That’s the theme of this week’s SFRB Summer Blog Hop, and it’s a good one. One of the most fun aspects about developing the settings for my Star Empire saga (soon to be two series, and possibly a third) is getting to develop the strange and wonderful worlds my futuristic characters get to visit. In the Huntress series, I’ve got four main settings where the characters discover more about each other and their society.
Each of the planets represents a different phase of their burgeoning relationship, and a different facet of their society. The Jewel system boasts a host of habitable planets and a vibrant Jumpgate system bringing traffic back and forth between them. Not all worlds are equal, though, and life on some of them is harder than others. A whole new world is just a Jumpgate away, but that Jumpgate may be further out of reach than the other end of the galaxy.
Tenraye is a bucolic world formerly known for fine wines and rich foods, a prosperous playground of abundance…until the people began to believe their prosperity attracted danger.
Guerre is a rough world of cave crystals, native aliens, and ancient secrets slowly being sacrificed to the grinding forces of progress.
Capitol is a city-planet, a worldwide urban sprawl whose spires concentrate the halls of power, but whose depths can be some of the most unexplored, and a person can easily be forgotten in its depths.
Varuna, the warm ocean moon of Iolia, offers spectacular views, warm shallow seas, and sanctuary in the shadow of a graceful gas giant whose system is known for its loose relationship with laws.
In my WIP, the sister series of “Huntress” (called “Scions of the Star Empire”), the citizens of the Torch have lost access to most of their Jumpgates. Their capitol planet, Landfall, possesses four habitable moons, however, and two minor planets at the LaGrange points of its orbit. There are plenty of places to play in the Torch system…but not all of them are safe.
If you’d like to learn more about the worlds of the Star Empire, you can check out the books at this link (where you’ll find links to your favorite retailers). And if you join my private readers’ group, you can get the first three episodes of Huntress absolutely free, plus sneak peeks to exclusive content, extras, bonus features, and the chance to get in early on my new releases. Just put your email in the box below!
I’ve had a lot of fun creating these star systems, and the people in them as they live, love, and adventure. And yet I know that my own little creations can’t really hold a candle to the amazing and astounding alien worlds that are out there in our galaxy–or even our very own home solar system–for real.
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