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.
The beautiful sketch you saw the other day features Mira Fedor, Insignia (the organic ship) and Wanton. It portrays a very dramatic scene from Mirror Space where Mira escapes from captivity and is rescued by Insignia. As you can see Mira is pregnant – so she is protecting her baby as well as herself.
Now I get to share the first colour look. This is still the rough version but I’m staggered at how close the likeness is to my own imagination of the three. Wayne and I have talked a little about Mira and Wanton but his interpretation of Insignia is wholly his own and quite spot on.
The series will be available later this month. I’ll let you know as soon as I do! If you haven’t read it then you can check out many of the reviews here. I’m very proud of these books they pushed me and changed me.
Here’s my review favourite quote of all:
“The Sentients of Orion is a complex, highly textured and riveting space opera. It’s set across an entire galaxy populated by ‘humanesques’ and other, more alien beings; the action veers from intense family drama to planet-wrecking destruction. It considers genetic engineering, religion, politics, personal responsibility and the different forms love can take. It’s both character and plot-driven, and the conclusion totally astounded me. This is a series that has changed my way of thinking about space opera, and the characters that populate it.” Asif.
Now to have Wayne Haag illustrating a boutique graphic novel of the series is kind of a dream come true. I’m honoured to be collaborating with such a great SF talent.
I’m very excited to sneak preview this for you. The amazing Wayne Haag (aka Ankaris)is drawing a boutique graphic novel for the Sentients of Orion US release. It will be available free, electronically, for all fans of the series and will centre around a pivotal and dramatic scene in Mirror Space where Mira escapes. I’ve seen the roughs and you are going to love it!
There will be a press release and dedicated web page for it when it’s ready to go but I couldn’t help but share this early pencil of the cover. Excited!!!!!