Book Description: Out of the still calm at the end of a normal space day came an attack by marauders. Alexis was sent away to safety, but there was nothing safe about that sector of space. The marauders were looking for him. The people who helped him on his way to find his parents told him a little about the Imperial Legion and their power of Thoughts, but what exactly was his connection with the Emperor and why were the marauders so desperate to find him? It was all very confusing, even more confusing when you had spent all your life in a small space lab and were totally unused to living anywhere else.
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The Author: Rosemary Wright is well known in the Prep School world for her best selling Mathematics text-books. She took a degree in Architecture before going into the City, but retrained to teach when her own children were small. She spent several years teaching at a boys’ Public School, becoming the first female Head of Mathematics at the Prep School. The boys here are exceptionally good at steering their lessons into more interesting channels than percentages and fractions, and the Mathematics scheme of work became centred around time and space travel in a mythical galaxy.
The Inspiration: Rosemary thoroughly enjoys her pupils’ love of space and the stars, but has been disheartened by the lack of books catering for their tastes. Coming from a family of writers and poets, it seemed perfectly natural to turn her pen to the writing of a book to fill this gap. Much of the inspiration for the Alexis books comes from her pupils’ interests and enthusiasms, and the Empire is based on their views on how the world of the future could be structured.
Rather to her surprise, from the handful of children that have read the book comes equal enthusiasm from girls. Clearly children want and enjoy Science Fiction! This is not new. It was the novels of Jules Verne that inspired Ernest Rutherford to turn the fiction into reality. We read so much about the need for more scientists, but where is the inspiration for this generation? The shelves in the bookshops may be full of magic, but your real scientist knows that this is hocus – pocus.
REVIEWS - Alexis:
Golgonooza, Literary Service:
This novel is of the children's sci-fi/fantasy genre. However, it is so well written and accessible that it could perhaps also crossover to adult sci-fi and fantasy. It is also a novel that is very accessible and therefore would not limit itself to a die-hard sci-fi fan base. It has a distinctive feel to it with very appealing characters and a well-crafted plot. In short despite the increases in the market of competitive science fiction, this book should have no problem fitting in.
Hilary Johnson, Literary Advisor:
I think you have made the futuristic settings and lifestyles of your characters accessible for the modern child ( all the gadgetry of our world extended quite plausibly ). The full plot is quite complex and challenging but it is certainly strong and does hang together. You write well. I think you have a potentially good story with huge scope, encompassing, as it does, several planets and an engaging hero. I feel it would have particular appeal to boys.
Ben, aged 12
Every weekend I now rush to grandpa’s house so I can read more.
Ellie, aged 11
I think the names are wonderful, how did you think of them? I did not manage to finish the book so please, please, let me know when it is published.
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Published on: 2006-01-20