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Great to have THE DIABOLIC author SJ Kincaid on the site today talking about setting as a character! THE DIABOLIC is published 1st November (that’s TODAY!) by Simon & Schuster.

I’m the author of the INSIGNIA series, and the upcoming book, THE DIABOLIC. I could honestly go on and on about world building for these sci-fi novels in the future, but I’ll try to keep this from becoming a novel in itself. They are both sci-fi stories set in the future – one a bit further in the future than now. I’ve found one single element in world-building that is most critical for me: the setting.

I need a place where the action takes place. That’s what gives my imagination the images I need for devising the plot. There is usually one primary location where the majority of the action takes place, and it is almost a character in its own right.

In THE DIABOLIC, the main setting is the Chrysanthemum, the power centre of a vast galactic Empire. The Chrysanthemum itself is a superstructure of 2,000+ interlinked st...

Meet Zen Starling- a boy thief who has attracted attention of the worst criminal in the whole Universe. To save his family Zen agrees to take on a nearly impossible task.

He will travel through many dazzling worlds, meet alien creatures, helpful androids and travel on angry hyperspace trains. 

Zen will risk everything and show us what it is that truly makes us human.

For ages 9+

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