It’s National Space Day! A day to celebrate the universe we live in and inspire us to pursue knowledge and progress. Originally started in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-off, it was late expanded, celebrated, and turned into an annual event. I wanted to celebrate, too!
And what better way is a book nerd to celebrate? BY SHOUTING ABOUT ALL THE SPACE BOOKS, OF COURSE! (Including mine, ahem.)
I’m actually reading a really great space novel right now The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. She’s one of my favorite authors and this book doesn’t disappoint. I’ve always loved her character building, quiet queerness, and intertwined stories. If you want to dive into Chambers’ work but don’t want to read the whole Wayfarer series, she also has an excellent novella To Be Taught, If Fortunate. I also just finished reading Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir last winter. Late to that party, I know, but snarky characters and lesbian necromancers in space? Hell yeah.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
I’m still reeling about the fact that my scifi book – Finding Hekate – came out four years ago, and it’s a completed duology with Losing Hold. It’s a high action, character-driven story with a hunted-becomes-the-hunter mentality, featuring broken characters, siblings, a queer romantic relationship, and one of the most fun antiheros I’ve ever written. PLUS, it’s also a SPAAAAACE story!
It’s been a while since I highlighted my scifi books, so I thought today would be the perfect day to celebrate the found family, at-each-other’s-throats, friends-to-lovers crew of the Eclipse. Here are some fast facts about each of them!
Looks: Short red hair, blue eyes, tan
Function on the Eclipse: Captain
Best Personality Trait: Clever
Worst Personality Trait: Cowardly
Favorite Color: Black
Weapon of Choice: Daggers
Looks: Brown hair with colorful accents, brown eyes, hella pale skin
Function on the Eclipse: First mate and gunner
Best Personality Trait: Cheerful
Worst Personality Trait: Ignorant
Favorite Color: Orange
Weapon of Choice: Wrist knife
Looks: Buzzed dark hair, green eyes, dark skin
Function on the Eclipse: Navigator and engineer
Best Personality Trait: Determined
Worst Personality Trait: Quick to anger
Favorite Color: Dark green
Weapon of Choice: Words
Looks: Shaggy, dark hair, green eyes, dark skin
Function on the Eclipse: Pilot
Best Personality Trait: Loyal
Worst Personality Trait: Speaks without thinking
Favorite Color: Dark blue
Weapon of Choice: Humor
Hobby: Building bombs
That’s my crew! It was a lifetime ago, but I had such an amazing time writing this story. Mia was one of the first characters who really spoke to me, and while her story started as a short story for undergrad, it supernova-ed into the best damn duology this side of the midnight sun. (IMHO, of course.)
The best part is, if you’re wanting to purchase it, it’s ON SALE on the DPP website and so are all the other fabulous books. Use the code 10DPP to get a 10% discount!
So Happy National Space Day, everyone. Now go make this book nerd proud by blasting off with one of these amazing reads.