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Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7357274-0-0 B08H6SQRKQ
  • 260 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-1735727417 1735727415
  • 333 pages
  • $14.00
Dorian Keys
Author
Morning Star: A collection of short science-fiction and fantasy stories
Dorian Keys, author
Let me tell you a story that will tell you twelve. Upon arrival at its designated planet, Helsey 8K, Seedship Morning Star suffers a catastrophic accident. An asteroid rips through its cockpit's bridge connector, killing 2 and stranding Captain Irene Deris within.Irene's best way to remain calm and collected throughout the ordeal of her rescue and beyond: a book, written by ship's first pilot, Adam.She is eventually recovered by her crew, but even though that part of her journey is over, she finds herself compelled to keep reading.Her intrigue is piqued by stories about mechas starting a new universe, in a new dimension. Artificial intelligence will deceive alien invaders to save her human love. A teddy bear will save a child's life and a demon will roam the Earth.Stunningly questionable decisions will turn experiments into nightmares, authorities will be duped by mysterious abductors and broken hearts will get their revenge. Read together with Irene as she saves the Morning Star and prepares to begin a whole new life.
Reviews
Keys (Imprint Legacy) delivers 12 science-fiction stories evoking a hopeful future in space in this thoughtful collection. Captain Irene Deris is trapped on the derelict colony ship Morning Star, which is carrying 23 crew and 8,000 human embryos intended to begin a new life for humanity on the other side of the universe. With reserves of food, water, and oxygen, she settles down to wait for the rescue team led by her partner, pilot Adam Kacey, by reading a book of short stories he left behind. This connecting story sets the tone for what’s at stake in Keys’s detailed and engrossing stories.

Despite some less-polished writing and clunky language, the author has a knack for action-packed adventures that employ heroic achievers. In an inventive take on the cause of the Big Bang, “A Universe of Our Own” follows a pair of renegades in mecha suits escaping an oppressive society who steal an energy orb and throw it into a dimension breach. In the emotional “I.R.I.S.,” engineer David Friend must convince the artificial intelligence It Runs ItSelf (IRIS) to help Earth defeat an alien invasion.

Sympathetic characters in harrowing situations draw readers into game-changing decisions with the fate of Earth and humanity in the balance. In “Hansel,” after a young woman finds a human fossil on a terraformed planet far from Earth, she has visions of her ancestors letting their planet die due to carelessness about the climate. Readers will enjoy Keys’s range of stories. The steampunk thriller “The Fuse” sports cybernetic hearts and floating war platforms. In the story, the disgruntled daughter of a military commander challenges his desire to start a war with the subjugated outer colonies and refutes her arranged marriage to an abusive man. In the fantasy “This Is Not a Bedtime Story,” the king’s mage enchants a stuffed cloth bear to defeat Ommin, trapper of souls, and save the young prince. Readers will find themselves engrossed in this variety pack of sci-fi adventures.

Takeaway: Science fiction readers will be immersed in Keys’s space adventures filled with valiant characters on missions to save the Earth and all humanity.

Great for fans of: Rich Larson’s Tomorrow Factory, Samuel Best’s Another World.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: B-
Marketing copy: A

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10/01/2020
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Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7357274-0-0 B08H6SQRKQ
  • 260 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-1735727417 1735727415
  • 333 pages
  • $14.00

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