Lots of nice things today. First, J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out, the final book in his Liminal Sky trilogy: “The Shoreless Sea.” Second, he’s giving us a unique excerpt here. You won’t read this anyway else! Third, there’s a giveaway to enter where you can win an Amazon gift card. Fourth is a bargain you should run to collect – books one and two are on sale!
Here’s a little more about The Shoreless Sea:
Humankind is on its way to the stars, a journey that will change it forever. Each of the stories in Liminal Sky explores that future through the lens of a generation ship, where the line between science fiction and fantasy often blurs. At times both pessimistic and very hopeful, Liminal Sky thrusts you into a future few would ever have imagined.
As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.
The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth’s technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.
But during the generation ship’s decades-long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope. They’ll have to face not only Lilith’s minions, but also the mistrust of their own kind and persecution from a new government as homotypicals continue to fear what they can’t understand.
The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld must be healed, and the people of Forever must let go of their past and embrace what they’re meant to become.
Get Books One and Two on Sale!
The eBook for book one in the Liminal Sky trilogy, “The Stark Divide,” is just 99¢, and book two, “The Rising Tide,” is $1.99 at all vendors:
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Scott is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card with this tour, along with three eBook sets of his Oberon Cycle trilogy. For a chance to win, enter via a Rafflecopter giveaway
Kiryn taught Dax some of the basic signs—yes, no, me, you—and a few curses for good measure.
Dax was a quick learner. He mostly got the sign on the first try, and when Kiryn quizzed him, he only missed one.
Kiryn wished he had his mother’s gift to talk directly into someone’s mind. His sister could do it too. It would make this whole thing so much easier. The world gave you different gifts. He wished it would hurry up and show him what those gifts were.
He loved seeing the joy Dax took in learning the simple signs. He wondered if they were similar to the signs Dax and his sister had made up together.
For just a moment, Kiryn let himself get carried away with the idea that he might have a life with this one. That Dax would like him despite his deafness.
Not that he really cared what others thought. Being deaf was as integral to him as the color of his eyes or his eternal sense of optimism. He’d grown a thick skin to deal with those occasional assholes who thought otherwise.
Still, he wondered what it might be like.
I can show you the letters next…, he scribbled.
Dax nodded eagerly. “Show me.”
He wrote a letter A and made the sign like a closed fist. Signing by spelling was a lot slower, but it was handy when he didn’t know the sign for a word.
Dax repeated the sign.
“Good.” Now B….
His sister’s voice echoed through his skull.
He jumped up and almost fell backward over the railing. Dax grabbed his arm and pulled him back. “What?”
Kiryn scribbled, My sister. I have to go. He pulled open the access hatch and scrambled down the metal ladder to the ground. Belynn needed him.
Dax landed right behind him. He tapped Kiryn’s shoulder and mimed, I’ll go with you.
Kiryn nodded. He opened the metal door and bounded off through the darkness with Dax at his side.
Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.
He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.
A Rainbow Award winning author and Science Fiction Writer’s Association (SFWA) member, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecitng their own reality.
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