Marcha Fox has loved science fiction since she was a child with the stars always holding a strong sense of mystery and fascination. Her love of astronomy resulted in a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University followed by a 21 year career at NASA where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer and eventually manager. Her NASA experience was primarily at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas but included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other Centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland as well as visits to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. Her most memorable experience, however, was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003. "NASA was a great career experience, but writing is what I've always wanted to do. To me there is nothing more exhilarating than bringing a character to life."
She has made it a point to "do the math" regarding various elements in her books to assure accuracy and hoping to instill an interest in science and engineering to her readers in an enjoyable and entertaining way. She admits that Cyraria's figure-8 orbit around a binary star system is a bit of a stretch but maintains it is mathematically feasible even though it would be unstable with life on such a planet beyond challenging with its seasonal extremes. "But that's what makes it a good setting for the story," she adds.
Born in Peekskill, New York she has lived in California, Utah and Texas in the course of raising her family and currently resides in the Texas Hill Country. Whether “Refractions of Frozen Time,” the fourth and final volume of the Star Trails Tetralogy series will be the last she states, "These characters have a life of their own and may move on to other adventures."
on Sep. 15, 2015 :
This short story provides the intriguing backstory to a fascinating vegemal character introduced in Marcha Fox’s Beyond The Hidden Sky. Thyron talks in rhyming prose and it was always clear this flora peda telepathis has a very interesting provenance. I loved hearing Thyron’s point of view. Thyron is more ruthless than I imagined - a product of what he knows - and so he has some rapid learning to do as he expands his horizons and discovers he needs to rethink previous conceptions.
I love Marcha Fox’s work, because she is a scif-fi writer who thoroughly explores different alien cultures and philosophies and also ensures they are a natural development of the environment in which they have evolved. I have beta read the fourth book in the Star Trails saga, but this short story was a complete surprise to me and I am happy to say it makes a wonderful addition to the Star Trails universe.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 12, 2015 :
The Sapphiran Agenda is Thyron’s story. Thyron is an intelligent mobile plant. He communicates with others through psi waves and implanting pictures or words into the heads of other beings. He’s a very cool plant. This story is a spin-off from the Star Trails Tetralogy. Thyron is first introduced in Beyind the Hidden Sky the first book in the series. The Sapphiran Agenda is the situation we meet him in the series but from his point of view.
I loved the subtle comedy and the development of Thyron’s character. March Fox brings his personality to life. He is a lovable character who has his own agenda in the little adventure that takes him to another planet where he meets Creena. I won’t give away any spoilers. It’s a book that needs to be read. I’ll admit its suspenseful! I read it while travelling on vacation and couldn’t put it down until I finished it!
The author has a way of bringing the reader into the sci-fi world she created and placing them into the story. The science is plausible. As a science teacher I dig that. I’ve been turned off by sci-fi that isn’t realistic. Her books are credible adding to the believability and creativity of the story. She gives plenty of background while at the same time building the plot. As one of my favorite authors I wait for her to release another book related to the series.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Sep. 09, 2015 :
Don't let the title of this great little book make you think it is about the Sapphirans, who are an alien race of little, illiterate blue cannibals. The Sapphiran Agenda is about my favorite-ever sentient plant: Thyron.
The Sapphiran Agenda ties in with Marcha Fox's Star Trails Tetralogy series, which I absolutely loved. In fact, if I had been asked to find a fault with that 5 star series, it would have been that Ms. Fox didn't spend enough time with Thyron, but now he has his very own book. It is great to see how he thinks and what his dreams and fears are.
As Thyron and a crew of six Sapphiran natives board their spacecraft, Cerulean Nimrod, which means 'Blue Hunter', Thyron steps into his destiny - and a story you don't want to miss.
(reviewed the day of purchase)