Lunar Dust, Martian Sands released
I’ve released my Science Fiction novel Lunar Dust, Martian Sands, and its audio drama prequel, Shalbatana Solstice, both under the TEC Publishing banner.
The novel takes place at the start of the 22nd century. Ed Ferald, pilot of the tug Cydonia Zach on the Martian-Lunar run, receives orders from his uncle and boss to take an enigmatic woman as his sole passenger on the return to Mars. When an explosion destroys the passenger ship on which the woman originally booked passage, Ed races against time to rescue the survivors. But he soon finds himself ensnared in plots fed by Earth politics and corporations fighting to preserve their profits even if it means putting the survival of the Martian colony at risk.
Ed’s passenger is at the center of the fight, though on what side he can’t tell… (More at the Lunar Dust, Martian Sands sales page for the paperback version.
The eBook version is available on Amazon.
In the audio drama Shalbatana Solstice, When a geologist is stranded at Marsport and is desperate to get back to Shalbatana Valles, Ed, who at that time was flying a suborbital shuttle on Mars, is “persuaded” by his friend to alter his flight path so they can take the woman back to the remote science outpost.
But when he learns she needs to get back for a solstice festival, a festival whose invited attendees are sworn not to reveal what goes on after sundown, Ed begins to wonder what he got himself into.
Whatever Ed thought might happen that night, he wasn’t ready for the reality he faced, if reality is the right word. The thing is, neither were the regulars ready for the events that occurred that night during Null Time, those extra 40 minutes after midnight and before the start of the Martian day.
They thought they had seen it all, but Ed, whose time he spent on Mars since he was a child made him a true Martian, became a catalyst for a new vision that for many who witnessed it would send them on the next flight back to Earth. For others, it was a glimpse of the Martians they might become.
A Martian Drinking Song
This is actually a triple release, or maybe 2-1/2. Music plays an important role in Shalbatana Solstice, including two original songs written for the drama by Dan Bouwman.
The “Mars Rover,” based on the old Celtic tune “The Wild Rover” but with new lyrics by Dan Bouwman, is available for download as a single. “The Mars Rover” is based on the centuries old Celtic tune the “Wild Rover,” but with new lyrics fitting the next century.
There’s a lot of mystery about what happens at the Shalbatana Solstice Festival when it reaches the Martian Null Time. Before the clock strikes midnight, however, it’s pretty clear what these geologists and staff at the remote science outpost want to do: sing rowdy bar songs and dance beneath the stars.
“The Mars Rover” is one of their favorites.
Hear a sample and purchase the download here.