The eldest bull, Solomon, stepped forward and mind-spoke in a deep gravelly voice. “We are blessed with five seasons, each six weeks long. We call them Angry Days, New Life, Full Life, Dry Days, and Hard Life. Some reward, while some test the will of the Sargons.”
As the elder bull explained each season, Dmitri tensed with worry.
Dry days and Hard Life concerned him the most, and both were right around the corner. They were already in the third week of Full Life, which was, in the Sargon’s opinion, the best of seasons with just enough rain and warmth that life on the planet flourished.
In less than four weeks, Dry Days would begin. The sun would strengthen, and no rain would fall. Grass would die, and the river in the valley would shrink to a dwindling stream.
Dry Days led to Hard Life when the temperatures would suddenly plummet as the winds shifted, bringing storms from the North. Snow would bury the valley, sometimes up to fifteen feet deep.
With Angry Days the north and south would battle for dominion bringing lightning storms and hard winds.
“Eventually, the warm south winds will prevail, melting the snow and filling the entire valley with water and mud to replenish the soil. Then New Life arrives and all that survived the testing seasons will burst forth in celebration.” The elder bull’s reverent voice echoed within Dmitri’s head as the other bulls resonated a deep moan.
The dramatic tonal conclusion did nothing to quiet Dmitri’s worries. Sixty percent of the planet’s cycles would be hell for humans to survive, and they had only three weeks to prepare.
Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.
To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.
Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.
Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
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Great Way to dedicate an award acceptance!
In which case: Whoo-hoo!
(I wrote this up so that when the award was announced, if Redshirts won I would be able to press a button and have it post, because I am otherwise occupied at the American Library Association conference this weekend. If it doesn’t win, of course, then none of you will ever see this, and I will delete it at some point. I recognize this explanation is a little meta. But then, so is Redshirts.)
The other finalists for the award were Iain M. Banks’ The Hydrogen Sonata; Lois McMaster Boujold’s Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance; James S.A. Corey’s Caliban’s War and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312. This is a very fine field of finalists, any of whom would of course have been an excellent winner. I was thrilled to share a slate with all of them.
As I was unable to be at the Locus Award Weekend…
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A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Orbit Definitions & Origins
I originally set out to illustrate the uses of the word ORBIT within the sci-fi genre. However, as I conducted my research on this topic, I discovered that the word ORBIT is used in many different contexts. Therefore, I had to better understand the definitions and uses of this word in order to better understand the different contexts.
What are the definitions for the word ORBIT?
The word ORBIT has many different definitions and can be used as a different term depending on which science discipline it is associated with. The terms are associated with the following science disciplines: Anatomy, Astronomy and Physics. Below are the various definitions of the word ORBIT from from Merriam-Webster online dictionary and the science discipline the term is associated with:
Definition 1 of the word ORBIT refers to a term used in Anatomy.
Anatomy Definition (noun): the bony socket of the eye
Origin of ORBIT: Middle English, from Medieval Latin orbita, from Latin, rut, track, probably from orbis.
First Known Use: 15th century, unknown
Definition 2 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Astronomy.
Astronomy Definition 2a (noun): a path described by one body in its revolution about another (as by the earth about the sun or by an electron about an atomic nucleus); also: one complete revolution of a body describing such a path.
Astronomy Definition 2b (noun): A circular path.
Astronomy Definition 2c (noun): A range or sphere of activity or influence
Origin of ORBIT: Latin orbita path, rut, orbit
First Known Use: 1696, Most likely first used in this context by either Edmund Halley or Issac Newton
Definition 3 of the word ORBIT refers to three terms used in Physics.
Physics Definition 3a (transitive verb): to revolve in an orbit around: circle
Physics Definition 3b (transitive verb): to send up and make revolve in an orbit.
Physics Definition 3c (intransitive verb): to travel in a circle.
First Known Use of this term of ORBIT: 1943, most likely first used in this context by Werner Heisenberg
Finally, I have the appropriate definitions, origins and the different uses of the word ORBIT. I can now continue the research on how the word ORBIT is used within the context of the science fiction genre and I will post the results when completed. I hope you will look forward to this as much as I am in conducting the research.