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A century ago a beneficent alien race, the Alfar, uplifted mankind to the stars and unwittingly seeded their doom. Humanity had just begun to ply the dark interstellar seas and were wholly unprepared for the malevolent forces they would awaken.
When Haldor Olsen unearths an ancient alien technology, the Hrymar slavers learn about mankind, a lucrative new source of slaves—the basis of their interstellar economy.
The slavers obliterate mankind’s first extra-solar colony, enslaving or killing all 10,000 colonists—including Haldor’s wife and son.
Haldor seems to be the only one taking this new threat seriously. With a small but well trained crew, he travels hundreds of light-years in a frantic race around the Galaxy to save mankind from total enslavement. In the process, he’s forced to make a deal with the devil to ward off the coming tide of destruction.
- “Stargate meets Lord of the Rings!”
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Q&A WITH AUTHOR HUGH B. LONG---------------------------------------------------------Q: Why did you write this book? A: "This is the book I wanted to read 25 years ago, but it didn't exist. I imagined a world in which Norse mythology was more than just the basis for epic stories. I wanted to see what a future might look like if the world had been formed as described in the old stories, and one tale in particular: Voluspa, which is part of the Poetic Edda, highlights the mythic beginnings of the world. I fantasized about what the world would look like with those beginnings, and projected that into the future." Q: How did you become interested in the topic? A: "Like any kid, I was fascinated by adventure. That included hard-boiled survival stories by the likes of Farley Mowat. Fantasy was also a big influence, starting with the Arthurian myths and continuing with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, which is where I discovered the Runes. That lead me to Norse Mythology, which Tolkien borrowed from heavily. I've since written several non-fiction books on Norse Mythology and Norse culture. Then, because I was also fascinated by science and technology, I began reading science fiction. Vern, Heinlein and Asimov were some of my early influences. So, I wanted to write stories that had a sweeping epic feel, had Norse DNA, and were set in a future world." Q: What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your book? A: "All my non-fiction books were designed to educate people on the impact that Norse culture has on our present day lives - for example: Five days of the week are named for Norse Gods and Goddesses. Why did they not teach me that in school?With my fiction, I want to continue to educate people on those times and culture, but mainly I want to entertain. I'm writing exactly what I would want to read." Q: Who is your intended readership? A: "People who love a mystery, adventure, and want to be emotionally invested in characters. I want to tell gripping tales, but also ensure that humanity is present in all it's raw and ugly glory. I expect people who love fantasy, science fiction, as well as historical fiction, will enjoy my books. I'm really blending those genres." Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? A: "From the time I was maybe 14, I knew it was my ultimate dream. I dabbled throughout my career in hi-tech, writing technical articles for a magazine, but only recently took the plunge and began writing full time. I was recently reading about Lee Child and how he started writing at 40, well I was 41 before I made the commitment." Q: How did you research your book? A: "The fiction is the easy part, with regards to research, but I did want much of my science to be at least based in reality. Sure, I digress from reality, but hey, it's science fiction! For example, worm-holes are really based on the theories of Einstein and Rosen, hence the Einstein-Rosen Bridge. And in my book we use microscopic bridges for instantaneous communications without a limitation on distance - The ERBT (Einstein-Rosen Bridge Transceiver), most folks just call it the stellar-comm. Other bits of technology like my starship power plants, use the concepts of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. My characters use a gadget called a Dark Matter Tap to pull that energy into phase with our Universe so we can use it to power hyperdrives." Q: What surprised you about the process of writing your book? A: "Although I plotted in great detail, many parts of the book just took off and wrote them selves! It was amazing! I've written several non-fiction books, so I'm used to dealing with a representation of facts, and organizing material, but when my story began to live and breath in front of me...that was simply awesome!" Q: What do you like to do when you're not writing? A: "I collect functional swords, enjoy Nordic Walking, and I read voraciously (2-3 books per week)." Q: Are you working on another book? A: "Absolutely. I have 9 books planned in the Tribes of Yggdrasil series, and I'm also writing a serialized story called "Draugr's Saga" which is about Viking Zombies. I release one episode a month (about 30 pages) and will be doing 12 episodes. After the 12'th serial, I'll publish a paperback Omnibus."About the Author:
Hugh B. Long is an Award Winning Canadian Journalist and Best Selling Author. He writes full time, and is passionate about Science Fiction and Fantasy rooted in Mythology. He also writes Norse and Viking themed non-fiction under his pen name - Eoghan Odinsson.
Graduating from the University of Aberdeen's School of Engineering in Scotland with his Masters of Science degree, he subsequently taught for the University, and was a dissertation advisor for graduate students.
In addition to his academic background, Hugh also holds a Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate, a Brown Belt in Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, and was study group leader in D.C. for the Association of Renaissance Martial Arts. (Historical European Martial Arts). Hugh has taught Martial Arts in Canada and the USA.
Hugh recently returned from a 10 year stretch working in the Washington D.C. area, and is now back in his native Ottawa Valley where he lives with his wife, son and two dogs.
Find out more about Hugh and his books and stories at hughblong.com
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