Lee had this to say of my novella, Babylon’s Song:
“The final story in the collection is Babylon’s Song by Woelf Dietrich. Ironically, the only New Zealand author in the group begins and ends his story in Australia’s New South Wales, where nine-year-old Samantha is forced to watch the slaughter of her parents outside their family home. Transported to New Zealand as a human slave for the inlari, Samantha is bonded to the kindly Master Zocht, but her sister, Kimberly, hasn’t been so lucky.
Dietrich’s prose is sparser and less flowery than his colleagues, necessary perhaps given his desolate subject matter, although, ultimately, Babylon’s Song leaves us with the most hope for the future, which is fitting for the book’s final tale.”
My intent was never to write a lyrical masterpiece but a gritty story grounded in reality, albeit a science fiction one. And I think it worked. It’s funny, really, if you think about how I originally wrote a military sci-fi in “The Last Devil,” aiming for speed and action, and ended up with a sober story about survival. I’m proud of this tale because it features a major character from “The Last Devil” and it explores her childhood.
On a whole, reviews thus far have been excellent, praising our stories for their seamless intersection against a shared universe, and generally fawning over the quality of our stories. This is good. Very good. We’re already busy planning the next volume and I can promise you awesome things for the future.
The print version of Interspecies (The Inlari Sagas) should be available by the end of this month and from what I’ve seen it looks gorgeous. So make sure to watch this space for more in the coming weeks.
Chat to you soon, folks.