The talented, multi-genre author Pauline and I have been online friends for a couple of years now, so when she asked why I wrote The Central Galactic Concordance Collection, Books 1-3, my short answer was “because I’ve finally written enough books to make it worthwhile.”
Smartassery aside, the more informative answer is to explain why I wrote Overload Flux, Minder Rising, and Pico’s Crush, the books in the collection. Three years ago, my demanding muse marched into my head with a doozy of a big space opera damn story arc set a millennium into the future, about how we respond to evolutionary change. Humans, rather like cats, dislike change. Some people embrace it, some go with the flow, some deny it, and some do everything in their power to fight it. That’s the backdrop for the sweeping saga that I figure will take at least nine books to do it justice. Each book has action, adventure, mystery, and romance, as any space opera should. The Central Galactic Concordance has enjoyed 200 years of peace—any bets on how much longer it will last?
Overload Flux introduces the Central Galactic Concordance universe, and lays the groundwork for future events. Minder Rising introduces the world minders—people with telepathic, telekinetic, or pattern-making skills—and Citizen Protection Service, the sprawling, multi-mission agency that ensures the galactic peace. Pico’s Crush introduces military veterans and pharma companies, and checks in on characters from the previous books. By the way, some not-very-nice people from Pico’s Crush carry over into Jumper’s Hope, book 4 in the series, which is out now. If the writing gods are smiling on me, I’ll have two more stories out this year, one in an anthology, and book 5 in the series.
Carol Van Natta is an independent author of science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Pico’s Crush, and Jumper’s Hope, the first four books a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM), a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, who are unrepentant gravity scofflaws. Find Carol online:
About The Central Galactic Concordance Collection, Books 1-3
Come along, a millennium into the future… if you dare.
The Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.
The CPS also employs minders-—people with telepathic and telekinetic talents—for service and security, and covert operations.
Being a minder isn’t easy—they are followed by fear and prejudice. But being a “person of interest,” or of use to the CPS is even worse. Throw in corruption, hidden agendas, planet-sized secrets, and space battles…
Your only hope for survival is to know who your friends are… and keep them close.
I can’t thank Carol enough for stopping by to share her story and her kind words (blush!). Such a fun series! What do you think, dear readers?
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