It’s finished!

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.

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New Sentients of Orion short story

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.

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The Stain Wars novella

I’ve got a hankering to write me some space opera. So, I’ve decided to write a novella spin off from the Sentients of Orion universe. It will be more of a prequel and will follow the story of the Stain Wars. More than that … well, I’m still considering whose POV to tell it from: Jo-Jo Rasterovich, Rast Randall, or maybe even Lasper Farr. I’ll let you know who, when I decide. Any thoughts?

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Tardigrades Make the Best Aliens

tardigrade_1In 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)

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Mardel Reviews Transformation Space

US Edition - E-book

US Edition – E-book

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.