Peaceful Tomorrows is a black-and-white graphic novel, and is the sequel to The Lesser Evil, which was published by ZetaBella in 2011/12.
Peaceful Tomorrows was published in two parts by 2013 (also by Zetabella). Digital editions (Kindle and PDF) are expected to come out in 2014.
Volume Two is a finalist in the 2013 Aurealis Awards.
After centuries of oppression, things finally seem to be getting better. The enemy has been routed, and democracy is just around the corner. Only the demons of human nature remain to be dealt with...
Six years have passed since Padakan House was defeated in the skies above Earth. Their surrender is imminent and, under Frank Tomhines, the victorious Confederacy is about to restore democracy to its oppressed citizenry.
But dissenters from within the Confederacy oppose both the surrender and the leadership of Frank Tomhines... and forces from outside have their own plans to keep the battle raging. Forced to take matters into his own hands, Frank begins to exploit weaknesses in his own democratic system to maintain control of a galaxy spiraling inexorably toward conflict.
After six years of unsuccessful campaigning to outlaw his homeworld’s chief export, Ross Tillman is pulled unwittingly back into the centre of events. When Frank offers Ross a chance to achieve his goals and protect his world, Ross is forced to make a difficult decision between two equally unpalatable moral outcomes. But there’s even more at stake than Ross realises. It soon becomes clear just how much this decision is going to cost him... but only when it’s far too late.
Peaceful Tomorrows is a graphic novel that explores the consequences of compromising one’s core values, and the painful path to redemption.
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"I really enjoyed the scope and contrast of these conflicts in the book." - Earth Prime Time interview
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From the diaries of Frank Tomhines:
If you had asked me what I wanted when I was a little boy, I would have told you that galactic peace was what I wanted, and that I wanted to be the one to make it happen. For me to have seized power in a military coup is the cruellest of ironies, and one that costs me sleep every night.
When I say that this didn’t happen the way I wanted, no one believes me. It’s inconceivable to me that people seem to think that I planned the entire thing...
Includes bonus story: Thinking Bigger
Takes place towards the end of Peaceful Tomorrows.
The events of Peaceful Tomorrows shook the galaxy. Nothing will ever be the same again. But do we really know what happened?
Thinking Bigger takes a closer look at the life of Frank Tomhines, and the events that led to his rise to power, and his fall from grace. It explores issues of faith and martyrdom.