The idea for Shatterer of Worlds is something I have toyed with for many years. I studied Peter Brook’s production of The Mahabharata back when I was working on a degree in Theatre, and I often wondered about the feasibility of transferring such a grand scale story to the world of science fiction. The story is very much about good vs evil, great wars and power struggles, so it surprised me that no one had ever attempted such a thing before.
NaNoWriMo 2010 gave me the perfect outlet to adapt the story into an epic science fiction tale. If I could get 50,000 words of story out of it, I knew I would be onto something, and it turns out that I did. My next thought was to consider how I wanted to tell the story. In the past few months, I’ve self-published a few ebooks, but I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of a serialised novel that you come back to week after week. Science Fiction as a genre has its roots in the serial. Many writers from the Golden Age of science fiction got their start writing serials for outlets like Amazing Stories.
I figure, what better novel to tell in this format than an epic tale like The Mahabharata? This won’t be a “shot-for-shot” re-telling of the story by any means, although a lot of the characters and situations will be similar. However, I believe it will be the perfect introduction for many readers to this most famous Sanskrit epic.
So here it is, my little experiment.