Gail Carriger, author of the New York Times bestselling Parasol Protectorate series, has enlisted the help of an entire production team – and her fans – to introduce the world to her latest story, Crudrat.
ArtisticWhispers Productions are working alongside the author to produce a full-cast audiobook of the novel. The rights to Crudrat, described as “golden age-style science fiction brought into the 21st century” were brought by audio producer and long-time friend of Carriger, Dan Sawyer.
Carriger, a self-described “avowed podcast addict” is excited to see the project take off.
“I happen to adore audiobooks. I think the narrative voice in Crudrat favors audio. Most of my books do. You see I grew up without a television listening to books on tape. I read at least one draft of every book I write out loud. For me audio is an intimate part of the author’s medium,” said Carriger.
Sawyer’s introduction to Crudrat was as a friend and a fan, and he quickly became passionate about sharing Carriger’s story with the rest of the world.
“I first heard about Crudrat a couple months after Orbit bought Soulless. Gail was getting excited about writing it and started talking about it when we’d go out for coffee. The more she talked, the more intrigued I got, and I asked to read it – she said I’d have to wait for the paperback. A few months later, when Soulless came out and really hit it big, Gail decided that it was smarter to finish that series than to have two series in different genres competing. When she told me this, I asked if I could read it since it wouldn’t be out anytime soon. She passed me the manuscript, and a few weeks later, I settled down and read Crudrat, and it blew my socks off,” said Sawyer.
Sawyer spoke of Crudrat with that “evangelical zeal” all fans are familiar with.
“Crudrat was something special. There’s a very particular tradition in Science Fiction of the Boy’s Adventure Novel, epitomized by RA Heinlein back in the 1950s. Most [modern]YA SF is fantasy with spaceships – and, great though it may be, it fails at capturing the gutsy determination, the struggles with integrity and identity, and the disappointments and risks that so engulf life in the middle-teen years, as one begins to come to terms with what it will mean to soon be on one’s own. The old Heinlein books, and many in that golden-age tradition, did that very well. But they wrote for boys. What Gail’s done is written a Girl’s Adventure Novel that, in my opinion, stands toe-to-toe with the best of those golden age books. The world building, the themes, the ideas, the characterization – all excellent, as you would expect from her,” said Sawyer.
But Carriger’s story is only half the project. The rest will be smoothed out during audio production, and for Crudrat to make it that far, ArtisticWhispers Productions need funds. Which is why on October 1st the team involved in Crudrat will be launching a Kickstarter campaign.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site which has seen the launch of thousands of creative projects. The Crudrat Kickstarter campaign aims to raise the $7,000 needed for production by October 31st. If successful, production on Crudrat will begin and Carriger’s science fiction adventure will be released as a full-cast, scored audiobook. Hardcover copies of Crudrat will be available exclusively to funders during the campaign.
Carriger is fully supportive of the campaign, and has nothing but praise for the team responsible for bringing Crudrat to life.
“I do want Dan and the voice talent to be compensated for their time, hence the Kickstarter. When Dan offered to whisk it away into a full cast audio I couldn’t have been more pleased. This is a way for me to pass the project over to someone I trust, so that I can continue writing, make my deadlines for my publishers, and meet the expectations of my regular readers,” said Carriger.
Carriger sensibly shelved Crudrat to focus on the sequels to her steampunk adventure, but now both Carriger and Sawyer feel that now is the right time to reintroduce Crudrat to the world.
“The book is very dear to me and so different from my Parasol Protectorate universe. Crudrat gave me an opportunity to stretch my writing muscles in different ways,” said Carriger.
“I wish I’d had it on my nightstand or in my tape deck when I was twelve,” Sawyer said. “It’s time for this story to find its place in the world.”
Sawyer and his team have been in pre-production since early summer, preparing for the crowdfunding campaign to begin. The campaign for Crudrat launches on Kickstarter on October 1st. Find out more and listen to audio previews from ArtisticWhispers at www.crudrat.com. For more about Gail Carriger, visit her website.