The first novel in this upcoming series has the tentative working title Up the Well. The well in question is the gravity well that surrounds every large astronomical body, for example a habitable planet. It is both life-sustaining and preserving, because without sufficient gravity the oceans and atmosphere would be lost to space, and constricting, because it means we need huge rockets just to get into low orbit. For someone stuck on a planet in this future universe, as most of the teeming trillions of humans and other races and species are, going Up the Well (this wonderful phrase was to my knowledge first used by William Gibson in Neuromancer) means liberation from the fetters of gravity and the freedom to explore the universe.
Of course, the cosmos has its own dangers, as my protagonists discover. While my writing is not as bleak as the grimdark science fiction horror like Warhammer 40k, neither do I find inspiration in the utopias of Roddenberry and Banks.
My story begins in a vast planetary city, where teenage protagonist Freedai Reynofar lives in a cramped apartment with her dysfunctional eccentric genius father, while she dreams of a romantic life among the stars, and hangs out with her friends from school. I don’t want to give away spoilers or details of the story, but this tale is all about being an outsider, and about hopes and dreams.