QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out, Liminal Sky: Ariadne Cycle Book 3: “The Shoreless Sea.” This is a rerelease.
The fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.
The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth’s technological wonders and vices. Lilith leads the uprising, and if she sets its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.
But during the ship’s long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope as they face not only Lilith’s minions, but the mistrust of their own kind as homotypicals fear what they can’t understand.
The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld healed, sothe people of Forever can let go of their past and embrace their future.
“WOW!… The Shoreless Sea is a very satisfying conclusion to an epic three novel series featuring good hard science fiction, realistic world building, credible character development and interactions, all woven together in a compelling story..” –Two Gay Geeks
“Can anyone hear me?”
Gordon Mattson perched atop the tallest building in New York, once the pride of the city, and looked up at the stars.
Below, the streets belonged to the sea. Schools of tuna swam up Fifth Avenue, and sharks patrolled the dark waters where new reefs were taking root.
“Is anyone out there?”
There had to be more to life than this. The endless loops had been bad enough. He remembered when he’d first realized he was living the same life over. When Jacky had come….
But now the fires….
The flames burned endlessly on the horizon, sending up acrid smoke. Sometimes it would drift over the city, and those it touched would simply disappear.
The world was ending. He knew it in his bones. Even so, life in the drowned city went on, as dead as the old dame herself.
Above, the stars sparkled.
Up there, there was something more. Something greater than this sad little bit of Old Earth.
There had to be.
Halfway across the Old City, the roof of one of the superscrapers glowed with an eldritch green glow.
It grew in intensity until it burst with a great white light, bathing the whole city with the brightness of midday sunlight for an instant.
Then it was gone.
As his eyes adjusted once again to the darkness, something ascended toward the stars.
It meant something. He was sure of it. If he could only figure out what.
He knew one thing for sure. One day he, Gordon Hawk, would find his way off this desolate dirtball. He’d find a way to go up there.
He clambered down the side of the building, using the assortment of ropes and hand- and footholds added over the years by the city’s remaining denizens.
He’d marked in his mind where the glow had come from. He knew this city like the back of his hand.
He would get there before the next night and find out what it meant. Maybe it would offer him a way out.
A bigger destiny awaited him. He was sure of it.
Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.
He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).