SFFS: Snippet of “Alone in the Universe”

Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Welcome back to the final Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday!

A few years ago, I followed a fellow author and friend to a little circle of authors who posted little clips of their work each week to read and enjoy. Little did I know at the time that joining this circle would change my life forever. Not only did I find people who read and supported my works, I also found an editor, a cover artist, and many friends with common interests in writing, science fiction, and fantasy. I would not be where I am as an author if it were not for the group called Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say a special thanks to Laurel Kriegler, the creator and host of SFFSat. Thank you for providing us with our literary playground. And, thank you to everyone who had participated in the past. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your creations. I hope you all continue to write until the end of your days and inspire other minds to do likewise.

Though it is is with a heavy heart that I must bid this wonderful blog circle farewell this weekend, I will cherish the memories of all the weekends I’ve spent reading the excellent works of authors who have continued forward and succeeded with writing their stories and releasing them to the world for all to enjoy. (Okay, that was a mouthful. Don’t judge me!)

Cover for 'Alone in the Universe'

This final snippet comes from the middle of the fourth and final book of my series, Alone in the Universe. Anna has been by herself at the edge of explored space for the better part of twenty years. After everything that has happened, she has fought her way to this point in the story, where she can finally make her escape.

(Note: I chose this snippet to symbolize the ending of SFFSat. Like Anna in this excerpt, those of us who have participated in SFFSat in the past must now move out from familiar surroundings and venture forward to what awaits us in the future.)

And now, here is this week’s snippet. Enjoy!


  Anna gripped the arms of her chair. “Veer to starboard.”
  Their view rolled away from the ship to its underside. They skimmed along the hull, meters away from its smooth, metallic skin. Kate adjusted their ship’s attitude, matching the roll of the Altiki vessel as it banked away. Seconds later, they flew past the edge of the ship.
  “Prepare to jump to FTL.”
  “Course, Anna?”
  “I don’t care. Anywhere as long as it’s away from here.”
  Kate’s fingers toggled a few switches and slapped a virtual slider forward. As a pitch from their engines rose in frequency, Anna watched the sensor feed as the signals for the two Altiki ships collided. She accessed the aft cameras and observed as the vessels attempted and failed to evade each other. The port edge of the one behind them raked through the underside of the one that had been before, throwing debris into the void and sending the ships in a slow spin duet.
  At that instant, a white light flashed, and the scene sped away as they broke the light barrier.


Thank you for taking the time to read my snippet! Please take another moment to leave a comment with your thoughts and feedback. To read the SFFSaturday contributions from other authors past and present, please click here.

Thanks for the memories and inspiration, SFFSat. You will not be forgotten.

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SFFS: Snippet of “A Brief Discussion”

Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday!

Is everybody ready for candy overload? Next Saturday is Halloween. Here in the states, I see hundreds of kids in costume whoring themselves for a few pieces of candy. I’m not really complaining. I did it myself when I was young. I guess it’s part of the Circle of Life.

Today’s contribution continues the series of snippets from a deleted scene from my fourth book, ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE.

Cover for 'Alone in the Universe'

In the last post, tension levels rose as Kate expressed her confusion, upsetting Anna even more.

The following is the last snippet of this series.

If you wish to read the entire series up to this point, you can catch up here:
A Brief Discussion, Part 1
A Brief Discussion, Part 2
A Brief Discussion, Part 3
A Brief Discussion, Part 4
A Brief Discussion, Part 5
A Brief Discussion, Part 6
A Brief Discussion, Part 7
A Brief Discussion, Part 8

And now, here is this week’s snippet. Enjoy!


  She heard Kate’s footsteps move toward her. “I’m upsetting you. I’m sorry.” Kate’s arms wrapped around her and squeezed.
  Anna leaned into the embrace and relaxed. “Isn’t this information in the database?”
  “Not really. The data downloaded from our old ship didn’t contain much in the way of biology.”
  “We’ll have to fix that. I really don’t want to talk about this again anytime soon.”
  “That’s fine with me.”


Thank you for taking the time to read my snippet! Please take another moment to leave a comment with your thoughts and feedback. To read the SFFSaturday contributions from other authors, please click here.

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SFFS: Snippet of “A Brief Discussion”

Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday!

The days are getting shorter. The leaves are shedding their green cloaks and revealing their inner reds, yellow, oranges, and browns. And, the nip in the air all tell us one simple truth: it’s getting freaking cold! I’m not ready for winter yet.

Today’s contribution continues the series of snippets from a deleted scene from my fourth book, ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE.

Cover for 'Alone in the Universe'

In the last post, Anna threw Kate a curve ball in her attempt to clarify human gender, further confusing the poor hologram.

If you wish to read the entire series up to this point, you can catch up here:
A Brief Discussion, Part 1
A Brief Discussion, Part 2
A Brief Discussion, Part 3
A Brief Discussion, Part 4
A Brief Discussion, Part 5
A Brief Discussion, Part 6
A Brief Discussion, Part 7

And now, here is this week’s snippet. Enjoy!


  Anna paused for a second. “By what?”
  “The whole Mars and Venus statement you just stated.”
  “Oh, it’s an old phrase from a long time ago. It’s used to state that men and women are different.”
  Kate shrugged. “Then, why didn’t you just say that?”
  Anna’s jaw slackened. “I did.”
  “But…”
  “You know what? Forget it.” The edge in Anna’s voice illustrated her frustration. She spun toward the synthesizer.


Thank you for taking the time to read my snippet! Please take another moment to leave a comment with your thoughts and feedback. To read the SFFSaturday contributions from other authors, please click here.

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