Please welcome Rigel Carson to the blog today! Her new book G1 came out on Amazon this week.
Science Fiction Gateway
By Maggie Toussaint w/a Rigel Carson
One of my earliest guilty pleasures was watching Star Trek after school. I loved the idea of space travel, of exploring new worlds, of life on different planets. Star Trek was my science fiction gateway drug.
I liked science fiction before I knew I wanted to be a scientist. My first chosen profession, thanks to the Moon Landing, was astronaut, but that wasn’t a good fit for lots of embarrassing reasons, the worst of which was motion sickness. So, science became my career.
My Environmental Science degrees gave me a broad background. Some geeky tasks I did: monitored water quality, checked people for contamination at a government facility, collated geology data in a foreign country, distilled extracts from soils to yield compounds to test for anticancer properties, wrote technical reports, and used fish and frogs to check groundwater quality for soldiers.
Through it all, I maintained my love of science fiction, but I began writing science fiction in a roundabout way. I started in romance, thinking that would be easy. Ha! I got the hang of it, but I liked romance with suspense better, so I added a mystery line. Then I set a mystery in the future. Guess what? That’s science fiction! Kindle Scout picked up G-1, and now my Guardian of Earth series is launched.
Here’s the blurb for my just released book, G-1:
Though plague, locusts, and earthquakes riddle 2065 Earth, brilliant and reclusive hydrologist Zeke Landry focuses on solving the problem of the world’s vanishing water supply with the help of a souped-up robot named Forman. When his uncle disappears, Zeke and his dashing sidekick search the country for Uncle John. A routing error lands Zeke’s travel pod far from its destination. Worse, every step he makes puts him in harm’s way and has him questioning his employer’s agenda.
Chaos reigns as food and water shortages destabilize governments. The Chameleons, a secret society poised for world domination, believe Zeke has the keystone, an object of great power. They’ve already murdered in their quest to find the keystone, so if Zeke can’t produce it, his hours are numbered.
A fish out of water, Zeke must face his worst fears to outwit his enemies. He must step into his late father’s shoes to protect his heritage.
How did you become a fan of science fiction? What was your gateway “drug?”
Connect with Maggie Toussaint w/a Rigel Carson
Author Website: http://www.rigelcarson.com
16 thoughts on “Book Launch! G1 by Rigel Carson”
Thank you for having me here today, Charlee! I love the fact that Smart Girls Love Science Fiction. The title of your blog makes me feel smarter, as if I still had all my marbles, LOL! I’m delighted to be here and hope to make some new acquaintances. It isn’t easy being two people at once, as I’m finding out. Maggie Toussaint writing as Rigel Carson
Happy to have you here! I’ve been hearing about G1 for awhile now, so glad to celebrate the release. My entry to scifi was old Trek and Space 1999. Then the fiction of McCaffrey.
old Trek! I love it. Space 1999, check! And McCaffrey. Omigosh. I still have most of her books on my shelf. Love them. Great choices!
Hi Maggie/Rigel, I’m a long-term Trekkie, also and I loved the first 3 Star Wars movies, those with Han and Luke. It’s the humor in both that captivated me. I actually don’t tend to read sci fi, but I read a couple of chapters of G-1 last night, then just a couple more, and just one more… I might have to start my reading time earlier tonight!
Thanks for your kind comments, LK. I’m glad you found G-1 easy on the eyes. My style is lighter than a lot of science fiction, but I hope it carries weight just the same. Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. Star Wars captivated me as well. Especially the first movie. I was so taken by Harrison Ford and the Wookie of all things!
Hi Maggie and Rigel – looks like a great book! My gateway to scifi was used paperback books. Some of my earliest reads were Andre Norton, Alan Dean Foster, Anne McCaffrey, and Isaac Asimov.
I too have a degree in Environmental Science – Biology specific. My first job out of college had me cleaning recycle bins. Ah, those days when folks weren’t sure what an Environmental Scientist was!
Commiseration about the degree and recycling bin cleaning. Being the second income for our family, I had a variety of part-time science careers, all of which I knew just enough lingo to get by! I love the authors you mentioned. I also remember reading Dune in my teens and being transfixed by the stillsuits and all the other cool stuff of other worlds. I didn’t realize how much influence I’d had in this area until I started thinking about why I wrote a science fiction series. It’s because those stories had been brewing in my head, behind the scenes. Now I’m ready to share all of them!
Thanks for your comment!
Hopefully, water won’t come into short supply, as in your book. There are those who believe it’s a huge possibility. Right now, it’s hard to believe, with all the snow we’ve had this year in Illinois!
We have had a lot of snow and rain this winter, but given the nature of the water cycle, that means that someone else is likely having a shortfall.
Thanks for stopping in, Morgan!
I HAVE been hearing a lot about MEGAdrought being a real possibility. I wish they were talking about a new superhero instead of huge devastation. ugh!
Mega-drought is just the situation I envisioned as I wrote G-1. A clandestine group of long-range thinkers (in the book) started diverted drinking water and hoarding it, over a 30 year period. That’s at the start of the book. Problems occur in a domino-like chain of events throughout the book because of the resource shortage. We think no one would be that mean or conniving, to steal water, but human nature surprises me by its depths for good and evil. You get a bunch of bad guys together, give them decades to pull something global off, and they will get it done. I hope my G-1 version of the future turns out to be fiction.
Very cool! Thanks for stopping by. And I see G-1 has humor as well-always a plus with SF. My first intro to SF was Star Wars (first trilogy) then all the old B&W classics-The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, War of the Worlds…and Star Trek. Definitely. I started reading SF books in high school.
Hi Mrs. Bookmark,
Star Wars opened a lot of people’s minds to science fiction because the movies were such big productions and the characters were so engaging. Don’t get me wrong, Star Trek TV programs were my first introduction to science fiction, but there was a big difference in the quality of the sets between these two franchises. I love the other movies you mentioned, and the fact that you found science fiction books in high school. Very cool!
Thanks for your comment.
Maggie Toussaint w/a Rigel Carson
Andre Norton!!! My first crush as a child was on Spock. (So embarrassing to confess that now.) I liked The Martian Chronicles, The Left Hand of Darkness and suffered through Heinlein, but it was Norton and some other books that had a more female orientation that truly got me hooked.
Don’t be embarrassed about that crush! It’s endearing. Spock appealed to me as well because he was so darned smart, and well, logical. But that also got him in trouble with nonlinear thinkers like Kirk. If you pared all that down to a micro-level, that was the world I existed in way back then. A little geeky, a little too smart for my own good, and unable to go with the flow of the popular kids. I marched to my own beat. Still do for that matter.
I really got into what you said about Andre Norton making the genre more accessible for women. That’s awesome.
So pleased to meet you here. I hope our paths cross again!
Maggie Toussaint w/a Rigel Carson
I didn’t get a chance to comment yesterday when you were responding to readers, Maggie, but I hope you see this nevertheless. I wasn’t into reading SF while growing up, but I did see the Star Wars and Star Trek movies and shows. More recently, I’ve read some apocalyptic novels and the scenarios are horrifying. You’re right that humans can be evil and greedy. Your book sounds fascinating so I”m off to buy it. I wish you much success!
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