For the inaugural post in my blog, I’m going to invite you to download and read my novella, “One Little Spacepod.” This is a previously unpublished work, available for the first time here and absolutely free!
“One Little Spacepod” is a science fiction ‘whodunit’ in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie. Or, I should say, it is my humble and I’m sure ultimately insufficient homage to her work. Christie was a master of the genre and an unparalleled genius. So of course like any overly ambitious author, I liked her stories so much I thought I’d take a stab at writing one myself!
“One Little Spacepod” takes place at an isolated outpost on a small moon in deep space. This story, like almost all my science fiction stories, take place in the same universe but at wildly varying places and times. In that universe, the Earth has been at war with a fierce alien race known as the “Cnidarians” for many, many years.
This story is but a small piece of a far flung corner of that conflict. It’s a sci-fi take on the well-worn trope of the “country house whodunit” where a spooky isolated mansion, several seemingly unrelated guests and a murderer in their midst sets the stage for a great mystery. Popular examples of this setting come are Christie’s “And Then There Were None” and Neil Simon’s hilarious satire “Murder by Death.”
So that’s it for now. Please go to the “Stories” tab and visit the “One Little Spacepod” page. Download and enjoy. In my next post, I’m going to discuss the story more in depth, and explain my process for writing a whodunit, which is MUCH more complicated that you might think!