“Alien occupation has never been so dark and sexy. Occupied Earth is The Fifth Wave meets Robopocalypse, in the best way possible.” -Michelle Gagnon, author of the PERSEFONE series
"While most of these stories are geared toward action, there’s a lot of social commentary to unpack. Martyrs and collaborators, traitors and heroes, the darkness of war and the power of hope…it’s all covered here. I’m impressed how much of the world and its revised history they were able to cover without it feeling expository or clunky. The narrative universe feels cohesive and genuine, making it easy to invest yourself in the champions and villains alike. Occupied Earth is collaborative sci-fi done right." -Manhattan Book Review
For over 100 years science fiction writers and filmmakers have
speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by another planet. The first was laid down in the classic H. G. Wells book THE WAR OF THE WORLDS wherein the Earth, invaded by Martians, is on the brink of annihilation, only to be saved at the last moment. Wells’ story has been fascinating the public since its first publication in 1898 and over the years variations of this tale has been told and retold via radio, feature films, and television.
In the ‘50s, fueled by Cold War paranoia, books like the Puppet Masters, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the short story Who Goes There, posit us being invaded from within. More recently the scenarios in TV series such as V and Falling Skies, the films Independence Day, Starship Troopers (based on the book of the
same name) and Battle: Los Angeles have the aliens coming to conquer us but the forces of Earth fight back, be it through an organized military or guerilla forces, and eventually defeat the alien foes.
But what if they weren’t defeated? What if the aliens have been watching usfor some time, not only watching, but have also infiltrated us by using human collaborators or even surgically altering themselves to look human and burying sleepers among us who become a part of our society. What if with their acquired knowledge and a superior military force they not only attack us, but win? What would become of our societies?
OCCUPIED EARTH explores the idea of what the world would be like years after its conquest. What would life be like under the new worldwide regime? What would life be like once the aliens come to power?
OCCUPIED EARTH is a fascinating collection of original short stories based on the premise of what life on Earth would be twenty years after a successful invasion by one particular alien race, the Makh-Ra. But this is not the stereotypical world of wholly decimated cities where humans have been virtually wiped out, kept as slaves or raised as cattle.
Analogous to Vichy France under Nazi occupation or Stalinist Russia, humanity still exists, it still functions, has its police, factories, hospitals, schools, only there’s this new race of occupiers who now govern the planet.
The Mahk-Ra have pressed humans into service in far off-world armies in a great interstellar war. They’ve tapped our resources, and, after so much time have even begun to inter-marry with us, some even manage to live simply with and among us. But, there is never any doubt that they are our superiors and we are the subjugated species. Still, there are various regions across the globe of no-man’s lands, self-governed areas where, even now, anyone, including the Mahk-Ra, enter with caution and reluctance. But overall, the world continues to function. There are still murders to be solved, gangsters running their rackets, small acts of heroism and big acts of political intrigue. And, there is still resistance, still those humans who have never accepted defeat at the hands of the Mahk-Ra, who still dream and fight for a free earth.
But, as much at things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra’s worlds spanning empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major
importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Now the trains rarely run on time, when they run at all, and our planet is no longer the plum assignment it once was. Now it’s the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned; a backwater posting that’s more punishment that promotion. Yet, despite everything, life continues. These stories will bring us face-to-face with annihilation--and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink.