Henry Melton is often on the road with his wife Mary Ann, a nature photographer, and their travels throughout North America, Europe and Africa have inspired his YA series of novels; Small Towns, Big Ideas. The first, Emperor Dad, was the winner of the 2008 Darrell Award for Best Novel and Lighter Than Air won the 2009 Eleanor Cameron / Golden Duck. Henry's short fiction has been published in many magazines and anthologies, most frequently in ANALOG. Catacomb, published in DRAGON magazine, has been called a classic. A new series The Project Saga starts in the current time and stretches through a future where the Solar System is re-engineered and Humanity finds its place in the stars. An online magazine of old and new short fiction is available at HenrysStories.blogspot.com.
Tales of the U'tanseby Henry Melton
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The Cerik raiders failed in their attack on Earth, blasted by the radiation flare from a nearby supernova. Two heroes from Star Time stopped them, but not without being captured themselves. The Cerik were great predators and horrible engineers -- and they'd killed off the slave race that had given them all of their technology. Abe and Sharon of Texas agreed to serve their captors in exchange for their lives, but Tenthonad, the leader, wanted more, a whole new race of Builders to replace the slave race that they had exterminated.
These tales are from the first few generations of the U'tanse, this new branch of humanity. Psychically gifted, they were raised as slaves on a planet where their overseers are bloodthirsty predators and the even the air is poisonous.
Genesis: The survivors from Earth must choose to accept their lot and bring telepathic children into a hostile world to be slaves of the monsters.
Mercy Run: James, the first boy born without telepathy in a world where everyone else could read him, has to save the life of a girl who was too telepathic.
Bones: Karl, abandoned to die as too expensive to rescue, has to survive without being detected--no free U'tanse could be tolerated!
Festival Girl: Debbie, sent off to Festival where girls were swapped to keep inbreeding low, has to choose between a new life with another clan, or to leave with a strange man who offers an alternative on a secret project.
Tales of the U'tanse begins the star-spanning branch of The Project Saga.
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