2013 was my first year participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and it was a thrilling experience. I took a break from my usual fantasy to write science fiction. I’ve had a story in the back of my mind for a while, and NaNoWriMo was a great reason to work on it. I was able to write the 50,000 words needed to reach the goal, which is a great feeling– but wow was November intense! Part of my winner’s loot includes printed copies of the book, but I am also interested in putting parts of the book online for you to read. If you like it, I will later put up an option to purchase a printed copy of your own.
No Distance Greater than the Stars is still getting some finishing touches, but certain sections will be posted as they become finalized. It has become a space drama in three parts, and it’s definitely a big adventure.
Within the genre of science-fiction, as with any genre, you will find several sub-genres. No Distance Greater than the Stars was written to be sci-fi on a basic level, with space travel and alien races, but I suppose any sci-fi deserves some fine-tuning to its description. In this genre, you have everything from Storm Troopers to Star Wars to Dune, and authors like Brin, Bova and Heinlein, even classics like Verne and Wells. You have exploration, the curious what-ifs of the great void, killing alien scum with big guns, minds transcending reality, and interstellar battles with impressive ships. There’s even comedy, like what Douglas Adams left the world with.
My story is by far less “get the guns and set to kill” and more “will we be able to stay together even in the great wide-open space?” There is a certain amount of drama and romance to it with the promise that Citlally and Endan make to one another. Still, it is definitely not erotica, nor an outright romance. I like to think that there is a certain amount of adventure to it… and that there will be even more in book two as the story pans out. I do not employ army-style men with guns in the same way that Storm Troopers does, but you will see the struggle to live as the characters traipse between worlds.
You feedback is certainly welcome, though there is certainly a lot to still watch and see. I am definitely curious as to how the long hours that I spent in November turn out. Happy reading!
A playlist for songs related to, or that remind me of, this story: Spotify
Links to character images:
Part Two: Nebulous Heart
Part Three: A Star Called Home
I can’t say for certain whether this book with ever have a full sequel; I have ideas, but not enough for a full story arc– yet.
In the meantime, I do have a short, somewhat spooky story that takes place after this one. If you finish the work above, feel free to check out “The Ghost Crystal.” Happy reading!