I sat with my back to the girl in labour. Of course, at my age, anyone younger than twenty harvests is considered to be a girl. I could hear her screams, her panting. I could hear the midwife reassuring her, telling her to push. I could hear the girl cursing and swearing, threatening to bring down the wrath of Light onto the absent father of the child she was pushing into existence. The pain of labour always brings out the best humour – and language – in a woman.
In Tunnel City, the greatest respect you could show any other person was to turn your back on them, giving them some privacy. Aside from the midwife and myself, the labouring girl had an entire platform to herself. Anyone with an urgent need to pass, did so with their eyes carefully averted. The hope we all felt for this mother was reflected in the eyes of anyone who happened to meet my gaze as they scurried past. Continue reading “Tunnel City”
Wracked by war and long-term abuse, Earth can no longer sustain life. Humanity is dying, with the last vestiges desperately scraping together an existence below ground. Salvation is discovered, however, in orbit around Jupiter.
A cluster of bubbles, each the size of a marble, is scooped up by a routine mining craft in transit to Jupiter. During discovery and experimentation, scientists determine that the bubbles can expand. They grow to encompass any volume of air or materials placed inside them, protecting their contents from the harsh environment. Continue reading “About the Binda Universe”
Etano Teramis Kal is a CAPDIV Agent, tasked with bringing elusive criminals to justice. After he suffers a tragic loss in his personal life, he sets out on a journey of revenge to dispense his own personal form of justice. Using his metaphysical abilities, Etano must track down the person responsible before his fellow CAPDIV Agents can find the offender. Along the way, he uncovers a secret that has been hidden for thousands of years.
Psience City is a world inside a bubble, floating aimlessly through space. Every citizen of Psience City has metaphysical abilities to some degree, able to manipulate either the minds of others, the physical world, or time itself. When a child is born without abilities, they are ‘cleansed’. Psience City is a highly functional, efficient, and dark place.
‘Hunted’, at approximately 10,000 words, is technically a novelette (long short story? short novella?). It is complete within itself, having a complex plot and rich characters. The story also serves as an introduction to the Binda Universe, the setting for an epic trilogy of space operas. The first saga, ‘Bubble Federation’, is coming soon.