On January 2021, Aiki Flinhart published an anthology described as:
Futures and pasts, Fearless and Frightening.
Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins is a must-read collection for all fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. A celebration of legacy. * Bizarre remnants of a lost civilisation emerge from the ice. * The ghosts of a drowned town wait to be awakened. * A witch with a dragon problem. * What Elvis will do to protect his fellow artists from annihilation. * An ancient spaceship carries the last, fragmented memories of Earth. * Broken souls of the dead are passed on to the new-born. …These and many more tales showcase the hopes, remnants, and fears of humanity.
In this collection is a story set in the Sentients of Orion world, entitled “The Echo of Love.”
The Echo of Love by Marianne de Pierres – a rather obnoxious human expert is asked by the space station management to interview a strange casket that may contain an alien. A story that mixes understanding of language, love with something eerie building to a memorable finale. A lovely puzzle of of a tale for the reader to solve.
Some of you may remember that Dr Thea Boshoff wrote her PhD thesis about my Sentients of Orion series. Her thesis is entitled:
Crafting positions: representations of intimacy and gender in The Sentients of Orion.
Well, Thea just contacted me to say that she’ll be presenting a paper called *The Aliens of Orion* at a conference in Lisbon. The main theme of the conference is what it means to be human. Thea’s paper shows how the progression in my depiction of aliens reflects a progression in the nature of humanity.
Here is the poster from the conference. Giant lobsters. What is not to love?
Let’s start with an introduction: Who is Marianne de Pierres?
I’m an Aussie speculative fiction writer with about 17 published novels. A couple of my series have been released in the US, but mostly they are available in Australia and the Commonwealth countries. My websites tell more about me than I can coherently explain and not bore you to death, so go and check them out: main, Burn Bright and Tara Sharp Series. I tend to write across genres.
Your next novel, Mythmaker, will be published by Angry Robot. It’s the latest in your Peacemaker series: How would you introduce it to a potential new reader, and what can fans of the series expect?
It’s a real genre mashup. Think classic Western pulp fiction with a female protagonist, set in Australia, but paranormal! At heart it’s an old school Western adventure, a conservation novel, and a story about dislocated communities.
Today I am interviewing Marianne de Pierres , author of the new urban fantasy/SF Western novel, Mythmaker.
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DJ: Hey Marianne! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
Could you start things off by telling readers a little bit about Mythmaker?
Marianne de Pierres: Hi DJ! Great to meet you! MYTHMAKER is the sequel to PEACEMAKER, a story set in a future Australia about a park ranger and a US Marshall who have to work together to keep mythological creatures from overrunning the world. Their relationship is uneasy at best, and the series is action packed. I blend the Western genre with urban fantasy and a little SF.
DJ: Can you briefly tell us a little about your main character? Does she have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with her?
Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.
The PARRISH PLESSIS series has been translated into many languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the PEACEMAKER series is being adapted into a novel adventure game. The sequel to PEACEMAKER, MYTHMAKER was just released by Angry Robot Books.
Fictional dystopias born from climate change are increasingly prevalent in fiction. Not that it’s a new concept … JG Ballard wrote The Wind from Nowhere, The Drowned World and The Burning World back in the ’60s, and they weren’t the first CliFi novels by any means. Jules Verne, I believe, wrote one in 1889. Recently though, the sub-genre has gained momentum as particularly seen in the success of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy.
I’m delighted to say that my new Sentients of Orion short story The Echo of Love has been sold to Cosmos Magazine. I’m not sure which edition it will be in, but I’ll share details when I know.
As I mentioned in the previous post, the story was based on a dream. It’s the first time I’ve ever written a story in this way, but the fact that the memory of it stayed with me for several years before I wrote it, suggests there was something important I needed to explore.
It’s a story about the limitations of personal perception and is set on a space station.
My new short story is finished and for the moment it’s called ‘The Echo of Love’. It still needs a bit of tweaking but I managed to successfully get most of my dream down on paper. It’s the first time I’ve ever done that – dream to story. It was a weird experience. The dream left me with a lingering sense of loss and disconnection which was impossibly hard to translate. And like most dreams it didn’t make sense. But I remembered it two years later and became obsessed with the idea that it should become part of the Sentients of Orion universe.
So please tell me, have you ever written a story based on a dream? I’d love to hear about it.
So I’m writing a short story in the Sentients of Orion universe. It’s based a dream I had a long time ago, and I’m quite unsure if I can pull it off. As it is with dreams, the inner monologue of the characters/dream people is harder to capture once you commit their thoughts to page. The story’s main character is a humanesque psychologist by the name of Kyne who lives on a space station. It’s a love story of sorts. Wish me luck! About halfway through now, I’ll give you an update when I’m done.