In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens.
Telius simply wants to marry the man he loves. Argen struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. Both twins help their mother face Valchondria’s greatest threats.
Taldra accepted the title of Leader for Valchondria’s one-world government. Maintainer Admiral Nil blames her for a series of tragedies and might pose an even greater threat than the changelings that want to feed on humanity.
Native American storytelling inspired this stand-alone sequel to Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.
What makes your world special or different?
Most of the characters are people of color. Many of them are gay or bisexual, but they don’t see that as controversial in any way. Women hold some of the most powerful positions. Unfortunately, they struggle with other forms of prejudice.
How does your main character fit into this world?
In Degranon, Taldra is an Iroquois woman whose dedication to space exploration gets her entangled in an epic battle. In Sons of Taldra, she must lead Valchondria in a battle against shapeshifting aliens.
Taldra stands up for scientific advancement, free speech, personal responsibility, and individualism. Those stands often cause problems for her.
Tell us about the technology of your world.
Valchondria had advanced much more quickly than us, but science devolved after they shut down the space program. It’s a weird mixture of futuristic and antiquated. They don’t have cell phones, but they used to have space ships, and now they have hoverlanes.
What are the people who inhabit your world like?
Valchondria (Earth) developed a one-world government, consisting of Leader, the Maintainers, and the Supreme Science Council. The Maintainers combine our concepts of police, military, and judges; they might hold too much power.
The characters are human and reflect a variety of Earth cultures. The government echoes the Iroquois constitution.
Native American mythology inspired the aliens we hear about in the first novel and encounter in the second one. I drew heavily from Navajo shapeshifter stories in particular but added science fiction twists.
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