Following the charity project Seasons of War, Altrix books is releasing a series of books continuing the story. The range is The Chronosmith Chronicles and starts with After Vincent by Paul Driscoll. It looks intriguing and the press releases gives a lot of details…
The Chronosmith Chronicles #1: After Vincent by Paul Driscoll
In 83rd century Humania on the refugee moon Kat A, a religion dedicated to the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh becomes the cover for an audacious art heist by newly installed High Priest, Theo Treeves.
The Chronosmiths – Tor Fasa, Kendo, Mordicai and Savalia – are assigned by the multi-species employment agency Aliens for Hire to investigate Treeves. Has he been breaking strict anti-time travel laws to acquire new originals to display in the Yellow Temple… can they catch him in the act… and just what is he hiding inside the mysterious Blackest of Blacks room?
Journeying across Vincent’s timeline, the Chronosmiths have their own agenda in play, one that could turn the Goghian faith upside down as they uncover the truth behind the myth and the man behind the paintings.
The Chronosmiths’ mission is to correct and respond to false and misleading history. This could be anything from a lie passed down within a single family to a myth that has propped up a centuries-old intergalactic war. In After Vincent readers will encounter their first such mission: visiting legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh, who has become the central figure in an 83rd century religion known as Goghianism.
The story explores not only the nature of religion, but also the mythos surrounding the artist and his mental illness — though, Driscoll points out, with care:
“I have endeavoured to avoid sensationalising Vincent’s story, or making out that aliens had any substantial influence on either his work or his mental state. So if they are around in the fields of Auvers or thereabouts, we will find them experiencing Vincent’s story, not shoehorning him into theirs.”
Five further books are planned for the first run: Eleanor’s Tears by Dennison, Art of History by Jon Arnold, The Importance of Glass Slippers by M.H. Norris, Sceptre of the Innocents by Paul Driscoll, and The Hummingbird Conspiracy by Kara Dennison. Ginger Hoesly supplies cover art and design for the line.