents. After all, the community relies on Pearl Power to keep its ships aloft.
Sound cool doesn’t it? And don’t forget to check out today’s other stop on the tour over at http://www.prationality.com/ were Poisoned Rationality has an interview with Author Nick James. The tour continues tomorrow over at Reading Fever so make sure you stop over there!
And don’t forget to visit each blog each day to find the answers to the 8 clues. How the clues work: Throughout the tour's 15 stops, there will be 8 clues scattered on the blogs. Make sure you go to every stop on the tour so you can find the clues. These clues spell out a secret coordinate and you need this coordinate so you can win on the last stop of the tour over at Frenzy of Noise.
If you win, you win a supplemented copy of the book a bonus Skyship diagram and bonus chapter or annotation. A pretty cool prize if I do say so myself.
So go ahead an make you check out all the stops on the tour and pre-order Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars out September 8, 2011.