Finally! The book is off to the publisher. I can only hope it does well. A lot of what I have wanted to see in sci-fi went into it. This includes having women of color as the main protagonist. Not just the one or two usually sprinkled into a story, like Uhura of Star Trek, Elizabeth of the Tomorrow People or Zoe of Firefly, but populating the main cast. I also include, Native American and First Nation women as well as women of the Middle East and women of Asia (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese). They and their AI go off into the multiverse to have their adventures, which I hope I get to write more of.
DJ, if you're reading this, I list you in the dedication. Reading your journal helped me to stick with my vision instead of what everyone else was doing. Thank you!
In the 23rd century, where humanity has spread across the solar system, a trip beyond is ready to launch.
Professor of Astronomy Rayna Delesha Lashley was known for her guest spots on a children show about space. However she liked the quiet life studying the stars and enjoy time with her family.
When she came to the launching of an expedition organized by some of her former students, she found herself drafted to head up that very mission. A mission equipped for more than exploration and discovery.
Mansa is the AI of the craft that is to ferry this expedition of forty thousand to the edge of the observable universe. A superintelligence who made possible technologies that seemed miraculous.
Technologies to make planets, snuff out stars, fight fleets in space or armies on the ground. Technologies he will use to serve and protect this expedition that is also history's first matriarchy.
Together they encounter aliens, alternate histories and adversaries in many parallel universes.
Rayna and Mansa will find they have become a rallying point for a conflict across the multiverse, including universes where the supernatural and magic are the rule, and steam power systems are the highest technology.</p>They will become the hope for the destiny of the multiverse.