The world ended in 1964 and was reborn in 1974. Oscar lives in Terratoria, a city run by the NFT (New Fathers of Terratoria), who enforce the religion of Zyrelism and hunt down nonconformers. Living in a precarious balance between starvation, drugs, and death, Oscar manages to survive. Until the day he finds himself outside the NFT's protection, thrown into a wasteland destroyed by nuclear war, famines, fanatics and mercenaries. And then he begins to ask himself; is the watchful eye of Zyrel really as bad as he had always thought?
Over the course of 2021, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops.
Year of the Novella is one of Story Factory’s most intensive programs. Throughout 2021, a committed group of young writers came to workshops every week – first at Story Factory in Parramatta; then, when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, over Discord. Through these and many other disruptions, the young people in this program continued to write and support each other. This novella was written as part of that project.Year of the Novella 2021 was made possible thanks to the support of the McLean Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, Key Foundation and Pantera Press Foundation.