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by Alex McGilvery


When age rules the country, it’s hard being young.
Trey runs away from the youth reserve sure he’s no more than spare parts for a father he barely remembers. The Council of Elders has its own questions about him. When Trey finds the Underground and joins the fight to give rights back to the Youngers, he starts a chain of events beyond anyone’s control.


“Sci-fi is often at its best when it does take social issues unfolding today, and puts a little distance of time on the matter, setting it in the future so perhaps we can tackle our real world problems going on today better with the aid of the psychological buffer of time and space. And in that spirit, this book lives up to the task marvelously.”


“Really intriguing!”


“I was fascinated reading this novel and comparing the underlying principles of Trey’s country with the realities of this world we live in. You can’t afford to skip this one. It will make you take a fresh look at what will and won’t work for the democracy we live in today.”




CIR: What inspired this dystopian world?

McGILVERY: As part of an online contest I had to collaborate with other artists to create a story with an illustration/photo/manipulated photo. My short story contribution become the scene at the underpass where Trey meets Red for the first time.

CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?

McGILVERY: To be honest, I like Joe, the old codger who is the point-of-view character from the elder’s. Though older than anyone around him realizes, he has his own secrets and agenda. The opening scene with him comparing scotch to the blues sax music was another entry in a web contest.

CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?

McGILVERY: Making everything make sense. This is a good example of why you should do world-building first. I kept having to go back and fix things so the story was possible.

CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?

McGILVERY: It isn’t like recent dystopias with completely different societies, it’s more a possible near future. Think Bladerunner with youth instead of androids and less sex and violence. The discussion of what is human is similar.

CIR: What themes do you address in this story?

McGILVERY: What does it mean to be human? How do we organize our communities around that understanding. Sounds boring, but I never address it directly, just the consequences of less than perfect decisions. Perhaps the idea we are responsible for the societies we create, and we can make friends in strange places.

CIR: How long does it take you to write a book.

McGILVERY: Generation Gap is one of those books which came together piecemeal. The first stories were written almost a decade ago. My first draft came out of NaNoWriMo in 2009. A couple of years after that, I tried to build on that draft to bring it up to enough words to submit to a publisher. I ended up cutting most of them. Then in 2015, I started working with editors and critique groups to get it ready to publish February 2017. So it could have taken ten years or a month, depending on how you want to count the time. The odd thing is my 2008 NaNo project, which has even a longer history (dot matrix printers are involved) is coming out in May. On the flip side to the decades long process are the books I’ve written for the 3DayNovel contest, some of which I published that same year. I work on a book until it’s ripe, then it’s off into the world.


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