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by Jasper T. Scott
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Synopsis of “DARK SPACE”
HUMANITY IS DEFEATED
Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race.
THEY ARE HIDING Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space—once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.
THEY ARE ISOLATED The once galaxy-spanning Imperium of Star Systems is left guarding the gate which is the only way in or out of Dark Space—but not everyone is satisfied with their governance.
AND THEY ARE KILLING EACH OTHER Freelancer and ex-convict Ethan Ortane is on the run. He owes crime lord Alec Brondi 10,000 sols, and his ship is badly damaged. When Brondi catches up with him, he makes an offer Ethan can’t refuse.
Ethan must infiltrate and sabotage theValiant, the Imperial Star Systems Fleet carrier which stands guarding the entrance of Dark Space, and then his debt will be cleared.
While Ethan is still undecided about what he will do, he realizes that the Imperium has been lying and putting all of Dark Space at risk.
Now Brondi’s plan is starting to look like a necessary evil, but before Ethan can act on it, he discovers that the real plan was much more sinister than what he was told, and he will be lucky to escape the Valiant alive. . . .
Book Trailer of “DARK SPACE”
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fast-paced space opera with shades of Battlestar Galactica
The novel starts off setting up a lawless distopian society where the government is too weak to effectively control the darker sides of human nature. Life is cheap and organized crime has a free hand. A poignant critique of libertarian style hands-off government in my humble opinion.
Even with humanity having being nearly wiped from the galaxy, humans are still unable to unite in common purpose and instead waste their precious few resources jockeying for power. The protagonist is soon drawn unwillingly into the middle of this power struggle and a grave moral dilemma.
The plot develops and twists along quickly in an enthralling read and the universe is developed well with enough tantalizing hints of the larger picture to think that there could be a fascinating sci-fi series develop out of it.
It’s the best Scott novel yet, and I really hope the author follows up with a sequel.
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JASPER T. SCOTT
How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
I was 21 when it was finished.
What was it, and in what genre?
It was a Romance / Drama, but unfortunately the publisher would like me to keep the title under wraps for now (it’s part of a series that’s soon to be published).
What made you write it?
It was my family’s story, so it’s based on a true story, and being a new author without much experience, I felt like the real events gave me some structure to fall back on and help guide the writing process. I also thought it made a good story and deserved to be told.
What have you written since then?
I have since written the next 5 books in the series of which that book is a part, as well as my current 3 science fiction novels, Escape, Mrythdom, and Dark Space (and one other that I may or may not decide to polish and publish).
What was the inspiration for your current book?
The inspiration for my current book . . . I would say reader responses to my first reasonable success (Escape). I wanted to write something in a similar vein, but shorter, tighter, better-edited, and overall a more professional quality.
Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available?
Dark Space is a character-driven Space Opera. Humanity was all but wiped out by an invasion from a neighboring galaxy and now they are hiding in a sector of space that was once home only to exiled criminals. These same criminals are now threatening to overwhelm what little order remains, and our main character, Ethan, finds himself thrust into the middle of this struggle when a notorious crime lord captures his copilot and uses her to manipulate him.
Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
Sitting on the couch, reading someone else’s work, I soak up all the stray bits of inspiration trapped between the lines.
What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
Independent publishing was my first choice, mostly because I noticed that traditional publishers and book stores are going bankrupt—and fast. The big six might last a while, but if they don’t adapt, we’ll soon see the end of them, too.
If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
Marketing. Obviously your book needs to be well-written and edited, but I’ve seen pure garbage sell like it’s written in gold ink, and there’s only one reason for that. If you can get marketing right, you can sell anything. If you can get the writing and the marketing right, you’re destined to be famous.
What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
I made the mistake of writing long books and not editing or marketing enough. Despite this I found some reasonable success, and now with those obstacles removed, I’m becoming famous faster than you can say–
Do you have an idea for your next book?
Dark Space 2. It’s the sequel to my best-selling work, so it’s a logical next project, and it’ll be even better than the first!
BIO OF JASPER T. SCOTT
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Mystery Novelist
Jasper T. Scott is the author of more than seven novels, written across various genres. He has been writing for more than seven years, but his abiding passion has always been to write science fiction and fantasy. As an avid fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Jasper Scott aspires to create his own worlds to someday capture the hearts and minds of his readers as thoroughly as these franchises have.
Jasper writes his books from a sunny paradise and offers his sincerest apologies for his long absence from the rat race, but to all the noble warriors who venture out daily into the wintry cold on their way to work or school, he sends his regards: you are braver than he.