Going Forth

by Clive Semmens

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It's 2024, on a timeline that diverged from yours in the late 1970s. "Going Forth" is a sequel to "Pawns." In 1990, in "Pawns", Pete, Persie, and Merly were in their mid-twenties. They're now about sixty. Little Mikey is one of their grandchildren. Life is very different now almost everyone in the world is gone, but for Mikey (who is six), it's just how life is - until the family decides that as a matter of survival it has to undertake a huge expedition. Thousands of miles in a post-apocalyptic world… As usual, the "Genre" information is nonsense…

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Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Europe
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Time Period: 2020 - 2029

Main Character

Age: Child
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Uneasy/Tense
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Nature-based survival action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Significant romantic themes
Genre Science Fiction
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements transcend modern science
  • Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
  • Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
  • Science well beyond modern definitions, bordering on fantasy
Setting Type:
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Space
Time Period:
  • 2020 - 2030
  • 2030 - 2050
  • 2050 - 2100
  • 2100 - 2200
  • 2200 - 3000
  • Far Future (3000+)


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About the author

Clive Semmens

Clive Semmens was born in 1949 in London, and grew up in Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, England. He has degrees in Engineering and Mathematics (1st class honours). He's had a varied career in engineering, research, teaching, teacher training and lecturing, publishing and technical writing. He retired in 2007, and now spends his time writing novels, short stories, and articles on various topics, particularly environmental issues. He stood for parliament as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 UK general election. He's been a frequent visitor to India since 1983, mainly to spend time with his wife's many relatives there - they were married there in 1984. They are widely traveled within Europe, much less so elsewhere (apart from India). He speaks and writes French, German and Hindi to a useful but not high standard.

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