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Mike Carey, bestselling author of Girl With All The Gifts, Lucifer and many more.
A Great War has ravaged the Earth and left humankind a shadow of its former self. Faced with the mortality of their race, those who remain press on with a new found humility and strive for equality in their drive to advance the species. Hope lies on the frontier for humanity as new technologies and a profound discovery push them out into space. The chance to begin again is at hand, but will the old fears and the old ways return and hamper mankind’s progress once again? Two girls, the seed of humanity’s greatest aspirations, must find the courage to choose.
“Even though our children are beyond our reach now, we have faith that the future will be a better place than what we know. A faith that people had previously placed in the trust of religion and God, we now place in ourselves, in humanity.”
When I was born, humanity was blessed with two planets and a satellite that we called home, an abundance of resources and a rich history that we thought would provide us with enough intelligence and experience to deal with whatever life threw at us. What we did not realise was that it was just the beginning of another epoch in our Solar System. We dreamt of better technology, of starfaring capabilities, of first contact, but we never believed ourselves to be anything but superior. We never understood anything other than the selfish urges of being human—not even understanding humanity as a whole.
My parents, Horace and Magdalena, worked on Moon, on Near Side, where they had also conceived me. Wanting to provide me with the best they could, they placed me in the best care affordable. I was moved to the nearby planet, Kagami, and they went to Earth where they spent the rest of their lives working with Coughin machines. I never really knew them save for the letters they sent as I was growing up, which I am very grateful for. I realise now that it was more than many of my friends had in a world that was starting to crumble under its own weight.
I live on Earth now with my best friend, the love of my life, my partner, Maaike. Humanity has shrunken to occupy only this planet again, with Moon abandoned and Kagami out of our reach; a regression of sorts. There is much chaos around here, but Maaike and I are surprisingly calm. Even though our children are beyond our reach now, we have faith that the future will be a better place than what we know. A faith that people had previously placed in the trust of religion and God, we now place in ourselves, in humanity.
My name is Sun.
“I read Sun: Queens of Earth in one go – it reminded me of Arthur C Clarke and some of the classic 1950s sci-fi novellas with its Utopian ideals and focus on personal stories rather than violent action. The post-apocalyptic world order is original and wittily drawn, and the twists are really satisfying. Recommended!” Mr. E. Bearne, Amazon.co.uk
“This was an intriguing vision of a future for mankind. There are some interesting and thoughtful ideas explored. Highly recommended.” Richard, Goodreads.com
“Whatever simple thoughts you might have had for a better world, Sun brings these into a possible perspective of how the world could and should be…” Dominic H., Goodreads.com