Saturday, February 2, 2019

No Answer - Snippet from Trapped for #WeWriWa #SciFiRom

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This week I’m continuing my new story. It will be book 3 in my series Atrapako on Eden. The settings are two remote planets: Eden, a terraformed planet with a colony of humans; and Vkani, an inhospitable planet with scaled human(oid) aliens. You can read about the planets and their inhabitants in my Blog Post HERE.

Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands of Vkani. But before they landed, a sandstorm smashed into their shuttle.
My tentative title is Trapped on Vkani. You can read last week’s snippet here –
I’ve skipped a few lines and changed the name Mark to Steve. Also, working on notes like “need scary ending” for Chapter 1.
Please excuse my abuse of punctuation to fit.

      Maya focused on Steve, Lieutenant Jarvi had been assigned by the Terran Space Authority as their pilot and expert on inhospitable environments; he would know what to do in this emergency.
     “Steve?” she prompted.
     “Felix, check the  instruments,” he ordered, tapping the control panel; “Hong, call the station.” Their support staff, Kit Rangi and Ross Wu, were based in the orbiting station.
     Grabbing the mike, Hong called, “Mayday, mayday, come in Big Bird.” After repeating the call for a third time, she swiveled to face Steve, “There’s no answer.”
     He directed his laser beam at the windshield. The light reflected on a dull red surface with tiny glints of crystalline particles. “The shuttle’s buried under the sand, a thick layer. Our radio transmissions can’t penetrate to the surface.”

Draft Blurb
Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.

     Maya Pandita’s expedition to the Deadlands ends abruptly when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm. Her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet and their belongings confiscated. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their captors and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
     Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Or rather three problems, three smooth-skinned foreigners he has retrieved along with treasures from the ancient ruins. He cannot stomach killing the puny creatures, nor can he permit them to summon a superior warlord. His band must begin their long trek to his house before the hot season. 
     An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.  


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  1. Well, that is yet another problem. Someone is going to have to go out. Great snippet!

  2. If their radio can't escape the sand, will they be able to? Nice tension.

  3. Can they dig it up? Will they have to?

  4. Not a very good situation they're in, but lots of tension and excitement for the readers! Enjoyed the snippet, can't wait to read more...

    1. More will be forthcoming. I might skip to Chapter two.

  5. Okay, we know someone is going to take a shuttle down to get them out. My question is this. Are any of them wearing red shirts? We all know what happens to the poor sod who wears a red shirt. *snicker* Nice snippet.

    1. They won't be rescued by a shuttle until the end of the story.

  6. Wonder how deep they are? If they're buried, they're not even going to be able to leave the shuttle!

  7. Hopefully their support staff will realize they've lost contact. (And hopefully they'll realize that sooner rather than later.)

  8. Nice description of the windshield, Aurora. I do wonder how they'll get out of this--if the scaley residents dig them out? :-)

    1. Sort of. The meeting of the two main characters is quite amusing.

  9. You have an amazing imagination!

  10. Great tension. I'm curious to see what happens next. Do they start digging?

  11. Oh that sucks. How will they get out without all the sand getting in? Great snippet, Aurora.