Sunset of Furmankind
Sunset of Furmankind is a novel by Ted R. Blasingame, the creator and primary writer of the Blue Horizon series, the result of a three-year endeavor to write a new human/furman transformation tale that was completed in September 2011. The 727 page trade paperback is available through the author's Lulu Press bookstore, as well as online to read chapter by chapter.
"Follow one man's journey through psychological demons, pain and revelation through an unwanted transformation into the life of a beast destined to explore other worlds."
Convicted on the murder of a furman in a crime of passion, Brian Barrett is given an alternative sentencing to a violent capital punishment by volunteering for the Anthro-Human Colonization Program, where people are genetically altered to give them an edge in survival on new worlds opened for settlement to ease the crowding of Earth. Surrounded by furmankind and harboring a deep prejudice against the abominations, he is forced into a new identity and reeducated with extrasolar colonization skills. He must then live with the knowledge that he will become one of them in an irreversible process that will end in a journey to another world where they will be his only companions. The long and painful transformation takes a physical and psychological toll that he must endure in order to survive.
A follow-up novel called "Second Chance" was completed in the spring of 2014. Another story set in this universe called "A Wilder West" was written concurrently with "Second Chance" and completed in the summer of 2014.
The original novel was over 333,000 words in length, so in late 2015 it was split into two books with the three sequential novels now making up "The Chronicles of Furmankind" — Book 1: Sunset of Furnankind, Book 2: Lost in the Wilderness and Book 3: Second Chance. Since A Wilder West is not a direct sequel to the original "Sunset" storyline, it was not included as part of the Chronicles.
- Fictional Life (The author's website)
- Fictional Fiction (The author's books on Lulu.com)
- Fred Patten/Flayrah Review of Sunset of Furmankind