[insert blaring alarm]
What I really mean is that the novel fits into the mainstream sci-fi landscape, so readers are not going to be blind-sided by a story that only appeals to a fringe or niche audience. You won’t be confronted by any detailed technical jargon in the book, which I personally feel can get in the way of a good plot and does turn off some readers. Quorum Treaty builds on top of decades of great science fiction literature by assuming many sci-fi fans already understand deep space travel, space communication, telepathy or laser weapons without the need to drill down on how these things work.
So, what writing style did I use? [okay, just pretend like you asked]
Third-person limited viewpoint characters convey the story. It seemed the smartest way to tie together plotlines set across multiple locations in a vast universe.
I like the idea of switching from viewpoint to viewpoint. For me, reading a novel written entirely in the first person from one character can be fatiguing.
In a traditional science fiction novel, readers are introduced to new races. Quorum Treaty is no different. The universe of D’Olex treats readers to interstellar races with rich culture, languages, customs and native song. There are plenty of Easter eggs on offer for those who dig a little deeper into the Earth methodology and history. And what are some of these brilliant, one-of-a-kind creatures I hear you ask? 😉
[again, just go with it like you care]
The antagonists of Lore of Energy and Light are the Valkers – a warrior race of bi-pedal reptilians intent on conquering the galaxies of D’Olex. Valkers stand as a man would, albeit they are taller and a tail grows were buttocks would be. Their lust for conquering lands has taken them far from their home planet, and into star systems inhabited by the Alliance of Planets. Conflict between the Valkers and other races has been raging for millennia. They have warred against most races across the known universe at one time or another. Whilst their rule is absolute, it does come with seductive social welfare benefits like free food for the poor and access to advanced medicine.
Related Article: Who are the Valkers?
I think a good a science fiction novel should set out to suspend the belief of the reader. In trying so, I chose to intermix old English prose within the text to give a sense of age and authenticity; like you were reading an old account by someone who was there long ago. Moreover, I removed many modern words that would remind the reader of time or eras; ones that broke suspensions of belief.
So what books or films inspired me? [Well Glen, good question].
Like many of you, I consume more stories and series through the visual medium. I binge on TV shows like Versailles (incredible writing), The Night Manager, Vikings, Sherlock (the Cumberbatch version) and X-files (the new ones were great). One thing they all have in common is devilishly good main characters – and sometimes those characters are not the heroes. More oft than not it’s the bad guys that keep audiences coming back for more. This is true of Vikings. If you like antagonists as much as I, check my Top 5 Villains from film and games.
Alzarrae – character from book 1
I have always aimed to publish the science fiction novel Quorum Treaty early in 2018, although I am conscious that the date could get pushed to late 2018. Keep in the loop by joining my mail list as we head towards the release of Lore of Energy and Light.