Here's something I haven't talked about much. It's not that I haven't wanted to, but more a reticence on my part as I've had some bad luck with book projects and don't want to start touting them before they become reality. My science fiction novel Bonded Agent is still scheduled for publication next year. It's been a while since I've had a novel come out.
This one is a science fiction tale featuring my Sarah Meadows character. The title stems from the fact my main character starts out as an insurance agent. You just do not find insurance professionals in science fiction stories very often. She quickly moves into a position as an insurance adjuster and finds herself dealing with criminals and even space pirates as it turns out Gompers Insurance Company takes on a lot of high risk clients. Sarah has appeared in six short stories to date, so she is not a new concept. She lives on Mars at a time when Mars is an independent republic with an uneasy relationship with Earth. Earth, in fact, has become a very militaristic world engaged in a long running war with a reptilian race.
It's the reptilians I'll talk about today. In many science fiction tales, if a reptilian race is encountered they are usually portrayed as dim-witted and sort of slow. Well, that's not consistent with what we see in the form of lizards and such running around. They move pretty darned fast. And we were once told dinosaurs were pretty stupid and all had micro brains the size of walnuts. Well, that wasn't really true. So, the Tau are described as looking like small dinosaurs. They're a little bigger than humans. They certainly are not dim-witted or slow moving. And, thanks to Earth, their first encounter with humans is very bad as Earth goes to war with them in a dispute over a mineral laden moon in a far away solar system. And to that moon, Sarah finds herself in the middle of a war zone as the reptiles decide they are interested in buying a large insurance policy. And Sarah, being human, looks exactly like their enemy in the war they're fighting.
I'll talk more about Sarah's adventures in the coming months and provide more details on the book release as things progress and details line up. In the meantime, a few of Sarah's short story adventures are still around on venues like Amazon. She appears in both Space Horrors and Space Pirates, both books were edited by David Lee Summers and in Tales of the Talisman vol 9 no 3 in a story called "Where'd That Come From?" To be continued...