SciFan author A.M. Justice dabbles in Tango, star gazing, and scuba diving… but first and foremost, she’s a traveler. She loves to explore: whether it’s the park near her home, a unique neighborhood, a new country, or the frontiers of the mind. She’s been imagining strange worlds and the people in them since high school, and she’s particularly loved Science Fantasy since reading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series and discovering that a world where people ride dragons and use medieval tech could have a scientific explanation for all its wonders.
In A Wizard’s Forge, the first book of The Woern Saga, Justice follows in McCaffrey’s footsteps by setting a classic fantasy hero’s journey on a lost space colony called Knownearth. The humans of this world descended from the marooned crew of a spacefaring mining vessel. Time and lack of resources have eroded advanced technology, and after thousands of years human society has evolved into a half dozen civilizations that lack sexism or racism but which are still plagued by slavery, oppression, and war. Knownearth is a grimdark place.
Victoria, a shy scholar of the original settlers’ history, learns of Knownearth’s present troubles when pirates kidnap and sell her to a sadistic tyrant. He subjects her to psychological torture, aiming to strip away her free will and making her his devoted slave. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge. As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and finally wreak vengeance on her former master.
In addition to her quest for revenge, Vic learns she has a mysterious destiny involving an ancient war between humans and a race of giant, technologically sophisticated insects called the Kragnashians. Naming Vic “the One,” the Kragnashians give her a foul potion teeming with the Woern—microscopic parasites that infiltrate neurologic tissue and feed off neurochemical signals. The Woern kill most people, but some, like Vic, gain telekinetic abilities dubbed “wizardry.” Armed with this new power, the former damsel in distress goes to confront the tyrant and save the prince.
All the fantasy elements in The Woern Saga have their roots in science fiction. On her blog, Justice has traced Vic’s path through the nations of Knownearth and written about the similarities and differences between Knownearth and earth. She also wrote a guest post about her the science fiction creatures who occupy her fantasy world on AutumnWriting. Her website offers a map and more detailed information about the people, places, and things in Knownearth. She hopes you’ll soon travel to Knownearth and explore its dark and light spaces.
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