Please take your seat and strap yourself in, as we take you on an intergalactic tour. You will be amazed, entertained, and educated. Manoeuvre through the cosmos and be astounded at all you see. Hunt down the hidden words that will get you to your final destination where a one-of- a -kind award awaits one lucky traveller.
You are here to celebrate the release of Alienation, book two of the humorous Sci-Fi series, Starstruck.
Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.
But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.
All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.
Alienation is the fantastic sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy, Starstruck by S.E.Anderson.
Welcome to Da-Duhui
Da-Duhui’s been a place I’ve wanted to explore for quite a long time – both through books and to physically visit, if I could. The idea came to me back in middle school: what if a city existed where class stratification was something physical? The upper class would literally be at the top, while the impoverished lived at the very bottom?
I saw quickly that the idea was not a new one. Many science fiction authors tackled this idea, some even through single buildings rather than cities. But I could not shake the urge to write about this city. I decided to explore it in my first draft of Alienation (2010), letting Sally Webber lead the way through this alien world.
The city is made up of massive blocks and avenues, covering the entire surface of the planet, housing billions of people. The building are so tall, no sunlight will ever reach the bottom. The higher up you live, the more sunlight you actually see. The very affluent, those with mansions at the top of the blocks, such as the Travoshelli (the ruling family of Da-Duhui) and their peers get a full day of sun.
While the government claims to be an election based democracy, with a Mayor running the city-planet, this is not the actual case. You have to own property to allowed to run for office, which, since most of the planet is owned by the very rich who then rent the blocks out, means that only the very upper echelons can be elected. The power has been in the hands of the Travoshelli for a few decades, but it is passed around among their peers without any contempt. “Mayor” is only a title, after all.
Most of the planet’s population live in a contented middle. All echelons are accessible if you have the money, which means easy class mobility. With thousands of neighborhoods, it’s easy to see how the city is very different from one side of the planet to the next: yet, as a diverse melting pot of alien cultures from other worlds, these differences seem small. Da-Duhui is seen as a vibrant city by the rest of the Alliance, and boasts being the real cultural capital of the system.
It is with the Undercity that we see the main social issues of Da-Duhui. Completely cut off from the rest of the city, it is inhabited by the Downdwellers: a combination both of the Theosians, the original race inhabiting the planet before joining the Alliance, and of people who fell out of their hovercars and survived the fall. The majority of the city either doesn’t know about them, or prefers to not think about them.
The Downdwellers live in complete darkness, but the Theosians are elemental beings, able to create light – and even fire – at will. However, they are a peaceful race, and do not use this ability to reclaim the planet. They prefer to find a peaceful way to reunify: perhaps believing that the Overcity is choosing to ignore them, rather than have completely forgotten their existence.
During Sally’s trip on Da-Duhui, she has to navigate the complicated stratified structure of this world, and get physical upward mobility in order to find Zander and Blayde, and get back home. During her time there, she gets roped into helping the Downdweller cause, joining the mob, and even crashing a semi-royal gala. While her conscience pushes her to try and solve the issues before her, the problems are much bigger than what one person can solve. Can she do some good in a world she can’t understand?
Follow this exciting blog tour starting at your first stop UrbanHype101 and if you get lost in cyber space, come back to UrbanHype101 for the tour map.
There’s something new to read see or hear on each of these stops.
Don’t forget to hunt for that special word and if you find ALL of them, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could win a signed copy of Alienation and a gift pack of unique swag. This contest is open internationally.
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