Helton Strom is a fairly ordinary guy who runs afoul of officialdom and space pirates. He is left with nothing but his wits and the clothes on his back, without so much as planetary citizenship left to his name. Is the ugly, ancient, broken down military surplus starship he wins in a card game the key to a bright future hauling passengers and cargo among the stars, or will his repairs allow the demons lurking in its murky and lethal past be reawakened to come back and deliver a world of destruction?
The Stars Came Back might be classed as a space-western, with lots of action and adventure. Or maybe it’s a space-opera, and tension ebbs and flows. Unless it’s military fiction, with everything from spaceship battles to serious swords-and-sandals action. You might consider it a philosophical sci-fi, or perhaps it’s a mystery set in space (well, Tajemnica certainly is, in any case). Whatever you want to call it, if you want a good adventure with a few things to think about along the way, this story is for you.
This is my first novel. Hopefully, it won’t be the last.
3 thoughts on “The Stars Came Back”
I think this bit is plenty;
“Helton Strom is a fairly ordinary guy who runs afoul of officialdom and space pirates. He is left with nothing but his wits and the clothes on his back, without so much as planetary citizenship left to his name.”
Bam! You got me. Excellent! It’s all you need, but you might want to add a dot dot dot at the end…
For me at least, the sentences that follow it were a detraction.
Then again; when I created a new product line and asked others for their opinions, I got nothing of value to me. I can’t tell you how many people thought I was a fool, and it would never work, what the hell am I doing forsaking a well-established business for this pie-in-the-sky, if it could be done it would already have been done, and no one would buy it, and so on. Therefore my best advice probably is;
Don’t ask for advice, and be very skeptical about it when offered. It’s your baby, you know where you want to go with it and you have it’s best interests at heart.
And again, just a personal thing with me, because I’ve seen this sort of thing in business over and over and over again for 40 years; stating that you don’t know what to call it is not a good idea. I’ve never seen it work. Either wait patiently for the right term to come tp you or don’t even try to classify it. UltiMAK is a dumb name, and Keeney Bros. is a boring name (the Beatles is a stupid name for band, too – It could never fly) but they beat any aggregate of disperate people’s opinions of what they should be. Those two sentences you have at the top are great all by themselves.
But then I told you not to take my advice.
My brother and a friend of his went into business together. Whale watching in Juneau. His name is “Pete,” his friend is “Jay.” So they called it “Harv & Marv’s.” It went on to become the number ONE tourist thing to do in Juneau, according to TripAdviser. Turned out to be marketing genius, because it was semi-memorable, and didn’t sound like all the other “Juneau Whale Watch Tour” operations in town. It sounded like a couple of locals, because it was. Marketing is strange that way. For some people, that first bit might be enough. I think for a lot of people, a bit more, the mystery of the ship, will be the hook. Still need it shorter and pithier, but I can work on that.