The Genesis Initiative

Ryan Whiting submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


The Genesis Initiative is the first part of a planned sci-fi and post-apocalyptic trilogy. Almost seventy years after alien invaders conquer Earth, two young men become entwined in the fight to liberate humanity. Genesis follows two protagonists, Kane and Niklas, in separate but connected stories. Kane fights his way out of a cruel and unforgiving life in Sonara — the remnants of southwestern United States — making new friends and confronting old enemies in the desert. Niklas, having lived most of his life in Kalthem, an isolated portion of Sweden, is forced into a mad dash towards the city of Rome while the tyrannical extraterrestrial government hunts him and his brother Erik.


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About Ryan

Wheaton College

Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, Ryan Whiting is 18 and attends Wheaton College. He is currently studying under the Film and New Media Studies major, with a potential minor in English or Computer Science. A big inspiration for his novel, The Genesis Initiative, was the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. His favorite author and book is J.R.R. Tolkien, with his masterpiece of fantasy epics, The Lord of the Rings.

His entry, The Genesis Initiative, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Fall Semester prize: