Soul Horizon: A Space Opera Novella Everyone has secrets, some secrets haunt you, some secrets can get you killed, and some secrets are far more dangerous... Terras The Port had a name but it was of no importance or meaning to Terras. He was an alien in this place. Hironi. A hunted creature driven to ground and last resort. On this ship which lay as helplessly caught as heSoul Horizon: A Space Opera Novella Everyone has secrets, some secrets haunt you, some secrets can get you killed, and some secrets are far more dangerous... Terras The Port had a name but it was of no importance or meaning to Terras. He was an alien in this place. Hironi. A hunted creature driven to ground and last resort. On this ship which lay as helplessly caught as he, cradling him in its ruined body. Bitterly cold in its death throes. The stale air had the stink of his own fear and for a moment it threatened to suffocate him. His hand slid greasily on the weapon. He could die sooner than of starvation. And wondered bitterly if that was not a mercy. Others had come. Come to steal. Come to kill. And now another hunter came... Quell Quell was a ship’s Speaker, dumped in the wrong Port at the wrong time, broke and unshipped. Even worse than that the Port had a problem and Quell was elected to solve it – get an exiled Hironi out of the Port, on a ship that was barely more than a derelict. A ship no other Speaker had been able to work. Now Quell and Terras are both out of options and running for their lives, on a ship with secrets of its own, keeping one step ahead of their enemies, trying to stay alive – and trying not to kill each other. Be careful where you voyage... you cannot always find your way home. Soul Horizon is a short space opera novelette of around 14,000 words. It originally appeared in a slightly altered form in the Alien Shores anthology from Aphelion Publications. Reviews Blue Tyson’s Guide to Science Fiction: Soul Horizon 4 out of 5 stars. Carole Nomarhas's "Soul Horizon" is a piece of space opera which has a rich and detailed background, and is presumably part of a series of shared universe stories, or at least I hope so... Thoughtful and exciting, with sharp dialogue and some original hyperspace theories. Martin Livings, Fresh Ink, Eidolon Magazine "Soul Horizon," a skilfully written story of far-future space intrigue. Robert K.J. Killheffer, Review of Alien Shores Anthology, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction ...
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Soul Horizon Reviews
Wow. What an interesting ride. Hard to say much for fear of giving away the good stuff (all of it's good), so I'll remain vague and analytical. :-)There are two man characters in this, both male, both alien (in ways, even unto themselves) , and both desperate. One has nearly died and is desperate to live, one is already dead inside and wishes for his life to end. Not quite enemies, but certainly not allies, they are forced together inside of a decrepit ship with the only destination being "anywhere but here". The writing is light--that is, the words are placed with a light touch...there isn't necessarily a lot of description of the surroundings, or the physical appearance of the characters, leaving much of it up to the reader to imagine. But the way the two characters are written-- their reactions to their surroundings-- puts the reader in the center of the action; being part of it, and not just an outside observer. The story is mostly psychological-- it focuses on each man trying to get what he wants, but finding the other man (or even himself) in his way at nearly every turn. So if you're looking for action-oriented Star Wars space shoot 'em up, this really isn't that (there are some little actiony bits, but this is a character-driven plot). This isn't m/m (my usual go-to), but it almost could be with that classic (and awesome) "frienemies" relationship, or hate to love. It ends nearly in the same place it begins, but with a definite twist, and I would love to see a sequel!
Quick Read, Good StorySoul Horizon is a solidly written, too short novella that tells an interesting story, and leaves the reader wanting more. It is well edited and has a great plot twist in the end. The only problem I have is the character naming. Having the non-Terran/Terrarian named Tetras is quite confusing.