Leaving Earth

by Warfox

Original COMPLETED Drama Psychological Romance Sci-fi Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Non-Human lead Post Apocalyptic Strong Lead Virtual Reality

After Dr. Hawthorne Crenshaw's university experiences a terrorist attack, he undertakes a titanic effort to colonize a new planet in an effort to rescue some small part of humanity from what he suspects is an unstoppable spiral into a Dark Age on Earth. Subjecting himself to tens of thousands of years of repeated cycles of cryogenic freezing and unfreezing to monitor his passengers, he and his AI T.I.A. shepherd Earth's first, and perhaps only effort into colonizing a new planet.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue: Parting Message ago
Chapter 1: Good Night ago
Chapter 2: Thursday, March 19, 2099, Day One ago
Chapter 3: Friday, March 20, 2099, Day Two ago
Chapter 4: Saturday, March 21, 2099, Day Three ago
Chapter 5: Sunday, March 22, 2099, Day Four ago
Chapter 6: Cycle 2, Wednesday March 23, 2133 ago
Chapter 7: Cycle 2, A Message for Earth ago
Chapter 8: Cycle 2, Silence is a Message All its Own ago
Chapter 9: Cycle 2, Unintended Consequences ago
Chapter 10: Cycle 2, Three Paths ago
Chapter 11: Cycle 3, Tragedy and Comedy ago
Chapter 12: Cycle 3, Planning and Review ago
Chapter 13: Cycle 3, Working it All Out ago
Chapter 14: Cycle 4, Mount Ararat ago
Chapter 15: Cycle 4, Settling in for the Long Haul ago
Chapter 16: Cycle 12, Breakthrough ago
Chapter 17: Cycle 12, Reaching Out ago
Chapter 18: Cycle 12, Ships Passing in the Night ago
Chapter 19: Cycle 12.5, Life Marches On ago
Chapter 20: Cycle 13, Working Against Time ago
Chapter 21: Cycle 13.5, Sacrifices ago
Chapter 22: Cycle 13.5, Crossing Paths ago
Chapter 23: Cycle 14, Coming Together ago
Chapter 24: Cycle 14, What We Can and Can’t Do ago
Chapter 25: Cycle 14.5, Enemy Territory ago
Chapter 26, Cycle 14.5, Escape ago
Chapter 27, Cycle 14.5, War ago
Chapter 28, Cycle 15, Alone Again ago
Chapter 29, Cycle 16, With Millennia Ahead ago
Chapter 30: Cycle 30, Time is Relative ago
Chapter 31: Cycle 42, Terrible Teen ago
Chapter 32: Cycle 61, Men at Work ago
Chapter 33: Cycle 62, Guilt ago
Non-chapter, Discord update! ago
Chapter 34: Cycle 77, Phoenix Rising ago
Chapter 35: Cycle 86, Happy Birthday ago
Chapter 36: Cycle 155, Building a Human ago
Chapter 37: Cycle 200, Steel Skin, Electric Blood ago
Chapter 38: Cycle 250, Read-Only Memories ago
Chapter 39: Cycle 500, Plans and Results ago
Chapter 40: Cycle 500, The Shower ago
Chapter 41: Cycle 500, Drops in the Bucket ago
Chapter 42: Cycle 1043 Priorities ago
Chapter 43: Cycle 1472, Hearts ago
Chapter 44: Cycle 1532, Columbia Trail ago
Chapter 45: Cycle 1572, Illusion of Choice ago
Chapter 46: Cycle 1574, The Past and Future ago
Chapter 47: Cycle 1576, A Lovely Surprise ago
Chapter 48: Cycle 1657, The Buzzsaw ago
Chapter 49: Cycle 2058, Planting Seeds ago
Chapter 50: Cycle 2702: Building a Future ago
Chapter 51: Cycle 2941: A New Home ago
Epilogue ago
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RRL is like a thrift shop.


It has it's fair share of articles that are garish, ugly, and potentialy cancerous or infection vectors for AIDS; a realm filled with the deepest, most primal and weebish of trash from the depths of the edgy shared human conciousness.

And yet, amidst this sea of utter and distilled shit clashing with primal forces, the likes of which resmbling those that forged our sun, float precariously beautiful and intricate flowers of inspiration and awe.

These works, too far and few between, are the only thing that keeps this site in my bookmarks, in spite of the anime and dungeon fictions that are rife.

This book is with out a doubt, a SHINING beacon to be held as an example as to how a true piece of sci-fi should be made.

There are PUBLISHED, MULTI-SERIALIZED AUTHORS that cannon COME CLOSE to the quality and love put in to this tale.

I am honored to have had the chance to partake in this.

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A beautiful read of a bleak but likely future.
nearly every chapter is a time-skip, but when working with (mainly) only 2 characters spanning thousands of years it is kind of necessary.
Character growth is therefore very pronounced, but still feels fluid without distracting from the story.

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This book is a great read though still a little short.

:-) I hope the author will keep up the good work. ;-)

Great read the ending was a little abrupt but overall the story is well worth a read.

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I thought this was a space opera, but still good

Starts of negativistic and a bit ridiculous but then switches to idealism, kinda weird but acceptable. I gotta say I was disappointed when the focus really came to romance and psychology(I only now see the tags) as I was expecting a space opera. There are still elements of it that were quite interesting and you can always skip the romance, which I did, most of it anyway. As for psychology, not that it's badly done but I've seen enough it in Star Trek and the rest that I'm not longer interested in the rights or emotions of AI.

The quality is well above royalroad standard, so if you're a picky web novel reader like me, as ironic as that is, you shouldn't have complaints unless you're not interested in sci-fi.

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I would recommend it

Tbh I don't normally read this type of fiction or leave reviews so bare with me. The story is about a paranoid scientist who convince other scientist that they need to leave the planet it's doomed...turns out he wasn't paranoid and they leave successfully.with some of mankind's brightest and smartest they leave on and adventure in cryo sleep. Idk what else to say without spoilers. I'll just say it's kinda slow if you're into action but it's a very good read... The only complaint I have is about reactions to some things that happened but I mean I have 4stars...(I rarely like reactions in most novels. Other then that character building was great and the few charctcharin the etoryhave a fleshed out character which is nice) 

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Incredibly Brilliant Sci-Fi

This is unlike everything else I read in the site. Well written story and an awesome read for scify lovers.

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I just finished your book and I have to say I have not experienced happy tears like that in a long time. Thank you for filling me with a new dream. I will aspire to become the Doctor Hawthorne Crenshaw of this world. I Rate Leaving Earth: 6/5

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Amazing antisocial doctor- Check

Learning AI- Check 

World on the verge of chaos- Check


Can't really say much more without giving this beauty away, just read it! Its amazing!!!!

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Nice Story, interested in the promised sequel

It wasn't too exciting all over, but a nice read. The first developments on earth were kinda rushed but kinda long for just a setup, it wasn't brilliant but not bad. The rest hower was interesting, development of the AI felt partly really good partly so so ~too quick. The group they had contact to on earth was well done. Very well done. The last stretch was building up more anticipation for what comes after which is the sequel...

For me it is not 5 stars, but it was worth the binge read :-) 
Maybe the sequel gets 5 stars. 

Somone related t his to Ayn Rand. As i am interested in that kind of "system philosophy" it sparked my interest since i usually dont read sci fi. especially on royal road. I have some of her in my bookshelf but havn't brought myself to read it yet. Maybe it is time to do so :)

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Author needs to deal with suspension of disbelief

I wanted to like this book I really did however I just couldn't. All stories require suspension of disbelief and it is easier with some than with others. As mentioned in another review the author tries to throw everything at wall for the Earth collapsing into anarchy. This doesn't work. In order for the author's future to come to fruition you would have to assume that corporations hate money and governments love giving up control (see the satellite destructions).


The author tries to throw the blame everything on the "Media" for essentially reporting information. Also religion contributes to the apocalypse... except all of Christianity which somehow is completely innocent.


Okay lets leave off the whole apocalypse and get to the first 'attack'. Earth shoots a laser at the ship. From Earth. Across space. To hit a moving ship. If you understand anything about lasers or astronomy you understand why this is ridiculous. Oh and they 'reflect' the lasers with solar panels. You know the thing that is designed to ABSORB light not reflect it.

I stopped reading at chapter 6 as I felt it was going in more of the same direction.