It is the future, and the Earth is dying. The Antarctic ice has built up, accelerating a freezing process that has now rendered much of the planet uninhabitable. Even the air has begun to condense.
All that remains capable of supporting life is a narrow band of liquid water between the two approaching cliffs of ice — cliffs that are about to slam shut on the remnants of mankind.
Here humanity survives in starving, huddled communities and dreams of impossible things: of blue skies, a sun that doesn’t scorch the skin, and nets full of fish. Here are angry, haunted people like Larm, a boy of the village under the ruins of Kure who raises his eyes to the unknown horizon, and Raddel, the bitter old man who befriends him. Here are Bayne, last ruler of a failed empire, and his twisted brother Shullan.
Here too are Pablo Saracino and Celia Hinkley, burdened with a history of nightmare that stretches back for centuries to a disastrous experiment in a scientific facility in Adelie Land, and the thing of pure horror that was unleashed on the world.
How did these scattered fragments get here to this broken planet? Is there any means of escaping into the paradise they yearn for — somewhere out in that frozen wasteland beyond the walls of heaven?
Hemisphere is an 18-episode TV drama series in novel form. There are six installments in total, building into a single, self-contained novel of more than 360,000 words.
It is not a soap opera. From the very first scene it moves inexorably toward its denouement, 18 hours later.
Hemisphere is an epic, heroic drama on the grandest of scales, and the story of one boy who tumbles into nightmare. Swords clash, great sailing ships plow the frozen seas, and a dragon roams the wastes, but there is nothing here science can’t explain — in the darkest, most frightening reaches of its hubris.
Episodes 1–3 : 53,000 words : 202 pages
Episodes 4–6 : 66,000 words : 242 pages
Episodes 7–9 : 54,000 words : 202 pages
Episodes 10–12 : 68,000 words : 244 pages
Episodes 13–15 : 71,000 words : 248 pages