I read hundreds of science fiction books in my youth – half a century ago – but not so many since then. I did, however, read hundreds of other types of novels, detective stories, mysteries, adventure stories, humor, and sea stories, most written in the first half of the 20th century. Since I have no formal training in writing, the stories I've read are the basis for the stories I've written.
My long space opera/planetary romance, “The Bright Black Sea” and “The Lost Star's Sea” borrow their themes from my fond memories of those early science fiction stories, and, as I've come to realize, from Edgar Rice Burroughs in particular. Their story style, however, reflects the adventure stories of the late Victorian and Edwardian age, by the likes of H Rider Haggard and the sea stories of C J Cutcliffe Hyne and Guy Gilpatric. “A Summer In Amber” draws its inspiration from the Scottish stories of John Bucham and Compton Mackenzie, as well as Downton Abbey. “Some Day Days,” it's a rather experimental romance whose perigee is far from clear, even to me. What all these stories have it common is that they are stories written the way I enjoy my fiction – lighthearted, character-driven stories with danger, adventure, humor and a bit of romance told from the “ground level” of first person narratives.
As for me, well, I've lived a very ordinary life. One wife, two grown children, a couple of grandchildren, no dogs, no cats, one car and a house in a small Midwest town. Besides writing for a couple of hours each morning, I paint impressionist paintings, put several thousand miles on my bike each year, putter around the yard in summer and the web in winter.
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The Lost Star's Sea
by C. Litka
The Lost Star's Sea is the complete sequel to The Bright Black Sea. Captain Wil Litang, shipwrecked on a floating island in the Archipelago of the Tenth Star, must survive its many perils -- storms, dragons, pirates, and the fabled Dragon Kings. Like the first volume of the Lost Star Stories, this is a rich, character-driven novel that celebrates and reinvents the classic planetary romance .
The Bright Black Sea
by C. Litka
The tramp space ship Lost Star is a ship with a mysterious and very dangerous past. Its future is looking pretty iffy as well. Join the crew of the Lost Star as they cross orbits with cruel assassins, homicidal robots, deadly pirates, and the mythical dragons of space in this long, sweeping space opera which revisits, and reinvents, the golden age of science fiction space adventure.
Some Day Days
by C. Litka
Be careful what you wish for – wishes can come true, as Hugh Gallagher discovers when the girl of his dreams, the incomparable Selina Beri, comes seeking his expertise on a piece of technology she needs to understand for her last final exam. Can Hugh, the classic shy, geeky, university student, avoid making a fool of himself with the girl he's loved from afar? A romance set in the near future.
A Summer in Amber
by C. Litka
A young physicist is dispatched to a remote Scottish estate to secretly decipher the fragments of a manuscript that may hold the key to restoring the solar storm ravaged 21st century. Once there he finds whispers of a reincarnated wizard, strange forces linked to an eerie laboratory said to be a gate to the Otherworld, and a girl. A classic science fiction novel of adventure and romance.
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