I, Effing Feline, have been thinking about Twiggles the Dog. I may have looked like I was sleeping, but really, I was pondering whether I should treat Twiggles better. First, I came up with reasons why Twiggles is inferior to me:
- She barks at passersby
- She smells
- She’s so eager to please she debases herself
- She gets to go for walks outside and I don’t
- And the clincher — she’s so dumb she can’t even use litter!
Once again, today’s snippet is from Ed’s Valentine’s Day sci fi romance, Constellation XXI. We’ve seen how her spaceship has mysteriously died, but this week we move back in time to the lead up to that terrifying moment. Heroine Sienna Dukelsky turns on the ship’s sensors for spotting incoming ships that will need to be guided to the space station orbiting her home world. Here we learn how her tugship, a crucial character in the story, operates using thoughts.
“Step thirty-nine: upon reaching alpha position, turn on gravitational-wave sensors.”
She thought a sequence of letters and colors to activate the grav-wave grid. She would’ve preferred flipping switches with gratifying clicks, but DA387 was a Thought Ship, with a limited array of manual controls. It had been delivered only two months ago with every bell and whistle, costs be damned. And it was hers, all hers.
In response to her brainwaves, a grid showing the scanning sensors glowed on her helmet’s visor. She thought with sufficient force to send a command through the bioelectrode nanos in her neurons. The nerve impulses leaped at the speed of light through the finger sockets in her gauntlets and then to the ship’s computers.
A request for confirmation appeared on her visor.
“Aye, aye,” Sienna said, though she could’ve thought the confirmation, instead.
Effing Feline here again. Being a fair feline, intellectual honesty compelled me to come up with a complete and comprehensive list of Twiggle’s strong points:
- She means no harm, except to the mailman
I’m sure you agree with my scientificational proof that cats are superior to dogs! Right?
Rediscovering Love at the Worst Possible Time
Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she inexplicably settles for a routine, unglamorous job guiding incoming spaceships to safe berths at Farflung Space Station. Rumors blamed her startling decision on heartbreak after Crispin Hunt, the love of her life, got expelled.
Approaching Farflung years several later, Crispin’s freighter is met by Sienna’s tugship. Love rekindles, though dampened by old betrayals. And when her ship loses power while aimed straight at the space station, Sienna must confront astonishing secrets about Crispin and his cargo—secrets that make hers the most important job in the galaxy.
Constellation XXI is a standalone book that continues the saga of the Dukelsky family begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station and Escapee. It will be released February XIV. Until then, pre-order it from these fine sites: