As you know, I’m blessed to have amazing artist WAYNE HAAG drawing a graphic novel bases on the series for you to enjoy. You’ve already seen the cover – but here’s a sneak peek at some of the internals as well. The graphic novel entitled The Hue will be available when Wayne’s finished. I’ll keep you posted!
Something Unpredictable reviews the Sentients series.
“De Pierres has written a beautiful, touching story. This is one of those novels which doesn’t spoon feed you – it throws you straight into the action, so be prepared to hit the ground running. However I found the lack of ‘hand-holding’ very refreshing. Don’t feel that you can’t go back and read bits again – I most certainly did.”
In the Sentients of Orion series, I use tardigrades as my aliens. As you can see here on Astronomy Picture of the Day website, they truly are perfect for it. Here is why I picked them – in APOD’s words:
“Is this an alien? Probably not, but of all the animals on Earth, the tardigrade might be the best candidate. That’s because tardigrades are known to be able to go for decades without food or water, to survive temperatures from near absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, to survive pressures from near zero to well above that on ocean floors, and to survive direct exposure to dangerous radiations. The far-ranging survivability of these extremophiles was tested in 2011 outside an orbiting space shuttle. Tardigrades are so durable partly because they can repair their own DNA and reduce their body water content to a few percent. Some of these miniature water-bears almost became extraterrestrials recently when they were launched toward to the Martian moon Phobos on board the Russian mission Fobos-Grunt, but stayed terrestrial when a rocket failed and the capsule remained in Earth orbit. Tardigrades are more common than humans across most of the Earth.” (taken from APOD site)
Mark Webb reviews Dark Space for the Australian Women Writers 2013 Reading Challenge. Here is an excerpt,
“Italian is not the first culture you expect to see represented in a space opera. This created an interesting point of difference from a lot of other books. The repressed role of women on Araldis provided the source of a lot of the conflict in the novel. It was interesting to think about how some cultural traits that we consider backwards could flourish if the cohort who supports them were to get their own planet.”
You can read Marianne’s interview with Helen Lowe, where she talks about heroes and the Sentients of Orion series.
Thank you to Liviu Suciu for inviting me to blog about the Sentients of Orion over at Fantasy Book Critic.
Ahead of the release Of The Sentients of Orion in the US, it’s great see a new review for Transformation Space, the final book in the series.
Mardel says this among other things:
“Marianne de Pierres has this ability of running multiple characters, personalities (hey – not all writers can have multiple characters with different personalities), plot-lines and situations into a novel. Her narration is great. Her dialogue is great. The situations and how the characters react is interesting. The final great conspiracy is revealed and it’s nothing that any of the characters expected.”
You can read the full review here.