This is the cover of the first book I've self published for a series where the first four books are intended to act as a kind of pilot, like a television or cable series, presenting the many possibilities for a setting I'd describe as Star Trek-meets-Sliders-meets-Space Battleship Yamato, with more than a dash of Giant Robo/Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, although it might properly be called Professor Lashley and Her Flying Robot, however non-humanoid hers is.
Beyond the focus of women of color as the main protagonist, the series also has a cast of characters of ethnic diversity to promote the dream that, for those who wish to, any or all, could go to the stars and beyond. While the main cast numbers what one might expect for the reader to follow, the extended cast is numerous. Some have a line or two, others merely a name dropped, but all are there to show that diversity.
Here is what I have as the book description;
In an alternate timeline the African diaspora leads to a space based nation in the orbit of Jupiter.
They create advance AIs called Artilects, who in turn create technological wonders for their creators.
One artilect selects a group of women to form a matriarchy and travel with it to explore the multiverse.
The Mandinka Saga begins.
Professor Rayna Lashley, AI psychologist Yumiko Fujimoto, their AI Mansa and the women of the Mandinka expedition travel the multiverse where they meet new new life and new civilizations, encountering twist in timelines where history had unfolded. Together they explore the very variations of existence itself.
Rayna, Yumiko and the women of the expedition are from the Jovian Concordant of Worlds, a space based nation comprised mainly from descendents of the African Diaspora of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Russia. They encounter the greater multiverse and how some entities want to manipulate civilizations, others wish to consume them, but others are potential friends and allies.
The other book covers should be up soon, and I may include a sketch of Mandinka from back in 1995 where the concept solidified more than what I came up with in elementary school of 'Space Goddesses' who are not faced with if they can do something but should they do it, where the drama is more moral, any physical fights a foregone conclusion and portrayed more as a show of force than the usual approach of struggling to win. I'm not sure if the approach will work, but it has been fun to write. I can only hope others will enjoy escaping into the setting that has been developing in my head for quite a long time.