YA Space Sci-Fi : Cyborg Criminal Investigators, Androids, and Artificial Intelligence
I work as a library associate for a large public library system. I am passionate about writing and reading YA sci-fi and fantasy.
I also create cosplays for my favorite fandoms. So far, I have cosplayed as Captain Janeway (from Star Trek: Voyager), Anastasia (from the animated movie), Fiona (from Shrek), Kaylee (from Firefly), Visas Marr (from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II), and Dimity (from Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger).
I love sci-fi and fantasy, but right now, I’m on a sci-fi kick. These are some YA sci-fi books that I loved and have inspired my current WIP:
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
- The Disasters by M.K. England
- The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
- Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine
- Ignite the Stars by Marua Milan
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- Starflight by Melissa Landers
If you’ve read some of these and enjoyed them as much as I did, then we’re probably a good fit!
I’m squishy, so I can’t read about gorey violence (eg: the zombie elements in Illuminae were too much for me). I would also include rape in this category.
As an Inquisitor, it will be Kiva’s responsibility to thwart anyone that threatens the Human Empire. The day she graduates from the training program, a space station is decimated by an act of sabotage that kills almost everyone on board. The evidence points to a criminal named Cyber One, a cybernetically-enhanced girl who murdered the scientists who created her. Now that Cyber One’s actions have killed five thousand people, Kiva joins the Empire’s hunt for her.
Kiva interrogates Gael, one of the few survivors whose affinity for inventing illegal nanotechnology links him to the attack. Determined to prove his innocence, Gael convinces Kiva to break him out of custody in exchange for intel that could help her locate Cyber One. This mission surpasses Kiva’s security clearance, but she won’t miss an opportunity to prove herself.
After freeing Gael, Kiva and he investigate the space station. They discover that Cyber One released nanobots designed to replicate themselves using any technology they find, destroying that tech in the process. In a space fleet entirely made up of ships and stations, this swarm of nanobots puts human civilization at risk. Kiva was only trying to catch a killer, but when the nanobots infect every ship that joins the search, she has to prevent the destruction of the human race.
THE INQUISITOR is a 70,000-word young adult science fiction novel with series potential. The fast-paced adventure and ethical dilemmas will appeal to fans of Maura Milan’s Ignite the Stars and Ashley Poston’s Heart of Iron. I have a Bachelors in English Literature, a Masters in Library and Information Science, and work as a public librarian in the metro-Atlanta area.
My ship is flying into a star, and I can’t stop it.
I lean back in the pilot’s chair, my optic implants displaying a full readout of the ship’s navigational system. In this simulation, a criminal hacked my ship and deleted the code that connects the helm to the propulsion systems. I have to rewrite that code in order to regain control of my ship, and I only have five minutes before I am pulled into a star’s gravity well.
My heart pounds, and my fingers have gone numb. If I don’t pass this test, I don’t become an Inquisitor. I’ve already passed the other seven simulations, and I can’t fail now. Just one. Last. Sim.
I recite the code out loud, my voice transmitting the words onto my readout and filling in the ominous black space where the code was erased. I stumble over the words and delete my mistakes, correcting myself as I go along. I have to recite forty lines of code from memory, and my memory is not working fast enough.
A red light in the corner of my vision warns me that my heart rate is too high. I blink the warning away and recite the thirty-seventh line of code. “Route Junction 618 to Junction 744—no, belay that. Route Junction 617 to Junction 744. Release ten kilojoules of power from Generator 3 to Junction 617.” The corresponding cables light up on my diagram. Just a few more connections to make—
A feminine voice pipes through my auditory implants. “Thirty seconds.”
Thirty seconds until the gravity is too strong to change course. Thirty seconds until I fail. Thirty seconds until my career is done.
I swear, “Frex,” and the expletive appears in the code until I say, “Belay that.” As fast as my mouth will move, I spit out the last two lines of code. When the final connection lights up on my readout, I groan with relief.
I want to write more science fiction and fantasy–I love both equally, even though I’m currently focused on sci-fi. I want to continue writing in the YA category.
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