About this novel

The structure of this novel is an experiment. The chapters don’t have a sequential order. You can get to the first chapter from the title page, but after that each chapter contains multiple links that you could follow to explore the story in different directions, or from different points of view. Each chapter is a little vignette about people or events on Planet GJ-1214b. You can read each chapter as a short story by itself, but as you explore the web of connected chapters you will also see larger plots, story arcs, and themes. How these elements of the story reveal themselves to you will depend on how you explore.

Explaining every technical detail of the biology, sociology and culture of the people of planet GJ-1214b would take an entire book by itself, and not a very interesting one at that. If you’re the sort who enjoys figuring things out on your own, you should be able to dive right into this novel and have fun. All of the information you need is there, scattered throughout the chapters. You can discover it as the story unfolds.

If you find that frustrating, or you are simply eager to learn about the details of this alien planet and race before you dive into the novel, you can use the links on the left side-bar to read through the background information about the planet, the biology, and the culture where the novel is set.

Either way, once you are ready, you can begin your journey into this novel by heading to first chapter; Tagg.