Polaris Awakening Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Polaris AwakeningPolaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, Meghan Jashinsky

Series: Polaris Anthology #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.

DANGER DETECTED.

THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

We are so, so excited to finally share with you the cover for the upcoming Patchwork Press anthology, Polaris Awakening! There are some amazing authors who have been working tirelessly on this project: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, and Meghan Jashinsky.

Polaris-Full

The Polaris Anthology series is a young adult science fiction that retells some classic mythological stories about constellations in new and exciting ways! In the first installment, you are introduced to the space station of Polaris and the interesting characters aboard. You’ll see action, adventure, romance, and more.

Let us know what you think of the cover, and be sure to add the anthology — which comes out May 26th— on GoodReads!

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Anthology Release Announcement

Since the release of Patchwork Press‘s first anthology (The Lost Locket of Lahari), we’ve been talking about the next anthology and how great it’s going to be. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped on the details, only revealing small facts like the theme — CONSTELLATIONS! — and the genre — YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION! — but everything else? A mystery. But no longer!

Today, we are revealing the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. We’ll begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…

Polaris-Awakening

Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.

Zeus

Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…

Ophiuchus

After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.

Lyra

Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.

Gemini

Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.

Scorpio

Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.

Virgo

Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.

Taurus

And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).


Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th, one day before Patchwork Press’s second birthday! So let us know…

WHAT CONSTELLATION ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO READ?
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Take a ride on the Energy of the Future where society gets a fresh, clean start—no matter who they have to leave behind.

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Celebrate Who You Are – Guest Post by A.F. Stewart

A.F. Stewart is a fantasy author and blogger.  From Nova Scotia, Canada, she has  several published books including Chronicles of the Undead, a horror novella, as well as short fiction collections, Killers and Demons, Once Upon a Dark and Eerie…, Passing Fancies and Inside Realms.  Her interests include history, painting, and sword replicas.  Stewart writes about loving the fantasy and sci-fi genres:

 

I’m a fantasy/sci-fi geek and have been for most of my life.  I can quote the original Star Wars, my favourite show is Supernatural, I think Batman is the best superhero, I’ve been a admirer of Neil Gaiman since he wrote the Sandman series and my bookshelves are lined with pages of fictional fantasy worlds.  To me, fantasy and its sibling genres of sci-fi and horror are about ideas that could be, questions hiding beyond your sight and wondrous possibilities.

I’ve always loved reading fantasy in any form, so when I decided to pursue writing seriously those tales came naturally to my pen.  I suppose somewhere in the back of my head I wanted to be a part of that community because those were the stories that showed me what magic exists in the written word.  Any honour roll listing the authors that inspired me would include such extraordinary writers as Guy Gavriel Kay, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Harlan Ellison, and Ray Bradbury.  Their words showed me the way to a whole new and remarkable universe.

Therefore, once I started blogging it’s no wonder I plastered both my blogs with genre specific book reviews, author interviews and general geeky commentary.  I learned early how to chatter on regarding the intricacies and luminary brilliance of the fantasy/sci-fi genres and I put that talent to good use for my posts.  What began as a hesitant experiment in my own book promotion expanded into a minor showcase center for indie speculative fiction and a second side blog for me to occasionally rant about my preferred TV shows and movies.

And I think that is the best part of having these platforms to spotlight my passions.  I love finding a gem of a fantasy book (like my recent read of On Dark Shores by JA Clement) or expounding giddy about my fave show, Supernatural.  Sometimes it’s almost a compulsion, such as what happened after watching the Neil Gaiman penned (I bet you can tell by now I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman) episode of Dr. Who.   I enjoyed that particular episode so much I immediately had to write a review; it took me about twenty minutes to finish.  Sometimes you have to go with the flow.

I guess the moral to this tale (if there is a moral and I haven’t just been rambling again) is to celebrate who you are and, oh, that Geeks Rule!

 

Cheers to that!  : )  Visit Stewart’s blogs at: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/ and  http://afstewartpromotion.blogspot.com/