Science fiction readers on the bleeding edge might want to check out an oft-overlooked source of new science fiction: indie or self-published authors. This summer, I’m putting indie SF at the top of my reading list, and will keep the Scattering posted on thoughts and progress.
First up: Pale Boundaries (Jan 2010), by Washingtonian Scott Cleveland.
Where do you go after you’re torn from the only planet you’ve ever called home? What do you do when your new home despises foreigners? Who do you blame when they kill someone you care about….and how do you take revenge?
Terson Reilly knew things would be different on Nivia. But he wasn’t prepared for the draconian environmental laws, harsh population control measures or the prejudice against outsiders-and they didn’t expect what he was willing to do to defend himself.
Terson finds love when he meets Virene, an independent young woman chafing under the strict social controls herself. The couple do their best to conform, but their rebellious streak leads them beyond the colony’s boundaries where their attempt to rescue the crew of a crashed spacecraft unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to expose not only Nivia’s dark secret, but that of a powerful criminal organization as well.
So now, dear reader, we’re at exactly the same part in the book: the back cover. And now, off to chapter one…