One of the most difficult aspects of being a full-time writer is sticking to self-set deadlines. Looking back at my planned release schedule for 2016 makes me laugh...And it's not a case of me looking at a blank page and saying "This looks like a job for future me," either. It's more of a case of being a bit overambitious for a 24-hour day.
With that said, I'm very proud to announce the release of a brand new series. The Engineer's Escape is inspired by quite a few elements and tropes dear to me. I first jotted down the premise for this story after reading about Mark Watney's exploits in The Martian, though fans of Star Trek, Metroid, and Battlestar Galactica will recognize the familiar tropes that make these stories so much fun to read.
This series follows the life of a space engineer named Skye. However, she's not your typical engineer. Throughout the explored galaxy, the Council have deployed a series of lightweight, crewless spacecraft that can respond to the all-too-common engineering crises of an expanding human frontier. Once activated, the Swallowtail ship '3D prints' Skye's body and imprints her consciousness in it. She can then tackle the tough and dangerous problems that humans can't, or won't, handle. At the end of each mission, her consciousness is re-uploaded and distributed to the network and her body is broken back down until that particular ship is activated again.
This premise was the jumping point for some interesting questions. What would happen if Skye dies? Well, if she's in range and there's enough time, her consciousness can be transmitted back to the ship. Out of range? That instance of her dies for good.
Since she can be printed at any of the Swallowtail class ships connected to the network, she can complete a mission in one sector and moments later 'wake up' in a sector on the opposite side of the galaxy to embark on another mission. I'm very excited about this series and can't wait to hear what my readers think about The Engineer's Escape. 🙂
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