I’m delighted to announce that the first book in my young adult science fiction trilogy will be published by Month9 Books in April 2017.
It’s been one of my dreams to publish science fiction stories. I love all kinds of adventure stories, but science fiction has long been one of my favorite genres. My brother got me hooked on it when I was in 5th grade. I’ve been a fan ever since. In science fiction, a writer can explore all sorts of ideas about culture and society outside the constraints of a real life setting.
I started this story back in January of 2010, sandwiching in writing time while I was also writing WOLF STORM. At that time, there was virtually no demand in the publishing world for kidlit science fiction, so I wrote it hoping someday things would turn around. Writers out there will know what I mean when I say sometimes stories just have to be written even if it seems no one is encouraging you to write them.
So here’s a description of the story:
Beware history written by either the conquerors or the conquered.
Life on the remote planet of Fosaan is supposed to be like a tropical vacation for the families of the Earth scientists assigned to the secret research facility orbiting above the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen’s time there will be short-he is supposed to report for military training in the officer corps when he turns seventeen. But Quinn has other plans. Terrible at taking orders and following rules, Quinn knows he’s not officer material, so he hopes his exploration of the planet will pave his way into the one branch of the military where he might succeed, the reconnaissance patrol. Only problem, Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement because of the dangerous predators, lethal terrain and the secretive indigenous Fosaanian people. Quinn isn’t going to let that stop him, but he’s smart enough not to blunder off into the jungle on his own.
When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he decides she would be the perfect guide for his explorations. Before he can win her over to his idea, the idyllic situation on the planet turns into a nightmare. Nothing is what it seems, either on the planet or on the space station. When all the Earthers under eighteen become expendable, Quinn must come up with a way to save them, but that means he has to decide if he can trust Mira with his life and the lives of everyone he cares about.
*stay tuned for book 2!