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Chaz Brenchley: Mars Imperial

The Crater School

"English girls' boarding-school stories. On Mars."

That was the original elevator pitch for Chaz'z Patreon: a very focused project, to let him write something from the heart that was not likely to prove commercially viable. His lifelong love for the Chalet School books of Elinor M Brent-Dyer is an open secret: one morning that coupled in his head with the Old Mars that he was already writing stories about, and he simply couldn't resist. "If Mars were a province of the British Empire," he argues, "of course it would need boarding-schools for girls (it was already canonical in the stories that boys were sent back to England for their education, but girls were not). Hence the Crater School, on the rim of a crater lake, taking girls from all over the colony, from the great cities of Marsport and New Victoria and Cassini to the pioneer farms on the frontier. With all the concomitant mischief-making, fire and flood, alarms and excursions, encounters with aliens and more. Sickly parents in the sanatorium across the lake. Old girls marrying doctors. Picnics and midnight feasts, secret tunnels and great revelations. Oh, and Russian spies for good measure."

The first book in the series, Three Twins at the Crater School, is now finished, and Chaz is having far too much fun to stop. Subscribers have immediate access to that book, and a number of novellas in the same world; plus you can read the second book, Dust-Up at the Crater School, chapter by chapter as he writes it (commonly two chapters a month), along with recipes from Mrs Bailey's Martian Kitchen and occasional other matter.

Read more about what is on offer at Chaz'z Patreon (may include cat pictures).

Three Twins at the Crater School: Chapter 1  |  Chapter 2

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