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And now, on to A Spark in Space.
A few years ago, I was editing an anthology about magic. You may have heard of it, you may not. It was called “A Touch of Magic” and the only rules about stories to be entered were that they had to be YA and they had to include some form of magic, no matter in what form.
We ended up with plenty of different forms of magic – there were magical craftsmen, sorcerers, witches, fae, curses and ghosts.
Here’s the thing about magic – even though it has so many wonderfully different applications, in the end, it still always appears somewhat straight forward. I was trying to think out of the box a little, and so I ended up with witches chosen by space who manipulate energy with their mind. It still didn’t feel that far out of scope to me, but I found people being completely surprised by the idea and approaching me to talk about that story in particular.
So it got me thinking.
This short story, essentially not much more than an origin story… How would it continue?
And that’s how A Spark in Space: A Space Witch Novel came to life. (To be released July 6th 2021, but available for 0.99$ as ebook pre-order
Without further ado, here’s a little excerpt from this story about a technomancer
, along with an illustration of one of the characters by the amazing Alex van Gore:
“Ah, perfect timing.” He smirked up at Tabea. “Care to
take the wheel?”
One glance at the radar told her all she needed to
know. Returning his grin, she nodded and proceeded
to the center of the room, her favorite place for
exercises of this nature. Maneuvering through a small
asteroid field like this should be a simple task.
Kneeling down, she placed both palms on the
ground and closed her eyes, letting her energy, her
essence, merge with the ship.
“Ready?” she asked Calliope.
“Always,” was the prompt response.
Tabea concentrated on the prickling sensation in her
fingers, ignoring the static that was making her hair
stand up, and focused on reaching into the ship, into
the mundane wiring and electric currents, moving with
them and spreading to the different controls, and then
farther, weaving in and out to move toward the ship’s
core, the alien technology that was giving the ship its
energy, and incidentally, Calliope’s mind. Without
hesitation, Tabea let her own consciousness merge with
it so she felt and saw the same as Calliope.
Using the ship’s radars, she detected every one of the
rocks hurtling through space and the relative distance
between them. They were quite far apart from each
other and even with the velocity they were at,
maneuvering through them should be a simple feat.
Keeping in mind safety precautions, she raised the
shields anyway and made the ship lunge forward. First
a slight left, then a roll to the upper right, a quick
bounce over another asteroid and then a dip and a side
swivel. Dancing through the metallic rocks like a
celestial ballerina, the Calliope was swiftly brought to
the other side of the shower.
“Well done,” Calliope said. “You’re getting better at this
every day. I didn’t even need to help this time.”
Tabea smiled to herself, proud of her
She was about to disconnect when she noticed
something strange. There were abnormal energy
signals in the distance, flashing and sparking, and not
“What’s that?” she asked Calliope, but the ship could
give no answer. “Move us closer to it so the monitors can
show something conclusive,” Tabea requested. “I’ll talk to
She severed her bond with Calliope, trusting the
ship would do exactly as she had asked.
As she returned to the senses belonging to her body,
she rose up quickly and swirled around to Callaghan, a
sudden spell of dizziness almost making her fall over in
the process. At least she didn’t faint anymore after
every merge with Calliope. When she had first
discovered her abilities, that had been a real concern.
Every action had required an enormous amount of
mental energy from a quickly draining pool. However,
like a muscle, she’d been able to train and increase her
endurance with diligent practice.
Callaghan was smiling brightly at her, clearly
satisfied with her results.
“That was splendid!” he called out, but Tabea shook
“There’s something out there.” She gasped, her
breathing and heartbeat rapid.
Callaghan’s demeanor immediately became serious.
“What is it?” he asked, scanning his screens.
Tabea shook her head again.
“We… We don’t know. There are strange energy
signals coming from it, irregular and varying in power.
Callie is bringing us closer to it so we can make it out
Callaghan’s frown deepened.
“Anything on the screens?” he bellowed at the
Maya Glaucia, the arms and defense officer, was the
first to respond.
“I see something, I think. There is an energy focus
ahead of us. It’s inconsistent, but… But it does look like
it’s getting stronger.”
Hammond rushed over to her side.
“Let me see that!”
He glanced over the information on the screen and
“We have to get out of here—and fast!”
Callaghan was quick to react and turned to the pilot,
Kyoko Akari, a short woman with straight, black, chinlength
hair and dark eyes, who was waiting for his
“Get ready for hyper speed backward!”
She nodded and busied herself at the controls.
“It’s a ship,” Calliope informed Tabea. “And it looks
like its core was damaged. It’ll blow up!”
“A ship?” Tabea asked out loud. “Where is it from?”
“See for yourself.”
Calliope pulled Tabea into her systems, facilitating
and speeding up the entry. Using her powers, Tabea
shot energy out through the weapon’s dock, doing her
best not to get in the way of whatever the commanding
officers were doing, and streamed across the empty
space, crossing the distance easily to reach the dying
Connecting with it was easy.
Energy was surging through all its systems,
overpowering them. Tabea was swept along with it.
Even though the energy was almost overwhelming her
senses, Tabea was still able to recognize the
engineering. She’d studied plenty of designs of ships
like this back at the Academy after she’d changed from
the pilot to the engineering track.
She checked the ship’s mainframe. According to the
data log, there’d been a fight recently, a fight that had
left the ship badly damaged and killed all of its crew.
The arms and defense systems had been used
excessively, and the crew had attempted at least two
hyper jumps to escape whatever peril had been coming
for them. They hadn’t even had enough time for a final
captain’s log entry before they’d all perished.
Except not all had perished.
While the ship’s systems couldn’t detect any life left
aboard, Tabea could sense the fine traces of energy. It
was weak, but even so, Tabea recognized the signature
as one belonging to a living being.
Something was tugging at her. The energy pull of
the ship was strong and like a magnet. It tried to draw
her close, absorb her into the quickly growing hub.
She fought against the ship’s suction, releasing
herself, leaving behind only an order: Use every ounce of
power you have left to contain the energy leaks.
She had to get back to the Calliope. She needed to let
Callaghan know. Someone was still alive. Someone
who could be saved and tell them what had happened
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(And just in case you missed it or rely on screenreaders - my secret word is "technomancer".)