I’m taking a break again from Jarn’s Journal, though it’s in its usual place as yesterday’s post on my main blog. Today all you science fiction and fantasy fans and authors get a peek from the story that’s free Saturday (Pacific time) and Sunday on Amazon, Horse Power. I’ve decided to give snippets when it’s free, and try and pick bits to show what the problem is. And for more fantastic snippets, click the logo above.
This piece is just after the one 3 weeks ago, when Roi discovered that the herder (or rather, the person trying to herd the silkies) was using a bicycle.
“That,” [Amber] told him, “is probably the exploitation the Council heard about. Only I suspect it’s perfectly legal. The Company controls most of the shipping, and they only bring in things they can sell for Confederation credits, not for the barter we normally use.
“The only herding vehicles they import use fossil fuel. I suppose they could be modified to run on alcohol, but the manufacture or importation of alcohol is illegal. That leaves us totally dependent on imports of fossil fuel.
“This is a terraformed planet. There isn’t any fossil fuel, beyond some methane clathrates that we don’t have the equipment to mine. Plenty of energy–solar, wind, hydro–but very little in portable form. High-density power packs would work, but the Company is the only one with the resources to build a recharge plant, and they’re no more interested in that than they are in light, portable solar panels — they’d rather keep selling us liquid fossil fuel at outrageous prices.”
Health update: my 2nd round of chemo was earlier today (or yesterday, for those of you in the UK.) Don’t expect coherent comments. And I am losing hair (fast) so I’m considering going really wild on a wig. Shall I post photos? And if you want to find out what Jarn’s up to, he’s on my main blog.