Time’s Running Out! “Evolution of the Predator” is Going Away SOON

UPDATE 30 May 2020: This has been updated to account for the takedown of the book.

Evolution of the Predator is Heading to The Vault!

The Evolution of the Predator

The 2015 Evolution of the Predator was written during a National Novel Writing Month and follows an idea I’d had for quite some time. It’s a quaint survival science fiction currently available for free on the blog.

Antoinette crash lands on the planet Osmina, home to a xenophobic species still in an early, tribal phase of development. In order to uphold Earth’s directive to remain as uninvolved as possible with alien life, she tries to remain hidden and survive for the two years before a rescue party will arrive. A curious elder cast out of its nomadic tribe throws a wrench in her plans and efforts, pitting Antoinette’s conscience against her duty.

However, this book won’t be free for long! Next week, the Free, Downloadable PDF of Evolution of the Predator is going away for an unspecified amount of time (maybe even forever), so you’ll need to get it NOW if you want to read it.

Why Am I Doing This?

Though I can attest that the story itself is pretty interesting, especially if you’re into heady, quiet sci-fi, it hasn’t been edited quite as well as something I would like to have self or traditionally published. In an effort to either show only my best work or participate with the community, I’m taking down all serially posted novels on my website, starting with Evolution of the Predator.

Don’t Let the Vault Swallow This Quietly!

Go to the Evolution of the Predator home page and either read each post (removal dates posted on each chapter) or download the PDF while they last.

Have you posted any work serially? Leave a comment below so that I or other readers can check out the story! I understand from experience how hard it is to do a serial because readers who don’t start when you post part one are rarely going to head to the beginning and churn through the rest. How did you keep your serial going?

Cheers and happy reading!

9 thoughts on “Time’s Running Out! “Evolution of the Predator” is Going Away SOON

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha, don’t worry about it. It’s not really as good as I would hope – I just didn’t want to take it down without an announcement, since anything else I do with it may go behind some sort of paywall. Not sure yet. But thanks for being a friend! 🙂

  1. crispina kemp says:

    I have downloaded, although I don’t know when I’ll get round to reading it. The way you outline it reminds me of a sci-fi story I read back at the beginning of time: The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff (and I still have the book!)
    And yea, I’ve posted 9 serialised stories in all (since 2012). Feast Fables (now published as The Spinner’s Game). Neve (currently being read by betas as Learning to Fly), Alsalda, the next one to be published. King’s Wife, ditto, although it needs a complete reshuffle. Priory Project (sci-fi time-slip); Can of Worms (another historical time-slip which I will eventually tidy and publish). Chronicles of Mideer (totally weird fantasy) and Roots of Rookeri. I’d like to rework that one. But I reckon that’s enough to be going on with. Oh yea, and most recently, Grandma’s Attic, which kinda evolved from an intended one episode short story.
    With the exception of Grandma’s Attic and Chronicles of Mideer, these were all in their second draft before I posted them at the rate of ca. 2k words an episode. And always that short recap… In last week’s episode…

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Yeah, this was posted at about draft 1.5. I’d written it, done some edits, rewrote a couple chapters entirely, but that was about it. I think the general idea of the story is fine, but goodness – if I were to re-release it, the epilogue would be entirely scrapped.

      • crispina kemp says:

        It’s not unusual… I’d say it was usual… that when we think about going public, what had seemed passable becomes a glaring embarrassment that must be amended

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      The reason I put it up on the blog in the first place was I wanted my mom to read it. I found out WAAAAY after putting up this story that she never made a single click onto it. I just never took it down to edit – so now I might edit to publish, but a large part of me feels like it’s not currently within the publishing zeitgeist.

      Either way, it’s not up to the standard I want to evoke right now, so it’s going away.

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