Space Hostages has been out for a fortnight!
I’ve been talking about it in various exciting places.
Jim over at Middle Grade Strikes Back asked me some great questions about worldbuilding, alien (and human) genders and languages here, and I told Tales of Yesterday about creating aliens (and drew them a picture of a certain amazing technicolour teenage Morror) here.
You can read the first snippet from Space Hostages back over there — and the next one is here and is a video snippet! I hope you enjoy
my hair. — I mean, my reading. Thisa conversation between Alice and probably my favourite new character in Space Hostages, who happens to be a spaceship: the Helen of Troy.
Helen came from a throwaway line — Mr Trommler, the CEO of Archangel Planetary, hits on Dr Muldoon and gets rebuffed. Unfazed, he says “At least my Helen loves me!” This was just supposed to be a characterisation note for him.
But then I thought, wait, what if that was literally true? So Helen is an intelligent, charming and friendly spaceship, who is also programmed to be in love with her captain — and she turned out to be so important in the plot I don’t know how I could ever have got by without her.