Thanks for agreeing to do this interview, Striver. We’re excited to be visiting you on Haven 6.
You’re welcome. I have to get back to hunting, so if we can keep this short…
Of course. *swats a bug* Just a few questions about your life here on this new planet…first one: With technology at your fingertips, why have you chosen to live in such a primitive lifestyle?
Technology brought the downfall of civilization on Old Earth, so you can see why we wouldn’t want to follow in our ancestors’ footsteps.
You don’t think you can learn by their mistakes?
I don’t want to take the chance. We have a happy life here, and with all of the lawless on the other side of the fence, I hate to think what technology would become in their hands.
Tell us about the lawless. Why do you let them live in chaos beside you?
When my ancestors Aries and Striker came to this planet, they gave everyone the freedom of choice. Aries had been on a colony ship, so she knew firsthand the evils of forcing people to do things they didn’t want to do. Aries and Striker gave everyone the option to live in a law abiding society with rules, or to continue to live free, like they did on Space Station Omega. Unfortunately, the number of people who choose to live in chaos is growing larger than the number of people choosing to live with rules in a structured society. We lose people to the lawless every year.
Do you think the lawless will someday overthrow your society?
That’s something I’m considering as we speak. Of course, we have the Guardians to protect us.
Tell us about the Guardians.
When Aries and Striker came to this planet, they used an old ship they’d found with a bunch of eggs in the belly. They decided to hatch those eggs here, and another race was born to coexist along ours. The Guardians are wise and peaceful creatures. They help us keep order and teach us how to live in harmony. They annoy me at times- but, without them we may have digressed into the lawless society.
And one personal question: What do you think of Riptide. She seems to really like you.
Riptide, and I have been friends for a long time. She’s a great cook and a great hunter. That’s all I have to say on the subject.
Okay! Thank you so much for answering our questions.
No problem. Make sure you read what happens with us and the lawless in Haven 6.
by Aubrie Dionne
A product of an illegal pairing, Eridani is the only woman without a lifemate aboard the colonization ship, the Heritage, and she is determined her less than perfect DNA will not get in the way of finding love. As the ship nears it’s final destination of Haven 6 after five hundred years of travel, images of the surface show evidence of intelligent life on a planet that’s supposed to be uninhabited. Commander Grier assigns Eri to the exploratory team to spy on the alien society and return with information on how to defeat them.
When Eri’s team lands, tribes of humans attack and Eri is saved by Striver, the descendant of a colonist and a pirate from Old Earth’s colonization efforts in other parts of the galaxy. Striver helps Eri rescue her team and they are drawn to each other despite their different allegiances. While Striver battles with trusting Eri, Eri must decide whether to warn him and his people about the commander’s intentions, or follow orders and complete her mission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.