Trained since childhood by the oppressive Crib government to program advanced terraforming technology called biocyph seeds, Edie is kidnapped for her valuable skills, assigned a reluctant bodyguard (a former freedom fighter named Finn) and coerced into working for mercenaries who sell biocyph to the outlawed Fringe worlds. When Edie and Finn are taken to Scarabaeus, the planet she first terraformed (and the site of her public failure and private rebellion) they must join forces to survive and win their freedom.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Song of Scarabaeus to one lucky individual.
Song of Scarabaeus is a science fiction adventure story with a romance. While writing the book, I didn’t deliberately try to balance these elements – I just wrote it the way I wanted to read it. In the end I think I struck a balance by what I chose to leave in and leave out.
Writers are often given the advice to write detailed histories for our main characters so we get to know them well, even though much of the information won’t be used. I wrote a long history of my protagonist’s people and her childhood, but only glimpses of that tragic past show up in the story. I used this same approach with the science in Song of Scarabaeus.
I invented a terraforming technology based on genetic engineering, but only outlined it in the book. My husband created a starship engine for me and discussed at length how it would work, but only a brief description of it appears in the one scene where it matters.
Technical details like these create the flavor of a futuristic universe. Nevertheless, by providing only as much information as is necessary to drive the story, the science doesn’t overpower the characters and action.
Contest Time! Sara has graciously offered to give away a copy of Song of Scarabaeus to one lucky winner. All you have to do is answer this question: How much technical details do you like in your science fiction/science fiction romances? Sorry guys, contest is US only.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 Are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of novel through LE’s Amazon store or through the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.