Scientists have cloned Planet Earth!
Fourteen-year-old Danny Ringrose’s parents vanished without trace a year ago. His father, the famous scientist, ridiculed for repeated attempts at cloning stones. For three years Danny has watched the mysterious building site next to his house, with its single pit hidden by a ring of cabins. Yet Danny can see the pit from his bedroom window, and he has watched the strange machinery being delivered to it, never to return, and the sombre scientist who occasionally pokes his head out, wanting nothing more than to remain unnoticed. Danny knows there is something important happening right beneath his town… beneath his house! Could it be connected to his parents’ disappearance?
Intrigued by the cryptic comments of Rasmus Creece, a feared stand-in teacher at Danny’s school who seems to know more about the building site – and what lies beneath it – than he is telling, Danny takes it upon himself to investigate… and stumbles into a hidden facility right beneath the site, where a team of renegade scientists headed by Danny’s father have succeeded in not only cloning a single stone, but in creating Segnimedia, a carbon copy of Planet Earth, a planned new home for all Mankind reachable only through a terrifying transmitter known as the Smash-Hypo’.
But Danny’s father is nowhere to be found, and it soon becomes apparent that enemies are striving to bring the Project down, to utilize his father’s discoveries for a darker purpose, one which threatens the future of humanity.
Only Danny can fight the evil on the Empty World…
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Andrew was inspired to write The Empty World after formulating theories about a delayed building site not far from his house. The old property had been torn down and a barren stretch of dirt had replaced it for four long years, during which time all the workmen did was dig one pit and remove countless tonnes of dirt from its depths. Then, suspiciously, the row of houses at the back of the site all had to be abandoned after drilling on the site unsettled the foundations. Andrew managed to convince himself that something weird was happening right beneath his house. Perhaps a nuclear bunker, perhaps something else. He thought it would make a fun story about a boy who built up the theories he was building, but unlike Andrew, a boy who would stop at nothing to investigate.
But it had to be worth the energy. It had to be more than simply, ‘I wonder what they’re doing down there.’ So Andrew thought and thought about it, searching for a plot – and then the obvious struck him: Danny’s missing Dad had cloned the world! (No, really…)
Andrew is still convinced there’s a Smash-Hypo’ hidden underneath that site, and he checks out what they’ve built there as often as he can, hoping to find a trapdoor in the floor. He hasn’t found one yet…
Watch this space for Book 2 The Big Bang Machine and Book 3 Space Time Zero…
Andrew also had a former life as Several Sided Sid, when he constructed downloadable multiplayer levels based on scenes from the Star Wars movies for the hit game Jedi Academy, which allowed an avid fan base to create, upload and download anything they could produce from their imagination as arenas in which to hold online duels and free-for-alls, or even just for a wander. Hidden cans of coke were regularly stashed somewhere in Sssid’s maps, as a way to encourage players to explore.
Check out his work as Sssid here: