Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit..
solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive,
sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.” –Kirkus Reviews
deercorns—three-horns, good meat—or on boundary duty. The land between here and
the Heron Mountains in the west was technically neutral territory and belonged
to no one. Too many good game trails passed through and everyone needed good
protein. You’d think this meant a peace card for any who marched through the
area. Then a handful of cycles back, attacks started becoming more frequent.
Now, neutral territory meant open hunting season on everyone.
grave ditch in case of a future blood bath. Water filled them now. No need to
waste time or tears while shoveling, just dump the bodies in the pre-dug ditch.
Time and pain in the past saved time and pain in the future.
pocketed the pick, got back on my bike, reversed, and aimed it at the fence.
Even though the bike ran on solatech energy, the magnetic polarity of mineral
deposits in the ground kept it afloat. In theory, the bike should pass right
over the fence, since the fence wasn’t quite solid, so the bike would never
lose complete contact with the ground.
before I hit the broken rail, bouncing and soaring right over the fence. The
bike didn’t even bounce on the ground on the other side.
this long. Lining the ravine were the twelve gravecrosses. Rainwater ran like
thinned-out blood off the names carved into the bars. The letters were slowly
being erased by weather and time, as though the people were being slowly erased
from our memory until they never existed.
fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English
Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own
neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS
FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.
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Daughter of Etheron
by Brandon Young
Genre: YA Space Fantasy
Release Date: April 18th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Born the children of the ruling family.
Betrayed by the ones that swore to protect them.
IN A SHATTERED GALAXY . . .
Siblings, Elenah and Teveran are thrust into a secret war of space magicians that will decide the fate of the galaxy.
But a darkness swells in the galactic depths, magicians wielding magic not seen for millennia, and as the struggle for power grows more desperate, the children might find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the conflict.
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Guest Post – Writing space based plots (and any research that goes into it)
First of all, thanks for having me!
In terms of what writing in space can do for the story: It’s great! One of my favourite parts of writing is building expansive worlds where multiple stories can be told, and therefore letting characters travel through space creates endless possibilities. Though, I think it’s important not to go overboard with it. In the Magicus Eye galaxy (where Daughter of Etheron takes place), there are ninety-four habitable planets and, as you might expect, keeping them consistent is a real balancing act that I think is one of the most difficult things to accomplish in this genre. Despite the sweeping scope, you have to make sure everything feels like it’s in the same universe, and that took multiple revisions. I must have tried three or four different galaxy variations in the process of fine-tuning this; it was surprisingly one of the most difficult things to get right. Ultimately, I think the key is in the fine details, and in showing the effects of major galactic events hitting multiple planets in a kind of ripple effect, which can be reflected in their landscapes, histories and cultures.
I actually didn’t do a whole heap of research for Daughter of Etheron—relatively speaking. The kind of research I did would probably align closer to that of a fantasy author than it would of a science fiction author. Obviously I’m following some known laws of space, such as “you die if you go outside,” but I’m taking a cue from George Lucas and allowing some leeway in terms of things like sound and fire for dramatic purposes. There’s actually a line spoken by one of the characters that does sneakily address these differences—although I’m not sure Neil deGrasse Tyson would be over-the-moon about it. And I think that is an important point no matter what you’re writing: If you’re breaking known science, you have to address it in some way. I had so many early readers mistake little quirks of my world for scientific errors before I stuck a lantern on them in the story. Maybe this is just because I’m using space as a plot device in what is really a fantasy saga at its heart. However, not everything has been pulled out of nowhere, and if you want to write science fiction either in our galaxy or someplace similar to ours, places like NASA’s own website and also Bad Astronomy are some good places to start. Also find professionals if you can.
About the Author
Brandon Young is the debut author of the Saga of the Magicus Eye. He’s also a musician, gamer, and avid Star Wars fan living in Melbourne, Australia.
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By L.A. Kelley
Genre: YA Space Opera
Release Date: July 30th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Teenager Jane Benedict is awakened by her father and ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company’s murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew’s fight against UEC, Jane saves the life of young smuggler Maclan Sawyer and learns her father’s code identifies a secret cargo shipment that may spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race.
Piracy, intrigue, romance, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the planet Rimrock. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose on the galactic rim or will death for high treason be her fate?