For Solar Rangers Walker and Jenner, a simple prisoner transport duty aboard the inter-Solar liner Stellar Fortune develops into a dangerous situation when the ship is hijacked by a new resistance group calling themselves the ‘Earth Liberation Front’.
As events unfold with deadly consequences, a deception is uncovered which could change the economic landscape of the established colonies forever.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 – 100+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After writing Children of Earth, I realised that there was going to be so much detail to cram into the main titles, that there was a fear the reader would be bogged down in historical detail, social depiction and general atmosphere building at a potential cost to the pace and vibe of the storyline itself.
That’s why I decided on writing the Chronicles. They are meant to be smaller stories, set all over the Solar System and introducing many new characters, in essence they are painting a backdrop to the adventure contained within the main titles.
You don’t have to read both, but by reading the Chronicles, it allows you to have a better understanding of what is happening in the background all over the Solar System whilst Maddox and his crew and getting into trouble in the main title.
How is writing SciFi different from other genres?
Science Fiction allows for much more ‘wriggle room’ when it comes to imagineering plots, diabolical villains and gives scope and potential to the author in terms of painting many diverse and varied scenarios to readers.
In many respects it shares many elements with writing other genres, such as development of characters, evolution of plot-lines, etc….. but when it comes to the actual story itself the actual scope is limited by one’s own imagination itself.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Oswald was the first of the characters to come to mind. A skilled Lunarian who had turned away from the family financial business to go and work for the all-encompassing Aries Corporation of Mars. In doing so, he found himself as an outsider amid the rank and file of Martian workers – shunned by many and eventually becoming the target for a plot to frame an individual for leaking company information.
Then the Rangers. Hell, I make no disguise of the fact that when I was conceiving this title I had the television on in the background and “Walker, Texas Ranger” happened to be on.
Hence the main Ranger’s name – Walker. Solar Ranger instead of Texas – but then he evolved into a strange hybrid between the Texas Ranger on TV and Judge Dredd. Not sure how. Jenner then took on a sort of Judge Anderson’esque persona……. then they just kept evolving.
This is also the first time we meet a mysterious Martian who has played a role behind the plot to Hijack the liner…… and we’re sure to come across him again 😉
About the Author:
I have always been a fan of the classic pulp science fiction genre, by which I am referring to the ‘Buster’ Crabbe Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers series. Ray guns and Rocket ships – no profanity, eroticism or hard hitting social messages which seem to pervade current entertainment. Just nice, entertaining romps into a fantastical future to entertain the brain cells for a while!
In short I wanted to write a tale which my eldest daughter (who at time of writing this is 12) could pick up and read, or could tell her friends about and suggest they read it, without any form of censorship but which would also appeal to a wider audience too.
Does this make it a children’s book? Absolutely not.
There’s political schemes, dastardly plots and undertones of larger topics such as how the different colonies interact, the rampant commercialism and much more – but I’ve tried to put it in a form which means you can take from it what you wish. If you want a deep meaningful exploration of the socio-political worlds of the 23rd Century then go for it! if you just want mis-adventure and people trying to survive against a backdrop of a solar system in turmoil, laser pistols firing, defeating maniacal robots and foiling plots of evil-doers then again be my guest.
The main point is I am just writing stories which entertain and amuse my tiny grey cells. I’m not trying to write ‘like anyone’ or claiming to be a proficient author of top notch epic tales. I just write what I like and how I like. If you like them too, then that’s wonderful! I always love hearing feedback from people who have read any of my stories as it helps me to refine and improve as necessary.
I do hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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