The Perihelix

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Two asteroid miners, three women, one spacecraft, and a hunt for five pieces of a legendary weapon scattered around the galaxy. Big Pete and the Swede bring their latest haul of orichalcum back to Viridium C for a long vacation, but messages and maneuverings from two opposing powers threaten to drag them back to their pasts - pasts they have tried very hard to erase. Second edition 2018. More

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About Jemima Pett

Jemima Pett has been living in a world of her own for many years. Day-dreaming in class, writing stories since she was eight, drawing maps of fantasy islands with train systems and timetables at ten. Unfortunately no-one wanted a fantasy island designer, so she tried a few careers, getting great experiences in business, environmental research and social work. She finally got back to building her own worlds, and wrote about them. Her business background enabled her to become an independent author, responsible for her own publications.

Her first series, the Princelings of the East, mystery adventures for advanced readers set in a world of tunnels and castles entirely populated by guinea pigs, is now nearing completion. The tenth and final book, Princelings Revolution, is set for publication in 2020. Jemima does chapter illustrations for these. She has also edited two volumes of Christmas stories for young readers, the BookElves Anthologies, and her father's memoirs White Water Landings, about the Imperial Airways flying boat service in Africa. She is now writing the third in her science fiction series set in the Viridian System, in which the aliens include sentient trees.

Jemima lives in a village in Norfolk with her guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for her first stories, The Princelings of the East. She is now writing science fiction for grown-ups, hatching plans for a new series, and writing more short stories for anthologies.

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About the Series: Viridian System
Big Pete and the Swede. Two miners, made rich by their excavation of the asteroid belt in the Viridian System. It's a long way from anywhere, and especially from the domineering Imperium and their foes, the Federation. But things are changing. And our miners have secret destinies, secret from each other, and even themselves.

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Rebecca M. Douglass reviewed on March 9, 2016

First, I have to state right up front that I may be biased, as Jemima Pett is a writing pal and a friend. I also read two or three drafts of the book and offered feedback, so of course I think it's great!

But seriously, when I proofed the final copy, even knowing the story quite well (that was the 3rd reading) I couldn't stop reading. The story just grabs me, and I'm definitely in love with the characters! So, you can discount my bias and still know you should read it if you like some good science fiction with just a touch of fantasy, some grin-inducing situations, and a few things that Asimov never put in his books.

The first of a series, the story comes to a satisfying conclusion but does prepare us for the next book--which I'm eagerly awaiting!

4 stars: I really liked it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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