In my sci-fi series, I do have wars, I do have contention – I have murder and threats and all the bits that get the heart pumping (a happy-ever-after story that’s happy-ever-after right from the start is nice, but there’s no challenge) Humans thrive on challenge, we want villains to overcome, we want something to strive for that will make us feel like heroes.
What I DON’T have in my science fiction is self-loathing. I don’t have the perverseness of hatred for all things human. I don’t portray the human animal as a blight upon the world (any world), nor human intelligence as some kind of disease.
We are as we are, as God or Nature intended us to be. I don’t do fear-mongering. I don’t do propaganda. I don’t use story-telling to create guilt in my readers. You’ll find my writing racy and fun and exciting. You might even find it a breath of fresh air.
Why are stories so important? Why are fictional characters and their worlds so gripping?
They’re all just ideas and pretty words on paper, right? There’s plenty of important stuff going on in the world – and there are writers and dreamers just wasting their time, pretending that imagination is important.
And yet… we all need them. Most of us read, most of us love to get lost in a tale and step away from the routines and the mundane, from the problems and the woes of our lives. We all escape into stories – movies, books, games – whatever form they come in. We’re driven to.
It must be important. Even in our sleep, there are stories.
Charlie’s an old man now, working as the supervisor of Transport and Trade, handling the workload and scheduling of transport teams that carry goods to distant settlements – Some of the teams are like family to him.
That’s why he cares so much and why Aleisha’s situation is so shocking to him. She’s young, she’s a newcomer, she’s a nice kid, and she’s in terrible danger.
The Khekarian series is a collection of separate and very diverse stories told over a period of time in the order with which they unfold – You will meet people from a broad spectrum of society – paupers, captives and slaves, merchants, seers, military personnel, all the way to rulers and conquerors – their lives, their loves, their kingdoms.
You’ll encounter individuals with their own stories to tell, ordinary people, some touched, some savaged by the imperial war. You’ll also meet key players in the strife and struggles as the two empires collide.
The Khekarian Threat starts on a wilderness planet in the Terran Sector, but ends up in alien territory far away, on a planet falling into enemy hands. The first tale is about Aleisha, but it’s also the beginning of Sturn’s story, an exiled Khekarian Prince and his return to power. If you enjoy in-depth science fiction with solid characterization, realism, a vast landscape and full galactic scope, this is the series for you.
“Guess you forgot.” There was a lazy smile in the tone of his response, but Aleisha pivoted in shock at the sound of Sturn’s voice.
She was not expecting this, not expecting him so suddenly there.
He was tall and strong and, yes, the other Khekarian. She hadn’t seen that in her experience, she had thought then the killer was Terran, but this was the same man clearly enough. Same strong physique, same height, same face – goddamn – same impact of his energy, too. Too forceful, too vital, too much.
Compound Twelve was situated fifteen miles from the center of Cenoth, out where a forest of ancient trees gave cover and isolation. It contained two domes in an area that was considered very pretty by local standards and breathtakingly beautiful by someone who had really only known the barren splendor of Mars. While Earth had vast spectacular forests, Aleisha had joined SEAS for the promise of alien wilderness.