The novel is finished! 270 pages containing 100,000 words of epic science fiction action and far out comedy is sitting here on my computer - and now its time to force it in front of people's faces. The path of the journey should go something like this: Proofread. Polish. Beta Readers. Polish more. Synopsis. Query. Send. Send. Send. Deal with rejection. Something, Something. Fame! (If you know of any more steps I should follow, please comment!) I've printed out hard copies of the manuscript and forced my giant bricks of bound paper upon friends and family - with a red pen tied to its spine. Hopefully having my book floating around in their house will remind them to read it (a lot better than a file on a computer, and my nagging, ever would) And while they are away reading it (and me too of course) I've worked with a very knowledgeable friend to help me bring my synopsis into existence. I present it now for your critiques and comments: --------------------------- THIS IS THE LATEST EDITED VERSION OF THE SYNOPSIS --------------------------- Sorcery and the Art of Giant Robot Maintenance. We meet our heroes during a crisis. On a planet where humans are a minority that are hated due to an ancient war, Arnon Ray - a robot builder - and his son are working against prejudice to become heroes by fighting a giant robot. However, things start to become muddled when another father/son duo - who are also working against prejudice to become heroes by fighting the same giant robot - get in their way. This pair are Fiest, an amateur wizard, and his father. The two teams clash and distract one another, leading to the death of Arnon’s son and Fiest’s father at the hands of the robot. But Arnon and Fiest are clearly marked as ‘destined to be together’. For, at this time, a dark spirit emerges and informs them that there is a ‘greater destiny’ that will unfold if they stay together. They work together and manage to save the city from this robot. But, despite this promise of destiny, the two of them are being separated by the forces of confusion. Even though they destroyed the giant robot, the prejudice against humans prevents them from coming forward as the heroes that saved the day. Now, the entire planet is plunged into a state of confusion, miscommunication and frustration. Where did the robot come from? Who made it? Who destroyed it? And – is there another one on its way? The villains of the story, a group of evil aliens who did not build the original robot, make things worse by constantly betraying each other, and by manipulating the public’s opinion to meet their nefarious desires. The confusion gets more convoluted. One of the villains publicly claims that the robot was built by two humans that Arnon and Fiest coincidentally fit the profile of. They are seen as these ‘made up terrorists’. However, fiction starts to become a reality when Arnon finds the plans for the original robot. Building it may be the only way to save the city from further attacks. The spreading darkness of confusion slowly motivates a team of odd-balls to gather toward Arnon and Fiest. The members of this team are: A girl who won’t stop floating, a murderous battle-droid obsessed with asking his victims for his password, a wizard who can only cast spells when he is drunk, an immature engineering student who is obsessed with making people like him, a warrior-woman who is so intense she frightens her own friends, a fat old alien that looks like a chia-pet, and an archaeology student who is built like a classical fantasy barbarian; but doesn’t realise people see him this way. All of these characters seem useless and ineffectual - and half of them want to arrest Arnon and Fiest for crimes they didn’t commit. Arnon makes a decision that he thinks will clear the confusion and will bring everyone together to reach their foretold destiny - he comes out of hiding and convinces the humans to build a robot that will protect the planet. But, this only makes the darkness of confusion reach its thickest, as the very act of them building the robot is what motivates the villains to build one of their very own. During this ‘who will finish the robot first’ race, the tension for the characters reaches its peak: Fiest loses the ability to cast spells, otherwise he will die. Because society is prejudiced against Arnon, the project is taken from him. And the group of villain’s ingrained desire to betray one another constantly leads them to sabotage their own construction - until one of them goes insane and starts to believe he is a super-hero. When both robots are eventually launched, things go disastrously wrong for our heroes and our villains. As both robot-designs were stolen from the other side, each team has actually built the other team’s robot. Now, neither of them will work unless they agree to swap. After which, a non-battle takes place as neither side wants to damage the thing they’ve worked so hard to build. The climax of the story goes awry. But, by this point, all of the confused characters running around each other have managed to completely distract each other from the real source of the original calamity; for neither side of this fight actually built the original robot. Now, that robots successor arrives and destroys everything both the heroes and villains have been building. In the midst of this ultimate disaster, an understanding of the ‘greater destiny’ finally dawns. Fiest and Arnon meld together their magical and technological abilities to create a heroic robot that can defeat their horrific foe. After a long battle the heroes are victorious. Everybody breathes a sigh of relief as the world is free from the darkness of confusion, and life goes back to normal. --------------------------- And that's the synopsis! IT IS TOO LONG. 800 words. Needs to be 500-600. But I don't know how to cut it down any further without confusing the reader.