Friday, 27 May 2011
Power Of Tension Blogfest: Cosmic Seed Trilogy
There is no Friday Five today, as I'm taking part in a blogfest. The Power Of Tension Blogfest, hosted by Rachel Morgan and Cally Jackson, asks you to 'Give an excerpt (up to 300 words) from your manuscript or recently completed work (or just a random scene) that just drips with tension and will tie us up in knots wanting to know more. It doesn’t matter what the piece is about, as long as it screams tension.'
The blogfest runs from the 23rd to 27th May and also includes a chance to win one of three awesome prizes, two of which include a 1st Chapter beta read. To read other entries and/or sign up, click here.
Whilst continuing to write my science fiction WIP, Dreaming of Sleep, I've been making notes for a science fiction trilogy set on the alien worlds of Velika and Vita. The following is a first draft extract from the first book in the trilogy, Cosmic Seed:
“We have a problem, Professor.”
Kaylan looked up to see Captain Talcada, the only male officer serving aboard the Baylaa, clutching a red report. Red meant only one thing – mission abort.
Kaylan sighed. She’d hoped that Bria would not let her, and her people, down. “What happened this time?”
“She's joined the others.”
“And she didn’t take the termination pill?”
“I'm beginning to think this will never work.”
“We should be terminating them ourselves, Professor. As long as we leave Velikians on the planet, they will continue to work against us.”
“No. They have a right to life, no matter what that life might be. And without the means to leave Vita, how can they threaten the outcome of the mission?”
“It's not about the threat; it's about the numbers. We have gathered only a quarter of seed stocks needed, and already gone three months over schedule. My crew and I want to go home, and soon.”
“So, this is about your discomfort. Their lives are irrelevant?”
The Captain leaned forward and pointed the report accusingly in her direction. “This is about doing what is right for Velika. I too grieve for those who will be lost in the process, but neither of us can afford to become emotionally involved no matter who the candidates are.”
Kaylan stared at the Captain, who, like others of his sex, had been forced to push aside any thoughts of procreation and allow alien DNA to re-populate his species, and wondered if he really understood just how important Bria was.
“The day may arrive when those left behind will need to be eliminated to ensure Velika's survival but we haven’t reached that point. Not yet.”
“Well, we will just have to see what the Council have to say about it. Won't we?"
Thank you to Rachel and Cally for hosting this awesome blogfest. As always, I'd love to know what you think of it, good or bad.