The Backworlds

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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.

Trouble thrives in the Backworlds, but it's home. Thrown out of his home, Craze must find his way in a dangerous galaxy. More
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Published: April 10, 2012
Words: 45,390
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476068923
About M. Pax

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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 now 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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Review by: Diane Riggins on March 12, 2014 : star star star star star
Loved it. The setting and the characters are great. I couldn't put it down. Look forward to reading the other ones in the series. I would recommend it to others.
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Review by: Ben A. Bell on Nov. 27, 2013 : star star star star star
The first book in M.Pax’s Backworlds series does a great job of introducing the hero, Craze, and setting up his story. At the outset, he’s facing the worst day of his life, and with a family and community like he’s got, who needs enemies? It’s no wonder the young man rockets off to seek his fortune in the dangerous Backworlds. His adventures are exciting and pull the story along at a fast pace.

The part I liked most about this book was its attention to detail and the world-building. Those are the criteria on which every SF story should be judged. Just because a set of characters are placed in “the future” or on “another planet” doesn’t mean they’re really unique or original. But in Pax’s world, the aliens are truly alien, with values unlike humanity’s, and complex social rules and histories that ring true while being completely new and different from anything I’ve read before. While I loved Craze, it was the aliens that really drew me into this book. The descriptions, characterizations, and dialog were amazing, and made me feel I was really at the back end of the galaxy where anything could happen. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Charles Rogers on June 28, 2013 : star star star star star
I read the free book then bought the next two! Love the entire series. Good writing. Interesting story, nice conflict resolution.
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Review by: Jennifer Lewis on Jan. 30, 2013 : star star star star star
Loved this book and downloaded the second. A great read. Waiting for more in this series.
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Review by: Bish Denham on Nov. 25, 2012 : star star star star
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!
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Review by: Maria Violante on Aug. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
The Backworlds is a novella-length prequel to "Stopover at the Backworld's Edge". I've read other stuff by M. Pax, including Semper Fidelis, so I had reason to suspect it would be pretty good--and it *was*.

Unlike a lot of the reviewers, I wasn't hooked right away, although I think that had more to do with my frame of mind than the book itself. It took about twenty pages before I was shushing everybody around me so I could read. Very, very quickly, the novella revealed itself for what it was--a dashing tale of mischief and adventure with some loveable characters that have to make some pretty important (and difficult) choices.

One word of warning--don't start reading this if you don't want to go ahead and read the next book. It's impossible; you're going to be hooked. Luckily for me; I have a free review copy waiting.
(review of free book)

Review by: Loretta Stephenson on Aug. 05, 2012 : star star star star star
I've read several stories by M Pax, and as usual, I wasn't disappointed with The Backworlds. Wow, what a fun and fascinating read! The characters are so varied and colorful yet believable, the otherworldly settings are described in such a way that you "see" them. Even the foul stench of the ale that Craze, the main character, detests seemed to make my nose twitch! What a vivid imagination... and this author has the skill to make ME see it, too.

But it wasn't only the authors mastery of creating a believable universe that I enjoyed. The Story itself kept me glued to my Reader even when chores were calling my name. Predictable storylines bore me. But M Pax keeps surprising me with twists and turns I didn't see coming. What a fun romp through the backworlds with these feisty bio-engineered beings from a future time. OUR future, creations from the old "fabled Earth". Can't wait for the next in this series, Stopover At The Backworlds' Edge. Ha ha, in fact I just got it. :-)
(review of free book)

Review by: Anna Tan on May 14, 2012 : star star star star star
Run out of house and town by the Verkinn council elders at the instigation of his father, twenty-year-old Craze sets off to Elstwhere in search of his fortune. Craze soon falls in with two aviarmen, Lepsi - who’s trying to trump his brother Frederoy, and Talos - determined to establish a trade route in honour of his mother, in search of a new home. Their crazy new partnership leads them to adventure, dangerous places, and lots of money, or so they hope.

M. Pax writes with stunning imagery, creating a wonderful world of different species, bio-engineered humans and space travel. Her characters are vivid and varied, emerging fully-formed in your imagination. Her writing style is breezy and easy to read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Anna Tan on May 14, 2012 : star star star star star
Run out of house and town by the Verkinn council elders at the instigation of his father, twenty-year-old Craze sets off to Elstwhere in search of his fortune. Craze soon falls in with two aviarmen, Lepsi - who’s trying to trump his brother Frederoy, and Talos - determined to establish a trade route in honour of his mother, in search of a new home. Their crazy new partnership leads them to adventure, dangerous places, and lots of money, or so they hope.

M. Pax writes with stunning imagery, creating a wonderful world of different species, bio-engineered humans and space travel. Her characters are vivid and varied, emerging fully-formed in your imagination. Her writing style is breezy and easy to read.
(review of free book)

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