Hi fellow sixers! Happy Six to you!
This week, I am sharing a little from my scifi/fantasy novel In Search of the Drasta.
The planet of E’Loi lived a good existence now that the Travelers were gone. Except for one thing – they could no longer reproduce. Thus, the leading scientists of the planet were placed in charge of creating a fix for the problem. Kape Kruence came up with one, but it quickly turned bad and he was banished to the mines of Swapesh. The other senior scientists were then charged with finding a fix.
Soon enough the problem became insurmountable in their minds and the senior scientists thought it would be best to retire and hand the problem over to all the junior scientists; in the name of saving their world, of course, not because they didn’t want to end up like Kape who was now working the mines of Swapesh forever; they made that point very clear. So clear in fact that the rulers of E’Loi got tired of their self-serving attitude and sent them all to work in the mines of Swapesh anyway, just to get rid of them.
The junior scientists were ecstatic as they had so many ideas that the seniors would not even think of. They made the proposal that the person who came up with an idea that worked would become Chief Scientist forever, or until he decided to step down. Their offer accepted: they set about making plans. Of the seventeen scientists who were trying to fix the problem, 3 groups ended up forming: one group of twelve, one group of four, and one lone scientist who said he did not want to work with others because he was too smart for any of them, which is the actual reason none of them had asked him to be on their team.
Some days it just doesn’t pay to be brilliant. Braun Tapesh is the chief scientist for the planet E’Loi and is happy to tell anyone who happens to be standing near him that it is he who saved his planet.
Despite his advanced scientific knowledge, Braun makes a small mistake and finds himself on a rescue mission to find the Drasta—the last true Eloim female born on the planet. Unwillingly thrown into his own science experiment, he is tossed across the universe in a special chamber he created. Much to his dismay, he is transported into the body of a university student and must learn to eat Earth food and adjust to life on a college campus—all while still focusing on his important mission to locate the Drasta and bring her home. Soon, he is traveling from planet-to-planet with two humans, a princess, and a half-dwarf in tow. But someone else is on the same mission and will do anything to snatch the Drasta first.
Just when Braun wonders what could possibly be worse, he realizes he never should have asked.
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