Like Sci-Fi? Like romance? Like disastrous historic events? Well, you’re in luck. Today’s MuseTracks guest, Veronica Scott, just so happens to write historical romance and moonlights as a science fiction, action, adventure romance writer, too.
Let’s see how she brings all these elements together. Check out her excerpt.
WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM by Veronica Scott
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Titanic, beginning with my childhood, since a distant relative of my grandfather’s was a Second Class passenger who survived. She also rescued a Steerage baby that was handed to her just as the lifeboat began to lower away, returning the child to its mother on board the rescue ship Carpathia. Even without the family connection, there are so many poignant tales, “what ifs” and and intriguing details about Titanic, making the whole disaster irresistible to a writer. My novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM is the result of my gentle obsession with the events of that fatal April 14th night, 100 years ago.
As an author, I’m drawn to science fiction and paranormal romance, so when I decided to write a re-imagining of Titanic’s events, I immediately set the plot in the far future, on a luxury spaceliner roaming the stars rather than the seas. It was a fun challenge to translate aspects of the Titanic itself into the features of my Nebula Dream. Of course, being science fiction, the Dream is a sentient being, run by an Artificial Intelligence (AI). Nick, my Special Forces captain, spends quite a bit of time interacting with the fairly inexperienced AI early in the voyage.
Here’s an excerpt from their first conversation:
Nick came suddenly awake, sitting up, momentarily confused by his surroundings and the unfamiliar, soft bed, before falling onto the pillows again. Screwing his eyes tight shut, rubbing his temples and then the back of his neck, he tried to relieve some of the hot pain from his truly stellar hangover.
“Ship, I need headclear, fast,” he said, clearing his dry throat and hoping his stomach would stop its contortions. Was I actually mixing Suavarian brandy with Taychelle vodka last night? What, was I trying to kill myself?
“Calculated dosage coming up on the bedside server now, Captain Jameson,” answered the AI ganglion assigned to this room and his wellbeing. “Do you wish a consumable or an inject, sir?”
“Inject.” Why is the damn thing asking me – there isn’t time to wait for a consumable, my stomach wouldn’t tolerate it anyway. An inject was his only hope of not disgracing himself right then and there and losing whatever his poor gut had left. Grabbing the gleaming inject as it popped out of the retro nightstand’s top, he slammed it into his left bicep and leaned against the pillows with a groan. Within ten seconds the headclear had taken hold and he felt halfway human. Best invention in the Sectors, bar none.
“Ship, remind me not to do that again,” he said, more to himself than to the AI.
“The name is Nebula Dream.” Icicles couldn’t have been colder than the Ship’s voice.
Great, an AI with attitude. But then, what else would be expected from the premier luxury liner in the Sector?
I have a feeling that if the Titanic had been equipped with an AI, she’d have been a lovely lady, with an attitude somewhere between the haughty First Class grande dames and the calm professionalism of the White Star Line officers. Sailors always speak of their ships as “she” after all!
Here’s the story:
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
You can visit Veronica at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/