Review: Helliconia Series by Brian Aldiss

Enjoyed it a lot although a more medieval kind of science fiction. The quality of the concept is shown in the level of research that has gone into the world building. More than a technical work the author creates unique and believable characters that engage in rich relationships. I found it a fascinating read and am glad that I picked it up thirty odd years after first hearing of it.

Nia Sinjorina,
Author of the Folio 55 series: End of a Girl & Undon now available on Amazon.

Fleecy Moss, author of the Folio 55 series (writing as Nia Sinjorina), End of a Girl & Undon now available on Amazon.

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My Week of Writing

An extract from the work this week,  from Folio 55: 4659, currently at 44% complete.


 

Five hundred metres beneath me the sea sparkled in a stroboscopic motion. Ahead I could see the beginning of a promise, geology drawn near with an eyeliner pencil, the hint of a coast to be explored, of opportunities for further evasion. Had my adversary survived? I wasn’t waiting around to find out.

“Proceed to transmitted coordinates or be destroyed. This is your final warning.” My slowly clearing ears captured the instructions and dutifully posted them through my disappointment. Right, okay, so this was going to be harder than I’d thought. Whoever had locked onto my tail was  good; I was going to have to be at the top of my game to win this one.

I superimposed the coordinates over the rapidly approaching terra firma, an area lying within the delightfully misnamed Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins. Fjords, channels, low mountains, glaciers, crevasses, ice fields: now this was my kind of playground. The indicated location was about thirty klicks outside of the park. Perfect.

 

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Escaping a terrifying underground complex, Hannah takes the strange choice to hide them in London: about as far from the remote fells and lakes of Cumbria as one could be. Unfortunately the Lost and Forgotten always drop through the cracks, depositing them in a mysterious and unknown world below the bright lights of the capital, a place of violence, slavery, and crime.

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Free Kindle Ebook Promotion

Why bother with scifi set on other planets when you can have it here, in the good old U of K. This Saturday, 14th April, I am giving away Undon, book 2 in the Folio 55 series: grab a copy and walk with our three Cumbrian teenage girls as they see themselves falling deeper into a world that makes no sense to them.

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Escaping a terrifying underground complex, Hannah takes the strange choice to hide them in London: about as far from the remote fells and lakes of Cumbria as one could be. Unfortunately the Lost and Forgotten always drop through the cracks, depositing them in a mysterious and unknown world below the bright lights of the capital, a place of violence, slavery, and crime.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire?

Click here to download onto your Kindle, or read it on any device that supports the Kindle app (Computer,Tablet, Smartphone).

My Week of Writing

An extract from the work this week,  from Folio 55: 4659, currently at 39% complete.


 

“Molly,” says Oracle, the only voice allowed: it has been agreed, “can you hear me?”

For a long moment there is nothing. Cynical leanings begin to snigger: a regression; hypnosis; isn’t that the pseudoscience of the fairground? Then the hairs rise all over my body, a hedgehog in mortal danger.

“Yes”  a voice lifts up from Molly’s lips. It is not her. Well, it is her but posh Molly, not my Molly. Calm, considered, controlled: it sports the timbre and prosody of a learned teacher. Is this the real Molly, the one below all the hormones and neuroses, the adult in waiting? Do I have such a voice, a real voice within me? I wonder what it thinks of its younger self?

“Do you know where you are?”

“I am lying on the examination bed in the sick bay of Terra Nova.” This time the moment is removed.

“Do you know why you are here?”

“My mother and father had sex; I was conceived …”

“My apologies Molly.”  I can’t help but notice that Arexx is smiling; a small victory. “Let me rephrase the question. Do you know why you are lying on the examination bed in the sick bay of Terra Nova?”

“You wish to ask me questions relating to certain events and believe that my consciousness does not have access to those answers.”

“Is that true?”

“Yes.” Everyone in the room shifts at that revelation.

“Do you have access to those answers?”

“I have access to a set of answers. Whether they are the answers you seek is for you to decide.”

My turn to smile: not just a learned teacher but a cantankerous one as well.

 

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My Week of Editing

An extract from the work this week,  from Folio 55: 4659, currently at 34% complete.


 

Dropping down onto my knees I begin to push the object, careful not to tip it over. Knees become belly then I am extended my full length: I just hope the snipers are on heat and not motion. Slightly faster than a boulder going nowhere I advance the time piece until my arm is stretched full length, adding to the extension provided by the whip.

Within the sunglasses the tower rises up, bulges out into the observation room, and sprouts wings. Red outlines wink into existence over four human forms where the glass will be, followed a moment later by two groups of two moving down the encased spiral stairway to the open door.

Completing the picture are a pair of figures standing steady at opposite ends of the metal gantry; flashing red borders offer a link to text informing me that they are holding unidentified sniper rifles: they are trained on the entrance we have to make. This technology is incredible.

A sunburn tiger screams into my face moments before it slams its clawed paw down immediately in front of me, flicking the watch past my head to smash against a far wall. Amazingly it is still relaying data, something I see as I open my eyes a second later. Well now we know one more thing: they definitely have motion scopes.

“Not so friendly, to be the most sure,” Hannah says, matter of fact. “Mr Righty was the provider of that unwelcome.”

“Most kind of him.”

 

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If you have enjoyed this excerpt then start the journey at the beginning, with End of a Girl, book 1 in the Folio 55 series. Click here to buy it on Amazon.

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