Saturday, January 22, 2011
I figured something out with my two SFR novellas
I was washing dishes(by hand, no electronical dishwasher in the Aires' home) and had a break through!
Currently I am editing Refugees on Urloon, a SFR novella, for submission. In the wings I have Galactic Game, a SFR novella that was part of a larger series. Due to publisher/contract issues I decided to divorce GG from that original series and rewrite it as a stand alone.
But both Refugees and GG have a common element, a major galactic war as a background element. Their tech is similar because this is my brain, folks. It is a huge galaxy with much diversity--actually all my SFR ideas could fit in it-- at least until I want to move on. I knew there had to be a way to connect them into the same Universe.
In the Urloon story there is a minor character, Palos, who will eventually be rescued by his wealthy family because he is an heir to a planetary ruler-ship, but it will be at least two years, perhaps longer for the rescue to occur. He can't do the adaption procedure to live underwater with the Urloon. The other option is farming, not his cup o' tea. King Rankree offers him a different job. Go undercover to a wild, lawless planet called El Tango and look for disenfranchised military and pirates that might target the lovely world, Urloon.
In Galactic Game, the four survivors have the opportunity to contact someone to rescue them, but they don't know who won the war, or who to contact, and they don't want to alert pirates etc to their vulnerable spacecom relay station. Dooley, a secondary character, has some experience with low places and illegal associates, and he has a buddy that runs a service on El Tango.