GRANTVILLE GAZETTE – Athena’s Journey

I’ve long been a fan of the 1632 Universe series. It and the critiques of the alternate universe it describes from many other fans in the Baen 1632 Tech conference inspired me to write my Shapechanger Tales series.

Recently I entered a story, the first of several, into the 1632 Slush forum. Participation in it is required before you submit a story to the editors of the online 1632 publishing site. If you’re not familiar with it, click on this link to The Grantville Gazette. For just $12 you get access to the latest edition and to ALL THE PREVIOUS ONES. There’s lots of good stuff in it.

Stories in the Slush go through several versions. When critiques cease for a particular version I go through all of them and make any changes needed to the story. So far not a single critique has struck me as being off base. As a result my story has improved a lot. Two critiques in particular made me completely rethink my main character and how I portray her.

Athena Sarah Mawusi Akwete Ocampo is a “quarter-blood” or “quadroon” woman living on the west coast of Africa. Her father is a rich merchant there dealing in, among other things, gold and ivory. But not slaves. His wife is half-black. He hates the slave trade but can do nothing about it. As he has no son, she has long been his most capable assistant. She is also a fierce and expert fighter.

Sarah (she prefers that name rather than her prestige name, Athena) hears of the appearance of a magical city from the future called Grantville. At first she discounts the news but too many stories and convincing ones makes her decide the city is real. Like many, she wonders about it. Unlike most, she goes to find out.

Join others in reading the latest version and helping me make it better.

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About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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