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Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaAM Scott, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott

Genre Space Opera
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Her secret frees trillions…
Discovery risks them all.
Saree’s got a secret. A big one. She tunes space fold clocks—the only thing allowing safe travel between star systems. She’s the only human Clocker. The security of trillions relies on Saree’s freedom. And they can never know.
Despite her best efforts, rumors fly. With a bounty hunter on her heels, Saree jumps on Lightwave Fold Transport, the safest option. But she quickly regrets her snap decision. Lightwave’s crew are mercenaries she barely escaped as a child. Do they suspect who she’s become?
Can Saree keep her secret life safe? She’d rather die than blockade and blackmail systems for a crime lord or evil corporation. And there’s worse out there…
Race across the universe, one step ahead of danger with Saree and the crew of Lightwave. Get your copy of Lightwave: Clocker, Folding Space Series 1.0, before freedom ticks away, one nanosecond at a time…
What species/races of people are in your book?
Lightwave: Clocker follows the human crew of Lightwave Fold Transport and the only human fold clock maintainer, Saree, but the universe includes many different species. There are many oxygen-breathing bipedal mammals, similar to humans, but there is a egg-laying hivemind reptilian species (the Sa’sa, the primary fold clock maintainers,) and lots of non-oxygen breathing species too.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
Not yet!

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
The main language is Galactic Trade, but many humans retain ancestral languages and the aliens have their own as well.
If you created a language for the story, what is it called?
The Sa’sa have their own language requiring access to their hivemind to know what time they are speaking of. Without the hivemind, it’s very difficult to know if they’re speaking of the present, the past, or even the future. Maybe.
Please give us a few words in this language and their translation.
It’s never written down, but since the Sa’sa look a bit like velociraptors, there’s a lot of hissing and teeth-clashing.
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
Faster-than-light travel is possible by ‘folding’ space. To fold space and not get lost, you need coordinates and the correct time. If you have the wrong time, you disappear! So, there are clocks at every fold location that must be tuned to a universal standard. The Sa’sa are the only species, until Saree, that can access the universal standard through their hivemind.
There are also artificial intelligences, including an ‘evil’ one, called Galactica. It wants to destroy all biological, sentient life, but it can’t tune fold clocks. And the Sa’sa suicide when captured, so Galactica must find a way to tune clocks, or a species that will under its’ control.
What special laws are important to your story world?
There is a ‘live and let live’ mentality across the universe, but each species and world has their own rules and laws. Might makes right is often the rule between species, but the fold clocks aren’t targeted, because the Sa’sa ruthlessly exterminate everyone involved in a conflict destroying a clock.
Humanity has many of the same problems they have now, including slavery and exploitation.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
Freedom is the main issue for my characters. They just want to do their jobs and survive on their own, not under the control of others.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
My universe is wide and varied. In the “core” the star systems and worlds are highly regulated and controlled; each species has a stranglehold on their people. Some planets are controlled by military, religious or other dominating groups.
Lightwave travels the “fringes” of known space, the “wild west,” which can be human or other species. I use our constellation names to specify the star systems and worlds Lightwave travels to, even though many of these worlds are nowhere near each other in reality. I use real names where possible, and if a world is named something like “HAT-P XXX” or “HD XXXX” I’ll often name the worlds after a scientist involved in the discovery of the planet. Wikipedia is my friend!
The main ‘world’ in my series is the Lightwave, a space ship capable of folding space, a ‘fold transport’ or ‘folder’ for short. Lightwave stays in space, and has two shuttles, Alpha and Beta, for taking cargo and passengers to stations or worlds. Lightwave can transport up to eight additional standard shuttles. They make a living transporting shuttles from star system to star system.
What makes this world unique?
Most of Lightwave’s crew grew up together, part of a mercenary force called Phalanx Eagle. When the crew was teenagers, their parents broke away from PE because their contracts became morally repugnant. During the PE contract that caused the breakaway/mutiny, Saree’s parents were murdered. She grew up in the human colony on the Sa’sa homeworld.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
Lightwave’s crew comes from a mercenary/military background, trying to fit into the customer service world of shuttle transport. They’re rather like a stagecoach across the Old West. Saree is an orphan, most of her childhood spent in a less-than-ideal group home. She travels the universe under cover as a research scholar, searching for remnants of Old Earth music. Specifically, she’s looking for filk, the folk songs SF fans write to celebrate their favorite fandoms. That job lets me put a lot of fun pop culture details in my books. For example, much of book 3 is set on a space station with a science fiction convention, called LizCon.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
There’s a huge variety of foods. One of my supporting characters, Loreli, is a transgender chef trying to finish the space travel part of her formal training, so I get to make up amazing food!
In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available)
I use Wikipedia’s constellation map constantly for Lightwave’s travels across the universe.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation#/media/File:Constellations_ecliptic_equirectangular_plot.svg
Again, this map is from our planet’s perspective. In reality, many of these stars are hundreds of lightyears apart, but I treat them as a ‘flat space’ map. I’m writing space opera, not hard science fiction!

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
My main characters are humans.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Mostly, they don’t have any special abilities. Almost everyone has an e-torc, a necklace-like cell phone that allows holographic displays.
What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?
Most space travelers store eggs/sperm/genetic material frozen on a planet to prevent DNA damage by radiation.
Are there more than two genders in your story world and if so, what are they?
Human sexual characteristics are easily changed by body (DNA) modification. Most humans stay the way they are born, but changing isn’t unusual or taboo, unless you come from a strict religion-based world.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

  • Write it down! I built a spreadsheet so I could remember the details.
  • Be consistent. If you create something that doesn’t work later, find a reasonable explanation for your change, like a main character suddenly realizes they’ve been taught the wrong thing all along.
  • Use history as a guide, but modify it so your world isn’t an exact copy.

When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I learned a lot about the current state of space exploration, the new telescopes and satellites NASA and other countries are using/launching. Actually, a tweet about NASA launching a deep space atomic clock—a GPS-capability for deep space probes—is why I started creating this universe!
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
If you’re going to use current physics, make sure you’re right! If you’re making up a new system of rules, stay consistent or have realistic reasons for variations.
Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.
Here’s the specific story that got me started on the Folding Space Series: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4567
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
Use the research out there now, and use history. If you’re going to use history, try to find something a little different, maybe not western societies. Or, modify it heavily. While my universe has underlying characteristics of the Wild West, the specifics are not western necessarily.

Where to buy Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher: Independent, Lightwave Publishing LLC

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D63CMKJ/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightwave-am-scott/1128878019?ean=2940155282549

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lightwave-clocker/id1395037860?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lightwave-clocker

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836330

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years as a US Air Force space operations officer, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional spaceships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters Are Our Business, Veterans Are Our Passion.

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Meet Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott @AM_Scottwrites #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaWelcome Captain Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker a new Space Opera series by AM Scott. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Captain Ruhger of Lightwave: Clocker

Age: 39 standard years
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Phalanx Eagle Troop Fold Transport
Profession: Fold Transport and Shuttle Pilot
Ethnicity: Human mixed
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please tell us a little about your character.
Captain Ruhger is slightly shorter than the average male, but has extremely wide shoulders and is in extraordinary physical condition. He’s got dark brown hair and eyes, and dark-tan skin, with rather hooked nose and an almost constant glower. He was raised by his parents, officers in Phalanx Eagle, a mercenary company, and grew up as a pilot in the company. His parents mutinied after another faction took over the company and forced them to accept a horribly brutal action that resulted in Saree of Jericho becoming an orphan. His parents formed a fold transport company, but were eventually hunted down by Phalanx Eagle. Captain Ruhger was flying a separate fold transport, so he escaped. They changed the name of the transport to Lightwave and kept flying on the fringes of known space, trying to avoid notice. When they pick up Saree, she’s travelling under an alias as Scholar Cary Sessan, a student of ancient music. They have no idea who she really is.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Ruhger avoids all romantic entanglements, but he’s having a hard time with his attraction to Saree of Jericho.
How does your hero dress?
Captain Ruhger and his crew wear coverall uniforms, similar to a pilot’s flightsuit. For the formal dinners his Chef insists on hosting, the coveralls have more silver braid and other shiny stuff to make them look fancier.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Lightwave is always on the edge of bankruptcy. They had to buy better weapons in case of attack, so they own a lot of credits to weapons dealers. The Scholar’s long-term contract along with a couple of others, is allowing them get out of debt finally. But they’re still operating with the constant possibility of failure.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Ruhger is an expert pilot, with extraordinarily fast reaction times and excellent decision making skills. He’s also an expert in y’ga, a combination of martial arts, gymnastics and meditation.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Piloting and keeping his crew safe. He’s also a very good leader, although he doesn’t think so.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Ruhger keeps secrets very well. Lightwave is trying to avoid being found by Phalanx Eagle, so they need to keep all their identities secret if possible.
What is your character’s family like?
Since Ruhger’s blood family has been killed, and most of his crew are in the same situation, Lightwave’s crew is his family. They’re all a little dysfunctional because of the trauma. Chief Bhoher is an older man, a mechanical genius and a bit of a father figure to all of them. Grant Lowe is a charismatic sex addict. Tryon and Katryn Phazeer are the security officers; he’s the strong, silent type, but still very intelligent. Katryn is also smart, but quick-tempered. Chef Loreli is a flamboyant, creative genius, who started life a Loren, a quiet, bookworm-type who was the target of bullies. Ruhger protected him, and Loreli is in love with him now.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Ruhger is desperately trying to keep Lightwave flying, so the weapons merchants can’t repossess his ship and leave his family homeless.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Ruhger wants to keep his family safe and have a little security. Deep down, he’d like to have a family, but he doesn’t think that’s realistic with his background, baggage and current profession.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Ruhger would like someone to destroy Phalanx Eagle, so Lightwave could travel to better markets for passengers.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she wanted to show men can be strong and authoritative and still be compassionate and caring. She also wanted to show that emotional trauma can be overcome and people can live quietly heroic lives despite their backgrounds.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I hope she gets me out of this mess with my family intact. Destroying Phalanx Eagle would be even better.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think she should write about some of the other passengers. She drops a lot of interesting tidbits, but there’s still a lot of questions about them.

Tell us about Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher Lightwave Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lightwave-Clocker-Folding-Space-Book-ebook/dp/B07D63CMKJ/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightwave-am-scott/1128878019
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lightwave-clocker/id1395037860?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lightwave-clocker
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836330

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years in US Air Force space operations, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional space ships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters are our Business, Veterans our Passion, and lives deep in the mountains of Montana.
Website https://www.amscottwrites.com/
Blog https://www.amscottwrites.com/home/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AM_Scottwrites
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AMScottWrites/
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Meet Saree from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott @AM_Scottwrites #RLFblog #SciFiWelcome Saree of Jericho from Lightwave: Clocker, a new Space Opera series by AM Scott.

Saree of Jericho from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott

Age: 32 standard years
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Jericho Mining Station, but raised on Sa’sa
Profession: Secret profession: Only human fold clock maintainer, Cover ID: Scholar of Ancient Music with an emphasis on filk
Ethnicity: Human mixed
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
AM Scott is quite tall, with a fairly athletic build for a woman in her mid-50’s. Her brown hair is going slightly silver, she wears glasses and is generally klutzy and geeky.
Saree of Jericho is very average. Average height, mud-brown hair, light brown eyes, medium tan skin. She’s athletic, but not muscle-bound, and is very good at blending in everywhere.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Saree of Jericho is a war orphan, raised by cruel foster parents in the small human colony on Sa’sa. The Sa’sa are an alien hive-mind race, similar in appearance to velociraptors, and they tune the clocks necessary to fold space (Faster-Than-Light travel) synchronizing them to the universal standard in ^timespace^. Saree invaded ^timespace^ in her dreams, upsetting the immature Sa’sa, so the Sa’s trained her to tune clocks. She’s been hunted ever since by corporations, crime lords and an ancient Artificial Intelligence who want to misuse her talents to blockade and blackmail solar systems.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Saree doesn’t have a significant other, but she’s extremely attracted to Lightwave’s Captain, Ruhger.
How does your heroine dress?
Saree is a Scholar of Ancient Music from Centauri University, so she wears Scholar’s Robes: a long black tunic, a traditional scholar’s cowl in purple patterns draped over it, with scarlet and dark blue patterned cords hanging around the neck, and plain black leggings and boots underneath. The colors reflect her school and area of study.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Saree is comfortable but not wealthy. She has a big training debt to pay back to the Time Guild and lives simply to maintain her cover as a Scholar. She owns her shuttle, but tells people it’s leased from her university.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Saree can tune space fold clocks. She meditates to find ^timespace^ then finds the right frequency for the transuranic metal used for the clock’s frequency standard, and tunes the clock to the universal standard time. These clocks enable fold transports to accurately fold space.
What does she have a knack for doing?
She is an excellent interviewer, vid maker, and plays guitar, so she can join filk sessions.
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Saree keeps a lot of secrets. She’d like hers to stay secret, so she won’t ever tell anyone else’s.
What secrets does your character know about people around her that she does NOT share?
She knows her virtual assistant is really an artificial intelligence and she wouldn’t dare tell anyone. If anyone knew Hal was an AI, they’d destroy both of them. Saree also knows she shares a past Lightwave’s crew—their parents were part of the attack on Jericho Station that made her an orphan, but they also saved her and many of the other children. Lightwave’s crew has no idea she’s a Jericho orphan.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Saree must keep her true profession a secret or millions of beings will be subject to blockades and blackmail.
What is your heroine’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Saree would love to have friends and family, someone who’d have her back. If she can’t have that, just basic safety would be nice.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Saree would love to find other beings capable of tuning space fold clocks. If there were lots of clock maintainers, she wouldn’t be hunted.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she wanted to show that heroes don’t have to be loud and flashy or wear spandex. Heroes can be everyday people quietly doing their jobs without any fanfare to keep other beings safe.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I hope she finds a way for me to make more friends. If I was really dreaming big, she’d help me find out if my attraction to Captain Ruhger is real. And if he’s attracted to me.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think she should write about Purser Grant Lowe. Everyone else has a short story, so we need to know about the fold fling king. There’s got to be a good reason he sleeps with every passenger he can.

Tell us about Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher Lightwave Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lightwave-Clocker-Folding-Space-Book-ebook/dp/B07D63CMKJ/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightwave-am-scott/1128878019
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lightwave-clocker/id1395037860?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lightwave-clocker
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836330

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years in US Air Force space operations, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional space ships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters are our Business, Veterans our Passion, and lives deep in the mountains of Montana.
Website https://www.amscottwrites.com/
Blog https://www.amscottwrites.com/home/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AM_Scottwrites
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AMScottWrites/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18052009.AM_Scott
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/amscott
Newsletter https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/t3x2l3
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/am-scott

 

 
 
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