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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author J. Scott Coatsworth to Stories That Make You Smile. Scott is here today celebrating the release of The Shoreless Sea, the fabulous conclusion to his epic Liminal Sky series. He’s brought alone an excerpt, a generous giveaway, and an additional, exclusive excerpt. Read on to learn all about this fabulous series! 🌟
The Shoreless Sea by J. Scott Coatsworth
The Liminal Sky trilogy comes to its stunning conclusion!
Series: Liminal Sky (book #3)
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Length: Long Novel / 131k words / 488 pages
Genre(s) etc.: SciFi, near future, space opera, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, nb, non binary, transgender, future, generation ship, AI, artificial intelligence, deaf
It is not necessary to have read the previous books, but it doesn’t hurt.
Humankind is on its way to the stars, a journey that will change it forever. Each of the stories in Liminal Sky explores that future through the lens of a generation ship, where the line between science fiction and fantasy often blurs. At times both pessimistic and very hopeful, Liminal Sky thrusts you into a future few would ever have imagined.
As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.
The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth’s technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.
But during the generation ship’s decades-long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope. They’ll have to face not only Lilith’s minions, but also the mistrust of their own kind and persecution from a new government as homotypicals continue to fear what they can’t understand.
The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld must be healed, and the people of Forever must let go of their past and embrace what they’re meant to become.
☆ Exclusive Excerpt ☆
From the Prologue
Andy soared above her world on the wings of an albatross, riding the slipstream beneath the glowing light of the spindle.
Below, the curve of the world stretched up and around her, wrapping over the spindle to touch again somewhere above her head.
It was midafternoon, and the plants of Forever far below were aglow too—the golden light of the open plains and the greenish glow of copses of trees and orchards. She flew past the new sea being formed near the North Pole, purified water extracted from a snagged comet in the Kuiper Belt slowly filling it up. One day it would be both a resource and a formidable barrier to the human inhabitants of Forever, a small ocean that wrapped all the way around the world.
Barriers were a necessary part of any human society and ecosystem.
Past the lowlands, she flew over Thyre—formerly the Eyre—a small but bustling community that sat at the end of the highlands where the Rhyl dropped down a high black cliff to the lowlands and then out to sea.
She wondered for the thousandth time if Lanya had been right to limit access to the world mind. Somewhere far below, at the Eyre Estate, the human Andy knelt beside a red berry vine, laying in fertilizer to encourage the plant to keep producing the Estate’s prized berries.
Andy thought about reaching out to her doppelgänger, about having that conversation for the umpteenth time. But she decided to leave it alone.
Instead, she let the beautiful bird go on its way.
The albatross had been created with an affinity for her and her kind. Once called the Immortals, Andy and Shandra had instead taken to calling themselves the Caretakers. Events had proven how unimmortal their kind was, though in theory they could long outlive their human kin.
She’d had an uneasy feeling for weeks. A sense that something was off. Wrong.
She had tried to seek it out, in the world mind and in the world at large, but nothing had presented itself.
She returned to her own virtual garden, where the sun was always in the sky, the rain came every hour, and her red berry vines were the picture of perfection. The privileges of a virtual life.
“Thought I’d find you here.” Shandra sounded uncertain, as if she wasn’t welcome in Andy’s garden.
“Yeah, I was just thinking about Andy.”
“You know what I mean.” Andy reached out to touch one of the velvety red leaves of the closest red berry vine. She and Shandra had avoided the trap of becoming too close—of literally becoming the same entity—as Ana and Lex had eventually done. Maybe it was because they had already spent so much time together in their previous lives and had developed a fine balance.
Sometimes, though, that balance felt more like a yawning chasm between them.
“I’m scared.” Andy looked down at her hands. They were every bit as real as they had been—as they still were—for real Andy. But sometimes she felt counterfeit and lost.
Shandra put a hand on her shoulder. “Whatever it is—if it’s anything at all—we’ll face it together.”
It was the first time Shandra had reached out to her in months, literally or figuratively.
Andy turned to her and held out her arms, and they merged.
They mingled their essences, sharing an intimacy that had never been possible for their Forever-bound counterparts, and their thoughts mingled too.
I’m scared don’t be I’m here what if things are never easy but we can handle them together sometimes I just need you I know.
They separated, and Andy took Shandra’s face in her hands and kissed her gently. “I still need you.”
“I need you too.”
Andy reached down to take Shandra’s hand. “Walk with me for a few minutes?”
“I’d like that.”
Andy sighed and let go of her anxious fear.
Together, they wandered through the vines, tasting the ripening berries. For now, this was enough.
Meet the Author
Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.
He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.
A Rainbow Award winning author and Science Fiction Writer’s Association (SFWA) member, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecting their own reality.
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