The Backworlds

The Backworlds

by M. Pax


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The Backworlds by M. Pax

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A space opera adventure.

After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze's father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn't big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.

Treated worse than a stranger, like the scuzzbag of the galaxy, Craze is forced to flee his home. Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond his, he must find away to forge a new life and make sure his father regrets this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615681764
Publisher: MPax
Publication date: 01/20/2013
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult science fiction fantasy The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. A Browncoat and SG fan, she's also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

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The Backworlds 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
Craze is his father, Bast's son. He's learned how to swindle with the best of them. Bast announces he's sending Craze off to another world to make his fortune. Craze thinks maybe his pa believes in him. But then Bast says he's sending him away from his home for good, stealing his girl, and having him declared a leecher, shamed in front of his people. Surely Craze's luck can't get worse than that? Yet as he heads off to Elstwhere, he discovers a whole universe meaner and greedier than his pa. This was so much fun to read. The world building, or shall I say, universe building, is incredible. Amazing planets and beings. The imagery is vivid and filled my head with so many amazing sights. It was the little details. The living hair and amazingly soft skin of the Verkinn. The gender-bending of the Jix and the bird-like aviarmen. M. Pax so easily transported me to this other world and took my breath away. There's edge-of-your-seat action and tension. Who to trust? Craze is immediately likable. Clever and yet naive. I found myself cheering for him and hoping he made it through in one piece. The friends and enemies he made came alive on the page, well, screen. I particularly liked Talos and Lepsi. They're fascinating and made the story all the more entertaining. The Backworlds (Book 1) is a fantastic piece of science-fiction. I cannot wait until the next book comes out and we can see what sort of trouble Craze gets into next! I'm craving chocolate now. *winks*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't typically read sci-fi, and especially nothing this deep into the genre. I did, however, enjoy this book. I instantly empathized with Craze and was interested to see how he would overcome the predicaments placed before him. I'll say this for the fellow, he has a strong propensity for finding trouble.  This is definitely a book for adults, dealing with more mature subject matters and situations, but if you love sci-fi settings including other worlds and unique races, chances are you'll love this one. 
Brinda_Berry More than 1 year ago
I have confessed to having a soft spot for sci-fi. I was hooked from the first page when I felt immediate sympathy for the main character, Craze. He's an underdog with limited material resources, but his drive and ingenuity come through loud and clear. After being betrayed by his father and booted out of his home planet, he makes new alliances in a desperate attempt to survive. Craze is a charming character. The Backworlds is a scary place with all sorts of bioengineered beings. I loved reading the author's descriptions of the characters and setting. Although the descriptions are written with a light hand, the setting came across as very authentic and set my imagination in gear. I could picture a dark, gritty, desolate setting. Also, I admired the author's use of consistent language and "voices" for the characters. I kept turning those (digital) pages because I needed Craze to come out ahead in this dog-eat-dog world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can there be any greater gift combination? A top shelf book that's free? This book offers BOTH! I'm a prolific reader and go through hundreds of books a year. So free books add to my opportunity to read more. I find it as an unexpected surprise treasure when the quality is equal to or greater than a professionally produced book. Backworlds is such a book, and M. Pax's writing ability is superb. The storyline was fresh, new, engaging, and interesting. The hooks are set from the very beginning and frankly, won't release at the end. Backworlds reads like a mental movie, with each character and scene seeming and feeling 3D, which is the aim of all writers. So Kudos and Thanks M. Pax. I look forward to more! Dale M. Baranoski
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by this little gem. It turned out to be one of the rare type...Something very hard to put down. Even a bathroom break had me sitting to read instead of standing to p. .I will recomend this as a good read and also a read to any that follow M PAX.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved story. Characters were engaging. Just started II and plan to read them all.
havertypork More than 1 year ago
M. Pax really does a fine job of introducing the reader to the back worlds. His writing style is very easy to enjoy. His lead character, Craze, is shift fellow who falls in with a shifty lot to do shift things in said back worlds. A great read for any science fiction fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise, but too litte story overall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really tried to continue reading this book ,but I couldn't finish. I love sci-fi but, I just did not care for the characters let alone finish this book,sorry.
BishD More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read and an enjoyable romp through outer space. The ending is really just the beginning and left me wanting to know how Craze will do in the future. Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry i could not get past page 10! Rednecks in space i just dont get it...... Im i die hard sci-fi fan but to me this just doesnt fit. To the Author: I tried i really did maybe it gets better ill keep it in my shelf and maybe try again another time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, as far as it goes. I recomend it for pre teen readers.
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hannahlostgirl More than 1 year ago
Craze is wonderfully colorful character. He’s a bit of a con artist. He travels to the back worlds when his father steals his girl friend and casts him out. There were a lot of unique elements in this book. I was happy to read that instead of smuggling gun or drugs, he’s smuggling chocolate. Pax is a good new voice in science fiction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to reading sequal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline is no good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I look forward to reading more of this writer's work!
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