Taken Liberty: A Tale from the Arbiter Chronicles

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Based on the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning series of audio dramas, Taken Liberty tells the story of Aer'La, an escaped slave from an alien world who finds a home among humanity. The discovery of her true identity, however, threatens her freedom and her very life. More
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About Steven H Wilson

Steven H. Wilson has written for Starlog, DC Comics Star Trek classic and Warlord series, and, most recently, served as principal writer and director for Prometheus Radio Theatre and publisher of Firebringer Press. His original science fiction series, The Arbiter Chronicles, currently boasting nineteen full-cast audio dramas and the novel Taken Liberty, has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama (long form). His second novel, Peace Lord of the Red Planet, was released in 2010. As a podcaster, besides hosting the Prometheus Radio Theatre podcast, he has recorded Lester Del Rey’s Badge of Infamy for podiobooks.com, performed multiple roles in J. Daniel Sawyer’s production of Antithesis, and performed in Nobilis Reed’s presentation of Scouts. Active in science fiction fandom since 1984, he has written, drawn, edited and published fanzines, acted and directed with a comedy troupe, and served as a gopher, a con chair or a guest at roughly a hundred conventions. Wilson, who works as an IT manager, holds degrees from the University of Maryland College of Journalism and the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He lives in Elkridge, MD with his wife Renee and sons Ethan and Christian.

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Stormswift reviewed on Dec. 26, 2018

A thought provoking book showing that abuse; bigotry and indifference are intensely cruel and that freedom can never be over-rated.

The Confederated Worlds comprises inter alia: The Confederates (bio-enhanced humans); Terrans (non-enhanced humans); Hecate (a planet where all humans are wiccans) ; Phaetorian (mind reading abilities and can also control the human body e.g, ordering someone's heart to stop) and Varthans (the slavers and their sex slaves referred to as ferals).

The Confederacy needs the food produced by the Varthans and so turns a blind eye to the slavery that is supposed to be outlawed.

No slave escapes the Varthans but Aer'La did. After being abused from a very young age, her need to escape emerges after a young male slave is murdered for the crime of loving her. She eventually serves as a bosun on the Titan. The ship is commanded by Captain Jan Atal, the only male she had met thus far who did not try to take sexual advantage of her. Instead he treated her with kindness and hid the fact that she was an escaped slave allowing her to form friendships with other young midshipmen.

Her tenuous contentment is ripped away when a particularly nasty ship's doctor realises via a DNA scan that she's a Varthan feral and notifies the authorities. (I hoped that the ship's Wiccan would turn that doctor into a toad)

Will Aer'La choose to end her life to avoid returning to slavery or will she choose a life of freedom?

Sensitive readers: the descriptions of sexual abuse of children is disturbing but comprise a minimal part of the book.
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