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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Creative Work

Degree Name

English: English Studies: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Shannon Olson

Second Advisor

Sharon Cogdill

Third Advisor

Judith Kilborn

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Science-fiction, Speculative-fiction


This is the first third of a full length novel called New Blood. The novel is light science fiction or might even be considered speculative fiction. While I do not emphasize the dystopian aspect of my world, the label of dystopian fiction would also not be inaccurate. I see this as eventually being a novel of about 400 pages. The basic premise is a medical advancement in cell therapy which renders natural death obsolete. The main character is skeptical of the widespread use of such treatment and offers the reader a relatable perspective on this future world. The novel will expand beyond the main character slightly but will mostly stay tightly focused on a few characters rather than giving a view of the whole world. The glimpses of the world beyond will come through the characters’ limited viewpoints.

I have gotten inspiration from a large variety of authors but Michael Crichton and Stephen King stand out to me the most. Crichton’s scientific realism and King’s focus on realistic character development drove many of my stylistic decisions.