Starry Nights... If you were like me, strains of Don MacLean song started rolling through your brain when you see the title :)
(If you will indulge me, below here is the link to the YouTube clip I posted for the SFR Brigade group when I saw the topic!)
But enough of that - it's time for me to expound on the theme of:
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Writing Science Fiction Romance starry nights are kind of my meat and potatoes, if you know what I mean. But, sitting on the bed in April writing this post, I can also summon up visions of space (you know I'm going to say it) the final frontier.
Interstellar Travel where the stars whizz by as long streaks of light is but a dream for us in 2014.
I know the maths and the reasons we are told it's not possible. But I still live in hope that one day... somewhere in the future it will be a reality. Okay, so I won't get to see it...
It has took less than 100 years to make the leap from the first flight to landing a man on the moon.
Now all kinds of space race organisations are fighting to achieve bigger/better/brighter things.
Look at SpaceX (I have subscribed to them for years.) They are starting to propose things such as reusability being the key to multi-planetary colonisation. It blows my mind and gives me hope that one day, meeting other species and populating other planets will be more than just a distant possibility.
Then we learn that in 2012 a planet was discovered capable of sustaining human life.
Discovery of Life Sustaining Planet
Could you imagine going to bed each night and seeing something like this through your window? I see that and breath really deep, because I know I won't see it, but maybe my descendants will.
I can only imagine the wonder that I would feel. To be the first to walk on a new planet? Gee... If only.
Sadly even with the new space race that is happening with the Chinese and Indians and the other countries who are engaged on making such strides, I can't see us achieving this in a hurry. Too much needs to be achieved - unless we make contact with a far more evolved race. (I don't suppose they are hiding just beyond the heliopause? Uh no... okay)
Anyway, below is a snippet from War's End, Book #1 in the Reunion Series. I hope you enjoy it!
War's End by Imogene Nix
"Sit down." Renjiro's terse words filled Selina with pain and sadness.
She acceded to his request in silence, holding her throbbing hand against her breast. He squatted before her, his face close to hers, his dark eyes shadowed. His touch was gentle as his fingers traced the line of her jaw. They shook a little and she felt the glancing caress. It warmed her.
He touched a raw spot on her chin and she hissed involuntarily.
"Where else are you injured?"
Selina shook her head.
"Captain Codecko? Selina?"
His gentle words nearly undid her. Tears burned in her eyes and she blinked, hoping to banish them. It didn't work though. They dripped down her face, scalding her frozen cheeks.
Now his hands dropped to her shoulders. "Where else are you hurt, Selina?" His gaze was hypnotic. It drew her words without thought.
"My hand, ribs, and the top of my head."
He frowned and started tugging at her shirt, pulling it free of the loose-fitting pants.
"What… What are you doing?"
He glanced at her, his face taut and strained. "I'm checking your injuries."
Selina blushed, the heat creeping over her face as she pushed at his hands. "No! You can't do that!"
"I'm fine. I've lived through this before. Of greater concern to me is whether I'm going to be charged for causing the riot. I was just—"
"I know. Having a quiet drink. We checked the spy eyes. You will be free to go, so long as we can put together a suitable argument. But I have a proposition. One that would help you, I think."
In her experience, propositions never ended well, but she was desperate enough to listen to what he had to say. So she watched in mute silence as he rose. He backed away as she quickly refastened her shirt. Then he paced to the end of the room and back.
"I've just received a communiqué that there's some Indies about to plan an attack on this moon base. I need people I can trust to get information for me."
She waited. But as he started pacing again, it seemed she would need to ask the question. "What's in it for me?"
Selina held her breath. Waiting.
"I might be able to swing an official citizenship for you."
Just like that, he could brush away all the difficulties she had faced since the end of the war. But trusting people didn't come easily. Not for her. "You can just click your fingers and make that happen?"
He faced her again. His eyes shone almost feverishly bright under the lighting of the room. "No. But I know someone who might be able to make it happen, if you agree."
"Why? Why would you help me?"
He smiled. "Because I owe you."
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Imogene is a mother of two, compulsive reader, and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs, and chooks. She has a particular fondness for vampires, star ship captains, and things that go bump in the night (especially vampire types).
Imogene has tried many varied roles in her working life including kindergarten assistant, teacher, principal, and kindergarten and child care director, but rates owning a bookstore and writing her own novels as the absolute highlight.
In her mother and wife alter ego, she has travelled widely and lived in some very unique places including Far Western Queensland, Cape York, and even Tasmania. She loves to travel and rates China and Hong Kong among her favorite destinations.
She blames Star Trek Voyager, Firefly, and the works of Alexander Kent for her interest in naval activities and later space fleet interest.
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