Hello and welcome to the RandomThingsTours Blog Tour for The Sky Woman by JD Moyer.
Many thanks to Anne and FlameTreePress for having me on this tour.
About The Book
“Car-En, a ringstation anthropologist on her first Earth field assignment, observes a Viking-like village in the Harz mountains. As Car-En secretly observes the Happdal villagers, she begins to see them as more than research subjects (especially Esper, a handsome bow-hunter). When Esper’s sister is taken by an otherwordly sword-wielding white-haired man, she can no longer stand by as a passive witness. Knowing the decision might end her career, she cuts off communication with her advisor and pursues the abductor into the mountains.”
About The Author
J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His previous occupations include dolphin cognition researcher, martial arts instructor, Renaissance Faire actor, dance music event promoter, and database application developer.
J.D. has been reading and writing science fiction and fantasy since he was a boy, inspired by authors such as Susan Cooper, Piers Anthony, and Lloyd Alexander. As an adult his favorite authors include William Gibson, Octavia Butler, Iain Banks, Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, and David Mitchell.
J.D. went to Berkeley High (other alumni include Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin) and the University of California at Davis. After graduating, J.D. embarked on a long career as a music producer, DJ, label runner, and event promoter, culminating in world tours and music placement in film, television, and videogames (including Dance Dance Revolution) as well as the international hit We Are Connected made famous by John Digweed. After the birth of his daughter, he quit the DJ hustle and returned to his love of fiction writing.
His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The InterGalactic Medicine Show, Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores, and Compelling Science Fiction. His story The Icelandic Cure won the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction contest. Recurring themes in his fiction include genetic engineering, the sociological effects of climate change, virtualized consciousness, and evolutionary divergence.
Website : http://www.jdmoyer.com/
What I Thought
The Sky Woman is one for the sci-fi fans for sure. It was an interesting read. Having left earth years ago and settled in the sky on ringstations, they are now going back down to observe and research the descendants of the people left behind and see how they have fared over the years. Learning old skills and having genetic mutations that in some cases give good sight, smell, hearing, strength and some also protection against radiation, they are doing well.
But some of the Sky people don’t just want to observe, they want to get involved and learn from the villagers, while others just want to be rid of them so they can have the earth back.
It was an interesting read, there was a fair bit going on and some of it went a bit over my head. I wanted to know more about the “gast” and Raekae, and how that fitted into the story. I found the villagers far more interesting than the Sky people and enjoyed their part of the story more. It would be great if the Sky people just fecked off and left them alone (after protecting them from the leaking nuclear reactor obviously.) and I want to know more about why Haakons son is so odd.
Worth checking out if you’re looking for a new sci-fi read.
Thanks again to Anne and FlameTreePress for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.