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Deborah has kindly agreed to share her some of her experiences that helped shape her work. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did.
When I started writing the Hathor Legacy series, I used my experience working in the corporate world as my inspiration. Corporate culture is a world all its own, and I'd worked within that structure for a long time as an IT programmer. In that position, I got to see a lot of what went on behind the scenes, and those experiences helped me to develop the culture for Novacorp Galactic, Inc., the corporation that runs things in the series.
It's probably a very good bet that in the future, corporations will be the ones leading space exploration. If so, that means that they'll be looking for resources on other worlds. Their research will be driven by the need to create profits, as opposed to research for the sake of learning. In that type of environment, it's fair to say that corporations will be looking for planets where they can find natural resources they can tap into. Or they might also terraform planets so that they will be able to sustain human life.
There's already interest in terraforming Mars, and there are people who have signed up to be colonists once that opportunity becomes a reality! In my series, the planet, Hathor is terraformed to support human life, but in the process, a virus is unleashed that spreads a sickness through the colonies. The survivors develop psychic abilities, and their descendants become the Guardians who lend their formidable powers to provide security for the wealthy corporate managers and other citizens.
The neighboring planet, Astarte is what is referred to as a "goldilocks planet." It's already capable of sustaining human life and doesn't need to be terraformed. NASA has already identified similar planets in other solar systems, and it's possible that in the future, colonists from Earth will be able to make the trip within their lifetimes. Right now what's needed is a way to travel that will take months as opposed to years to reach these far-flung worlds.
One day it will be possible for humans to leave Earth and colonize other planets. What will that look like and how will it change the culture? I wanted to answer those questions in my series. But it is possible that one day soon, we might find out for ourselves if science fiction can become science fact, and humans can start moving beyond Earth to populate other worlds.
Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series
An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.
While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.
The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu groups are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.
Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.
"I just got word from security." The words tumbled out so quickly that Azure had to stop to take a breath. "It's Mikal. He's escaped the penal colony on a ship. Novacorp security lost track of it. They don’t know where he is right now."
"He what?" It took her a moment to get her thoughts in order to reply. "But how could he? They did the Burn Order. It was supposed to destroy his mental functions, right?"
"Not all, obviously. The injection was only meant to destroy his PSI abilities. But he was still able to break out of the colony, steal a ship and get past all the security checks."
How had Mikal been able to escape a penal colony? He was supposedly neutralized by the chemical injection he was given after he'd been taken off Hathor. How had he even had the awareness to escape? Yet again, they'd underestimated him.
"He might have had help from someone at the colony," Nadira suggested. "Otherwise, how could he escape? Isn't it maximum security?"
"My child, I have no idea. We're still waiting for an update from the colony," Azure replied, "But we must be on our guard. I'll stay in Nova City until we receive word of his capture."
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Deborah A Bailey's Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her books include the Hathor Legacy science fiction romance series and the Family Pride shapeshifter paranormal romance series.
Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance technical writer and author of non-fiction books and articles for various online publications. http://www.BrightStreetBooks.com
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