QSFer Vera Loy has a new sci fi anthology out:
“Then they came. Humans. They looked like us, walked like us, but never have such a brutal, bastard race existed … We will fight. We will end them, or we will die trying.” In Vera Loy’s science fiction anthology, a war threatens to annihilate two species; a mercenary travels to Avalon to fight zombies; and a crime-fighter chooses to cross the line, the line between right and wrong.
Featured Stories: Star Clash, Emerald Warrior, Io Colony, Black Death, Kaia, Crime Fighter, Guns and Guys.
Note: Io Colony has LGBTY characters; the others are more general sci fi.
“I can’t believe we are finally here,” said Mila, almost breathless with excitement. She waited impatiently for her turn at the viewer.
“There’s still a fair way to go yet,” answered Jon in dampening tones. “We’re only just coming into orbit now.” He frowned at the back of her head, disliking the new look – the close shave which had left her practically bald. He had loved running his fingers through her thick chestnut locks. He reminded himself it wasn’t her fault; they had all had their heads shaved for the trip, men and women alike.
“At least we’re here. When we look out the viewer we’ll see Io.” Mila moved up quickly to take her first glimpse of the moon which would be their new home. Sure, she had seen pictures, of course, but somehow that wasn’t the same. A view of Io from space had been one of the selling points for the migration contract as far as she was concerned.
“So many colours,” she breathed, staring. “Lemon, gold, green and I can see red patches. Oh Jon, it’s beautiful! I wish the children could see it!” Mila felt a sharp pang of regret. The adults had been woken from their cryo-sleep so they could catch a glimpse of their new home, but the children had not. A spaceship was no place to have kids running around, as far as the Captain was concerned. Tomorrow would be soon enough to wake them, after the ship, Voyager 2000, had docked at the space station.
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I have brown eyes and red hair, some weeks redder than others! The rest is subject to change without notice. I live in Australia with my family and two cats, the cats rule.
After thirty years of working with the unemployed, coping with threats, tears and broken lives (and these were only from fellow staff), I decided it was time to make my escape. And what better place to go than the world of regency romance? I started writing this story years ago, but put it aside due to work and family commitments.
Last year, I dusted off the foolscap pages stored under my bed, finished the story and turned it into a book. I hope you enjoy reading Regency Masquerade as much as I did while writing it.