Long, long ago, there was war in the heart of the galaxy. The core stars were ripped apart by the fury of that conflict. Lucky is a survivor from it; she is lucky to even exist. Her people, the flowing people, were destroyed by the measuring people.
War separates the victors from the losers. The victors survive and the losers are crushed from existence and from memory. To go home would have been death, so Lucky fled. She programmed her ship, the Expedient, to take her away from the galactic core, away from the planets where her people once lived and into the skeins of stars that make up the spiral arms of the galaxy. That was a long time ago. Few of the places she once knew can now support life. She has been a refugee since, drifting from star to star, in a half-life of suspended animation, known as slowtime.
The Expedient charts a careful course, ploughing its lonely furrow between the stars, always away from what she once knew, ever alert for signs of the measuring people. She’d stop running but it’s now all she knows. Eventually her ship comes upon a back-water of the Milky Way, known locally as Orion’s Belt.
This book collects the first four episodes of Lucky’s tale.
Kindle edition http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IMNXWK2
About 10 months ago, I wrote a Science Fiction story called Lucky. The backdrop for this was an idea I’d had, which went along the lines of My Mom is an Alien. To get to that point I needed to have a back-story. That was what became Lucky; I stuck it in a metaphorical drawer to settle and gather electronic dust.
I’ve read tons of SF and back-stories are two a penny. How well do they stand up? This Xmas just gone, I put it up for evaluation on My Telegraph. The response was good so I continued the story.
Is it bright, sparkling, optimistic SF? The answer to this is partly yes for the first episode. In the other three episodes I get down to inject a bit of realism.
She names herself Lucky because she is lucky to still exist. She’s a refugee and is fleeing an interstellar war that destroyed her people long ago. As a refugee, she desperately wants to avoid attracting attention to herself – the reasons for that will become clearer as the story progresses (my mother was a refugee so addressing that theme came naturally). This means she doesn’t do hob-nobbing with the great and the good, that’s out; Lucky is an outsider and the first four episodes of her story are now on Kindle:
- Life in a Northern Town
- Coming up for Air
- Law and Torture
It’s now it’s novella sized. More episodes will follow.
Here’s my original cover artwork:
Fiction, and set in space. Where’s the star atlas? Happily, I’ve kludged this for you.