Monday, October 21, 2019

What's Past is Prologue? Not in this Series! #snippet #PetsInSpace

William Shakespeare originally coined the phrase "What's past is prologue" for his play The Tempest, but the phrase has become the darling of the sci-fi universe with such television franchises as Star Trek: Discovery and The Flash giving it a nod in episode titles.

The original meaning was basically that history has set the stage for the present. But in some references, it also hints that what's past may be inconsequential to the here and now. That's not the case in my series, where the tumultuous past of this fictional future will be explored in later volumes.

In my latest Inherited Stars Series story, SpyDog, which is part of the just released USA TODAY bestselling volume Pets in Space® 4, one of the characters has the opportunity to summarize the history leading up to their particular point in time in a brief dialogue. But in the Inherited Stars Series, his summary isn't just prologue, it's a recap of a future trilogy that will step back into this epic  past.

Scene Set-Up:

  • Rigel is a Network agent who--along with his SpyDog partner, Maura--has a galaxy-altering mission. 
  • Sona is a warrior class female Rathskian with a mysterious mission of her own. 
  • Captain Garr is the Network pilot of the transport that's ferrying them to an important rendezvous.

Conflicting missions have resulted in an altercation between the three.

Excerpt (edited slightly for context):

Rigel rose from the flight couch, his attention fixed on Sona. 

Garr’s gruff voice intruded on the look that passed between them. “And what about me?”

“I’ll release you if you agree not to fly to LaGuardia and take us straight to the Network transport,” Sona stated.

“I can’t do that.” His glare shifted to Rigel. “And neither can you.”

Rigel faced him. “I have my orders, but you need to explain why this detour to LaGuardia is so important.”

Garr eased out his breath with a subtle shake of his head. “That Ithian blockade on Banna was all about the Alliance trying to capture Commodore Gant—a LaGuardian. When Specter blew their blockade, one of their big battleships was destroyed in the process. As a result, they’ve threatened immediate retaliation against LaGuardia. They’re going to occupy the planet.”

“If the Ithians intend to retaliate against LaGuardia, why would we want to go there?” Sona demanded.

“Because LaGuardia is the home of the Royal Draxian Archives. The records of our history that the Ithians are desperately trying to erase so they can replace it with their lies about our past. They want to bury the truth. High Queen Katrina was real. Our origins on the planet called Earth is truth. The Flame and the Fire Lords did exist. The vortex they passed through was a reality. It’s all there. All the lost knowledge. All the forgotten centuries. Almost fourteen thousand years of it. And it’s in jeopardy.”

“I know of these archives,” Sona said pensively. “They preserve important history for my people, too. But what does it have to do with us?”

“We’ve been directed to acquire the archives on datacells and deliver the contents to the Network. Before the gigadam Ithians can destroy it forever.”

“And with Commodore Gant missing in action, this is a priority for the Network?” Rigel questioned.

“This may be one of the most important things the Network ever does,” Garr declared. “Whether they succeed or fail with their other plans.”


I hope you enjoyed this snippet from SpyDog, which is just one of thirteen exciting and highly acclaimed stories in the almost 1,500 page volume, Pets in Space® 4. Also includes works by bestselling and award winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, Kyndra Hatch, Cassandra Chandler and Donna McDonald.

As of this writing, Pets in Space® 4 has an average Amazon rating of 4.9 stars with 50 reviews, and has hit #1 on Amazon, Nook and Kobo, in addition to being named a USA TODAY bestseller!

Don't miss out! Pets in Space® 4 is a limited run and when you purchase a copy of this amazing collection in the next 15 days, 10% of your purchase will go toward our contribution to the awesome Hero Dogs, an organization that raises and trains service dogs free of charge for military veterans and first responders. So it's a win-win!

Thanks for stopping by Spacefreighters Lounge today for another glimpse into my story, SpyDog. 

And one final noteworthy mention. Today would have been Carrie Fisher's--aka Princess-General Leia's--63rd birthday. Honoring all she did for the SFR universe. We miss you, Carrie!

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Have a wonderful week filled with great reads!

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