Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tempered Flight (Extended Adventure)

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Book 2 of the Calen Natari Saga

Another scrape with Imperium patrols has forced Calen Natari into hiding on the exotic and highly dangerous planet Zink. Born a desert nomad, the confinement is intolerable for Calen but necessary if she wants to stay out of an Imperium prison.

While biding her time, she encounters a man who offers to help her with her less-than-impressive piloting skills. But it seems that this man is no ordinary teacher...

This young adult science fiction novelette is approximately 8,000 words.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Questionable Cantina (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 9

The cantina--not-so-cleverly named "The Water Hole"--was thriving with life.  Gorg wasn't so sure why this took him by surprise.  He must have assumed that the poor would have better things to spend their quaves on but from the looks of things this place was the spending destination of choices.  The tables were generously spread throughout the establishment but every square inch in between was occupied by every manner of rough-looking individual.

A sharp bone from someone's body connected directly with Gorg's sternum so hard it launched him back several yards into a pack of large, imposing individuals.  "Watch it!" One of them snapped at Gorg as he shoved Gorg back in the direction he came from.

"Sorry," Gorg muttered to himself.  More and more he was thinking that this might have been a bad idea.  Now was the time he could still turn back and it wouldn't be too late.  As of yet he had not committed any crimes against his government.  He could go back home now to his comfortable home and comfortable job and no one would be the wiser.

No.  If I turn back now there will be no home to go back to eventually.

Well, that wasn't entirely true, his more cowardly half reasoned.  Your home would simply be under Imperium jurisdiction.  And you would probably be able to keep your job.

Snared in the grips of indecision, Gorg did not even notice the breathtakingly beautiful female until she asked with a smile, "You look a bit lost.  Can I get you anything?"


Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Uxel Herum Saga Omnibus Edition (Extended Adventure)

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The Omnibus Edition contains books 1-5 of Uxel Herum's journey.

Orphaned at an early age, Uxel has managed to survive for years on nothing but her wits and cunning. But her difficult childhood has left her craving for power and wealth. When offered the chance to join an ancient order of elite warriors she jumps at the chance, thinking the opportunity an end to her problems and a chance to gain that which she desires most.

Join Uxel on her journey of a lifetime as she encounters strange races and travels to planets that put all of her beliefs to the test.

This collection of young adult science fiction novelettes is approximately 57,000 words.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Slums (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 8

Gorg Chum eyed his surroundings warily as he steered his small, one-man submarine through the dark channels of water.  He had lived on Shawm for all of his life but never once had he ventured this far into the slums.

Up until now he had never had a need.

His had been a privileged upbringing.  As a youth he had been given the finest education Shawm had to offer.  His birth mother was an important figure with good connections.  Gorg had slipped into the higher political levels as easily as he had slipped into the water as a fingerling.

Advocating jobs for the poorer classes and actually visiting said poorer classes were two entirely separate things in Gorg's mind.

The temperature in the submarine dropped as he plunged further and further into the deeper, less hospitable waters.  The general lack of sunshine made food and resources scarce in this area and, therefore, cheaper to live.

Gorg shivered as he adjusted the sub's heading toward the main stretch of caves and dwellings.  His shiver had nothing to do with the cold.  For the first time in his life he felt completely out of his league.  Deciding to swim smack in the middle of the resistance had seemed like a good idea from the comfort of his own office.  But now he wasn't so sure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

First Steps (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 7

Calen Natari had completed her assignment by finding proof of Imperium presence.  But her most useful contribution was the report Gorg made her turn in on her findings.  Apparently Calen had sniffed around one of the cantinas in the slums.  She indicated that the bartender running the shop seemed to be connected to some sort of resistance movement.

I will start there.

Shawm is almost entirely covered in water.  And, as such, the natives are rightfully confident that invasion would be extremely difficult for air-breathing invaders.  But therein lay the problem.  Gorg's people had no standing army.  A fatal mistake in a galaxy filled with unrest.

If Gorg could somehow make contact with this bartender and earn the man's trust that would be a start.  He needed to know how large the resistance was and if their goals might be in line with his own.

Gorg glanced down at his trademark government uniform.  I'm going to need a disguise, though.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Awakening: The Uxel Herum Saga (Extended Adventure)

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Book 5 of the Uxel Herum Saga

Everything Uxel Herum thought she knew about her past was a lie and her very identity has been put into question. Uxel must now face her final test in order to become a full-fledged tuner.  Running away is no longer an option.

This young adult science fiction novelette is approximately 11,600 words.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Considerations (Adventure) - Gorg Chum Saga 6

"Your argument is strong. But peace requires trust. If we start to prepare for war, it would surely incite the Imperium to do the same. No, we must do nothing."

That was the council's verdict. Gorg Chum was back in his office staring at nothing as he was wont to do when in deep thought.  

Zelencan rooms were not like what one might see on a plant with land-based creatures.  Zelenca were just as comfortable in the water as they were out.  The rooms they built on their native planet did not have what humans would call an "up" or "down."

Gorg floated about the room aimlessly.  The Imperium was here.  Calen Natari had proven as much.

No, we must do nothing...

The council's verdict bothered him.  Gorg was not one to do nothing.  He was a zelenca and part of the collective whole.  His very nature compelled him to follow their school of thought.

What the council decided was wrong.  

This fact was blindingly clear to Gorg.  And this feeling that he was right was stronger than his need to conform.  But such thoughts were dangerous.

I will have to commit treason.