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THE KHEKARIAN EMPIRE, THE BIGGEST AND MOST RUTHLESS IN THE GALAXY – from The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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His gaze rose from his notes and focused on nothing for a moment. Then, looking perplexed, he faced her. She met his stare, not knowing what the problem was.

“The Khekarian Empire is the largest ruling force in the galaxy,” he enunciated with deliberate patience, “Do you mean to tell me you really know nothing about our society? Our ways?”

Aleisha forced a brave answer. “It didn’t seem important.”

“It’s extremely important.”

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I haven’t got the date yet, nor indeed the question (such things are in the hands of my Competition Organizer), but I can tell you that the answer lies somewhere in the first four chapters, which are FREE TO READ RIGHT HERE:

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The Old Man of Cenoth won’t believe her – From The Khekarian Threat, out now on Amazon.

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Charlie exhaled a sigh of mild annoyance. This child had seemed so level-headed when he met her. Excited, young, like a kid on Christmas morning, but sensible, too, a good head on her shoulders. Then came the nightmare and all the joy had gone out of her.

“If there is such a thing as a killer on the loose, what makes you think he will target you?”

“I don’t know. Fear maybe. This knife was, like, huge.”

“Personally, I think it was too much pepperoni on our pizza the night before.”

“Pepperoni?” Aleisha queried, her tone sharpening. With nimble grace and a burst of frustration she sprang up, arriving at his desk and landing in one of the chairs opposite him. “That is an insult, Charlie. Did you dream about him, too?”

“Don’t be silly, I don’t suffer from nightmares. Perhaps it was the cheese.”

“I know the difference between clairsentience and cheese! Anyway, I was wide awake.”

“You thought you were wide awake.”

“I know what wide awake is, Charlie. I was wide awake.”

“Not when it began, right?”

Yes, when it began.”

“You dreamt you were awake.”

She glowered at him. “Did I dream that I got out of bed, that I disturbed you and you came to find out what was wrong? We had mugs of hot cocoa, at what point did I really wake up? Wouldn’t I have gotten out of bed twice?”

Charlie tried a scowl of his own. “Okay, Oh Smart One. Why don’t you accept what an old man says and put all this worry behind you.”

“What about the alien-native? Didn’t that confirm the experience to you? They’re real, you said so.”

“I said no such thing! Anyway, you said it was a ghost.”

“And you said they had a reputation for appearing and disappearing.”

“Which doesn’t exactly make them real. They’re a myth.”

“I didn’t know about the myth, Charlie.”

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I call the Khekarian series Science Fiction – You can call it what you like.

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Fantasy, for me, is where belief runs out. It’s on the other side of the demarcation line from reality, that line we draw between what we accept as real and what we don’t. In other words, it’s subjective. We each have our own levels of belief on a wide array of topics. We each have our own demarcation lines.

The Khekarian Series is very much a work of science fiction as far as I am concerned. I base every aspect of my work on realism, on science and on areas of the unknown we are still exploring.

To me, fantasy means talking horses or sponge monsters that show the intelligence equal to our own and whiz around in spaceships they cannot possibly manipulate. I’m sorry, I enjoy realism too much to write that way, it has to be feasible (even if it challenges our acceptances – the glory of discovery is often the surprise it carries in).

While many may agree on my definition of fantasy, some people do not agree with my definition of science fiction. Primarily this is because I have included psychics and a multidimensional alien species in my sci-fi series.

Why do I call these inclusions science fiction?

Psychics, just like witches and shamans, have been recognized, on and off, down through the ages. Their acceptance in society is real and documented, no matter what they can do and whatever your own acceptances are. They are part of human history in all parts of the world. There is no reason to suppose supporting belief will not rise and fall again in the future.

That doesn’t mean I make it easy for my character. Aleisha is more clairsentient (feels touch) than clairvoyant (seeing). That means she picks up trauma in the now, and not future events, so she’s really not the sort of psychic Sturn wants to aid him back into power. In the story, I hit her with every objection a reader might have against psychics. Namely, just about every character who hears of her talent, says the same thing: “Some psychic, right? If she didn’t see them coming, she’s no psychic.”

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Aleisha – a Catalyst.

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Aleisha is one of my main characters in my first book in the Khekarian series, an untrained psychic (although not in the supernatural look-I’ll-find-a-shortcut-to-the-answers sort of way – not even much of a seer, actually, she’s more a channel for bad experiences such as murder or suicide) – I wrote it this way for several reasons and one of them was in order to have advanced civilizations recognize and utilize an aspect of our nature that has been seen, used, worshipped, demonized and ignored in regular cycles ever since Mankind climbed down out of the trees – and I wanted this utilized in a no nonsense down-to-Earth manner because when you take all the bells and whistles off, psychic awareness is a natural phenomenon, it is not outside the norm.

Some have argued that this makes the series a fantasy rather than science fiction, but that only speaks of the belief system of the individuals who say so. No problem there, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Anyhow, so my science fiction has seers in it? So what? So does Star Wars.

I made Aleisha primarily clairsentient (psychic touch and feelings) and less clairvoyant (psychic seeing) because I wanted to bring in a new and interesting aspect of psychic experience not often covered in books and films.

The point I want to make today is that Aleisha is not the hero in this story. She’s the character whose story we are following, and she is psychic because that gives a reason for Sturn (lead Bad Guy) to want her by his side when he goes back to the Khekarian Core, the aggressive Empire he stems from.

Very simply I wanted these two characters cemented together without the cause being lust or love. Take away lust and love, the strongest inducement remaining is power. Food, sex and power are strong drives – clearly food isn’t an issue here (Sturn is quite well fed, is not a vampire and isn’t likely to draw nourishment from her). So, power it has to be – and just what power can a seventeen year-old have that an exiled Khekarian prince would want?

Right! You see what I mean.

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What the heck is a mixed genre anyway?

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I keep hearing “whatever you do, don’t mix your genres” thing and I understand it in the broad sense, but where the heck is the demarcation line?

If you’re not writing a love story, does that mean you have to keep all love elements out of it? If it’s not a comedy, are you not allowed to let your characters tell jokes?  I’ve been accused of writing fantasy because I have another dimension in the story, referred to but not visited (there’s a lot of scientific discussion in favor of other dimensions, by the way) and because I accept the validity of psychic perception in a down to earth way (you can’t get much meeker than Aleisha). Psychic perception, other realms, the ethereal and the spiritual have been with us since the dawn of time. It might have gone in and out of favor, which, by the way, doesn’t make it true or false, but it most certainly will continue the cycle and have a place in the future, both pro and con.

So far, although I state I write science fiction, I’ve been soft on the other aspects and whether or not I have gone beyond the limits of sci-fi. I write about people in the distant future who, unsurprisingly, turn out to be just like us (shocker!) – I have planetary colonization, spaceships and big Relay stations in space that teleport ships across vast distances. That’s sci-fi. It’s got aliens and advanced technology and force-field shields and energy-blasting guns. That’s sci-fi.

It’s got low-tech, too, old-fashion projectile guns that shoot bullets. Does that make it a Western? Hell, no, that makes it realistic. Since when does high tech land everywhere at once? You might have climate control in your home – I’ve got a combustion heater. The last house I lived in had an open fireplace, and a little while back, I had no house at all! We cooked over and warmed ourselves in front of an outside campfire, just as millions of people do today all around the world.

My projectile guns (in the story) are cheap. Pioneers in a new land or on a new planet have a history of going cheap. A good fancy energy-blasting gun might be what everyone wants, but they’re expensive, and bullets are cheap and can be made locally. So, they have bullets. It’s still a sci-fi.

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The Khekarian Threat – limited free Kindle edition – Day 4-ish

 

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The freebie ends just before midnight Friday, 23rd May (Standard Pacific Time USA) Yes I will get back to writing about writing next week, thank your for your patience.

Over the page is a repeat of yesterday’s info and link to get your mitts on this 590 page sci-fi novel. 590 is not a typo, I write fat books.

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