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The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth - Book Tour

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Date Published: 10/10/17
Publisher: DSP Publications

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Some stories are epic.

The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.

Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.

From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.

Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.

Book One of Liminal Sky

Excerpt – Lex

For my guest post, I thought I’d share a scene from chapter two of “The Stark Divide”:

Something brushed past her legs under the surface of the water. Startled, Lex looked down, but there was nothing there.
It was time to swim back to shore.
She set off, long strokes pulling her toward the beach in the distance.
It happened twice more as she swam, and the second time there was a sharp pain in her left leg.
She emerged from the sea onto the golden sand of the beach, water dripping off her naked skin. She checked both her legs, but there was no visible sign of damage—just a dull ache. Probably nothing.
She crossed the wide strip of sand, warm between her toes, and entered the forest under a canopy of fir trees and wild ferns that smelled of damp loam and mushrooms.
She ran through her domain as quickly as she could manage, pausing now and again to breathe in the crisp forest air. The path beneath her feet was well-worn and led her through the woods to a stony outcrop that overlooked a peaceful valley far below.
She stood on the crest of the hill, looking down at the verdant vale. A stone tower rose from a granite hilltop in the middle of a field of green grass.
It all looked normal. Well, almost all of it.
She frowned. Near the edge of the valley, the grass had turned yellow and brown, painting a sickly patch against the living green of the scene. Something smelled off too, foul with a hint of carrion in the breeze that blew up from the valley floor.
Her joints ached. She wasn’t relishing the hike into the valley.
Dressler, we have a problem.
She sighed and turned her attention back to the “real” world. The mystery in the valley would have to wait.


About the Author

Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Enticed into fantasy and sci fi by his mom at the tender age of nine, he devoured her Science Fiction Book Club library. But as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were in the books he was reading.

He decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at his local bookstore. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He loves to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

Starting in 2014, Scott has published more than 15 works, including two novels and a number of novellas and short stories.

He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own lives.

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