16 year old Talatu is as desperate as anyone for the Colony Ship to arrive at Barnard's Star. There would be her first ever look at a real sky, there would be adventure - a chance to prove herself as a Midshipman - most of all, she would be out from under the watchful eyes of her disapproving mother.

However, the survey of the planet is flawed and Talatu gets far more adventure than she expected! More

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About Dennis M Lane

Dennis M Lane was born in the monochrome days of the early sixties, deep in the industrial heartland of England. Coming of age during the Thatcher Years, the conflict that he experienced during the Steel Strike and the Teacher’s Strike played a great part in his political development.

In 1986 he travelled to Nigeria as a volunteer teacher and this lead to a long career working in international development, which continues to this day.

He has lived in 7 countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, each country making its own impact upon him. He has finally settled in South Africa where he has now lived for 8 years.

His writing ranges from poetry, which covers a variety of themes from the personal to the political, and are written in a range of styles and forms; through short stories; to longer forms.

His first book was "8 Million Stories", a collection of general poetry, and was published in 2010. His second book "The Poring Dark", a science fiction collection of short stories, poems and flash fiction, was published in September 2012 (two of the poems being nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award). His third book (and first novel) “Talatu”, is a Young Adult Science Fiction tale and draws on elements of his experience in Nigeria. It was published in March 2013.

He is currently completing his second novel "The King's Jewel" the first of "The Helix Key Series" which is a Young Adult series best described as Quantum Leap meets Assassin's Creed with a backbone of Stargate; and is populated by his own ancestors (going back as far as the time of Christ!)

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