James Jacob (J J) Mathews grew up with his nose stuck in books. A voracious reader in his youth, he devoured all of the science fiction and fantasy books he could find at the local library. J.R.R. Tolkein, Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, Larry Niven, Voltaire and Greg Bear were some of his early influences, with many other authors added to his bookshelf as time went on. Broadening out to read more genres as an adult, J J has always held a special place for fantasy and sci-fi.
J J is married and lives in Hamilton, New Zealand with his wife and three boys, and writes in his spare time.
The Taylor Neeran Chronicles is his first venture into science fiction.
Human expansion into the stars has been under way for over a millennium as fresh worlds are colonized and newly discovered alien species are invited to join a loose commonwealth of planets that now extends beyond the Orion spur of the Milky Way galaxy.
However, not all species are peaceful. A hundred years of war to repel the Xathen invasion turned into an uneasy truce that has lasted for nearly thirty years. Exploration of systems has resumed, with the Zanzibar sent to complete the survey of a planet on the fringes of Xathen space. When the Xathen declared war over a hundred and thirty years ago, contact with the first survey ship was lost, and they never returned home.
These are the chronicles of Taylor Neeran - university student, daughter of an absentee mother and passenger on the Zanzibar. Taylor has come along for the trip to explore a new planet, earn a few extra course credits, and get to know her mother.
Well, that was the plan.
When Taylor triggers a diplomatic incident with the planet's inhabitants, she soon finds herself struggling to survive alongside her alien companion, lost in the wilds of the planet she would come to call home...
The galaxy is populated by a loose Commonwealth of planets, and the war with the Xathen is over.
Taylor Neeran - university student and daughter of an absentee mother has come along for the trip to explore a new planet, and get to know her mother.
Taylor soon finds herself struggling to survive, lost in the wilds of the planet she would come to call home...