Elyse was a forbidden child. Her parents gave up their youth for the dream of a new start for humanity. They broke the rules to give their daughter a head start. But when their colony ship arrives, the target planet is a ball of ice, and Elyse is left to watch the adults around her cope with devastating failure, and try to make something out of her own life at the same time.
The Speed of Winter is the first in the Four Seasons quintet, which explores the voyages of four arkships and the fate of those left on Earth. Winter will be followed by The Loss of Summer, A Heading for Fall, and two other books.
Not suitable for children.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Science fiction is all about speculation – what if? Other genres can get by on interesting characters and new places. Science fiction has to explore an idea.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Treat writing as a job. If you wait for inspiration, it may not come at a convenient time. If you sit in front of your blank screen for an hour, though, you’re bound to write something. That something will prime the pump, and pretty soon, you’ll be writing something good.
B. Morris Allen grew up in a house full of books that traveled the world, and was initially a fan of Gogol and Dickens. Then, one cool night, he saw the light of Barsoom…
He’s been a biochemist, an activist, and a lawyer. He pauses from time to time on the Oregon coast to recharge, but now he’s back on the move, and the books are multiplying like mad. When he can, he works on his own contributions to speculative fiction.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The book was inspired by two things: the idea of what would happen to an arkship that didn’t make it – whose target was unliveable – and by a phrase from the UNDP Human Development Report, which included the phrase “the speed of winter”.