Horse Power #SFFSaturday

SFF LogoWelcome to Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday, a blog ring of snippets from the work of a number of writers. Just click on the logo above to get to the list of participants.

Horse Power coverThis week I’m deviating from my usual snippet of Jarn’s Journal and posting instead from the story I have on Amazon, Horse Power–and it’s free this weekend. Just click on the cover to get to the Amazon website. If you really want to hear from Jarn, his Journal is on my main website Friday, as usual.

The sun, less than an hour now from setting, was reddening as it sank. Silkies, their backs no higher than Roi’s chest, cast blue shadows half a dozen armspans long, their recently shorn white coats reddish in the dust they stirred up. The sheared hair could be spun into a luxury fabric prized throughout the Confederation, the skins, with or without the fleece, tanned into an extraordinarily light, supple leather likewise classed as a luxury item, and while Roi himself tended to eat whatever was placed in front of him, he knew enough gourmets to recognize that certain cuts of silkie meat were sought after by the finest chefs of the occupied planets. “Profitable beasts,” he commented.

Timi snorted. “They should be,” he agreed. “Trouble is, the colonization agreement gives the Company the power to set whatever price they want for silkie products. And they set it low enough, and that of the imported fossil fuels high enough, that most of the colonists aren’t even breaking even.”

Horizon’s a terraformed planet, with no history of life to produce deposits of fossil fuels, and the Company has pretty well legislated out the use of other forms of portable energy.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at
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19 Responses to Horse Power #SFFSaturday

  1. T. M. Hunter says:

    Interesting excerpt…sounds like every government that I’ve ever known or heard of.

  2. Sounds like a place that’s ripe for growing an underground economy!

  3. Sounds to me like a place for smugglers to get rich. Where’s Han Solo when you need him?

  4. I like that we got to get a look at their economy/government control. It’s weaved well into the work. Good job.

  5. S.A. Check says:

    Interesting world – “profitable beasts” – I like this line. It sets up the atmosphere well for the whole snippet.

    • The colony was set up to raise these profitable beasts. (They’re bioengineered, and need a lower UV level than is available on most planets.) However, the Company owners intend to take most of the profits themselves, while recruiting colonists with hopes of riches or at least some recompense for their labor.

  6. tktoppin says:

    I’m with S.A. Very interesting, and showing a peek into the mechanics of this world.

  7. amergina says:

    Interesting snippet! I’m intrigued enough that I’m downloading the book. I’ll review it when I’ve read it. 🙂

  8. Excellent snippet! I love books with political/economic puzzles in them. And nice description of the Silkies. Downloading now!

  9. S.C. Wade says:

    Very nice view into this world!

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