Okay, so, I don’t particularly want to step on the heels of all the sales going on this month, so I have put off mentioning the various SF books that will be coming out this year. But they are moving along.
I’ve finished basic revision (AGAIN) for NO FOREIGN SKY and I’m ordering a proofing copy today. I expect I will make lots of notes in the paper copy because I always do. Usually the first time I go through a paper copy, I make notes of some sort on almost every page. Not just typos. I change my mind about a comma here or a phrase there, or I notice a hopefully minor continuity error, or whatever.
The second time I go through a fresh paper copy, hopefully I will make a lot fewer comments and catch a lot fewer typos.
Then yet another paper copy for my mother to read. If she wants to read it. It’ll be the very first SF novel she has ever read in her life, probably.
However, NO FOREIGN SKY will go up for preorder shortly. It will need back cover description, which I have tentatively written. Please look this over and help me tweak it:
Generations ago, a single turun explorer discovered a long-abandoned and dwindling population of humans, a devastated colony nearing extinction on a dangerous, hostile world.
Now entirely blended into turun society, uman people retain only traces of their original language and customs. Instead, they have become full citizens of the far-flung Ka’ Taand, a civilization that depends on both uman and turun sociality … a civilization that is now threatened by vicious enemies from beyond familiar space, enemies neither species understands.
When the small half-fighter Nkaastu unexpectedly encounters those enemies during a routine trading mission, Daamon, uman battlecommander sees no choice but to tackle suicidal odds in the hope of giving the worlds of the Ka’ Taand time to prepare for renewed attack. Neither Daamon nor his turun captain expect to survive long enough to know whether the sacrifice of their ship has been in vain …
… until an unknown and much more powerful ship appears, slashing effortlessly through the enemy fighters and saving Nkaastu. But who are these newcomers? And will they prove the allies the Ka’ Taand needs … or a new and deadlier enemy?