by Archer Miller
Humanity has spread to the far reaches of space with The Golden Door, a planetary colonization monopoly, selling off every desirable and not so desirable planet to desperate settlers.
Each new world comes with new challenges, and to meet that challenge the children are evolving.
When Pieter, and other gifted children like him, become the target of government research they must fight not only for their lives but the future of their kind.
Pieter’s eyes opened, but it was an exercise in futility. There was nothing but darkness for him to see. He knew he was awake because of the lancing pain running down his back and across his chest; the cover on his head was stifling and smelled of sweat and blood. He was upright in some sort of chair but he was unable to move. The back of the chair was straight and hard, and he was bound to it with his arms pinned behind his back. He struggled to breathe. His chest was stretched as his shoulders pressed into the chair behind him. A cry of pain rose in his throat, but he clamped his mouth tight to hold it prisoner.
As he gasped for air and strained to ease the pain in his chest and back, a voice from beyond the pain alerted him to another presence.
“Suka is awake.”
“Good. I want this suka blyad to remember this.”
With no way of knowing or seeing its approach a hand struck his face, slamming the back of his head against the hard chair. He could stop the scream, but not the tears that rained from his eyes.
“Little boy want to play,” the voice taunted him.
Something hard crashed into his stomach, forcing the air from his lungs. He tried to breathe, but was unable. What do they want from me?
A second fist slammed into the side of his face, whipping his head to the right.
“Don’t kill him,” the first voice warned.
“I won’t. But he’ll wish I had.”
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AN INTERVIEW WITH ARCHER
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I credit my mother and her love of reading. I learned to read early and as soon as she could she introduced me to Edgar Rice Burrows' John Carter of Mars. When I was 9 and home sick from school she gave me a book called Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. I was still in high school when I found two more writers who inspired me, JRR Tolkien and Anne McCaffrey. These are the writers I claim in my DNA.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Go hiking in the wilderness with Nika and Sasha.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
In Russia they celebrate birthdays much the same as we do with one surprising exception. Instead of spanking the celebrant the custom is to pull the ears. This becomes a major event in the life of my hero, Pieter Varushkin.
Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Loki, no question. He's a big happy-go-lucky Viking, who may be a good father and husband, but he also loves to party.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
Wack him on top of his head with my tankard. If that doesn't work I'll try to drink him under the table.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Romance. I have friends who are romance writers and I have a deep respect for what they do, but it's just not in my DNA. (See Question 1)
Archer Miller emerged from the East Texas hill country and set his sights on finding the life of which few of his contemporaries dreamed. In 1974, he migrated to Boulder, Colorado to enroll at the Naropa Institute – now known as the Naropa University, a tiny Liberal Arts college founded by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder, the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Rinpoche was enormously influential in spreading the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West.
Archer earned a degree in herbs and creative writing. He was a four-year Letterman on the Varsity Competitive Meditation Team.
After graduating in 1978, he took a year off to hike the Jack Kerouac literary trail. He became a top freelance gun-for-hire with dozens of ad agencies across the south and southwest. As a way to deal with the proliferation of Disco, he took up Zen Archery.
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