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The Light Years

by: R.W.W. Greene


The captain of a family-owned starship arranges a marriage for her son in hopes of achieving faster-than-light travel and maybe, just maybe, marital bliss.

File Under: Science Fiction[ E=mc2 | Happy wife, Happy life | Marital Bliss | Light Years Away ]


Before Hisako Saski is even born, her parents make a deal on her behalf. In exchange for a first-class education and a boost out of poverty, Hisako will marry Adem Sadiq, a maintenance engineer and self-styled musician who works the trade lanes aboard his family’s sub-light starship, the Hajj.
Hisako is not happy when she finds out about the plan. She has little interest in the broken branch of physics the deal requires her to study, and is not keen on the idea of giving up her home and everything she knows to marry a stranger. Sparks fly when Adem and Hisako meet, but their personal issues are overshadowed by the discovery of long-held secrets and a chance at faster-than-light travel.
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R.W.W. Greene is a New Hampshire USA writer with an MA in Fine Arts, which he exorcises in dive bars and coffee shops. He is a frequent panelist at the Boskone Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Boston, and his work has been in Stupefying Stories, Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, and Jersey Devil Press, among others. Greene is a past board member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. He keeps bees, collects typewriters, and lives with writer/artist spouse Brenda and two cats.

“The toll difficult moral choices take on families is the core conflict of this clever far-future debut from Greene… Sophisticated worldbuilding and diverse, emotionally-resonant characters make Greene an author to watch.”
– Publishers Weekly
The Light Years is a thought-provoking debut from a skilled writer. You’ll be drawn into a credible future of bespoke spouses and lost technologies that questions the human cost of the stars we strive for.”
– E. C. Ambrose, author of The Dark Apostle series
“It’s always exciting to discover a major new talent, but I was astonished by the verve of R.W.W. Greene’s debut novel. With a thriller plot teeming with characters who are true citizens of his far future, he manages to keep this starship adventure real while letting his imagination race faster than the speed of light. The Light Years is one of best novels about the psychological challenges of relativity I’ve ever read. This is what science fiction was invented for!”
James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards.
“Love in the time of relativity. Greene paints a picture of the social complexities of the lightspeed era, with realistic characters navigating interstellar intrigue.”
Dan Moren, author of The Bayern Agenda
“Laced with politics, science, history, poetry, music, greed, hope, and a little Johnny Cash, this character-rich space opera has a well-developed and believable plot that kept me reading from the opening line to the surprising and satisfying end.”
– Kelly Stone Gamble, USA Today best-selling author of They Call Me Crazy

“A tense and moody ride-along on a merchant starship with a corporate family in a far future where being an honest trader is a liability and marriage is about adding a needed skill to the crew, willing or no.  But there is always light to be found in the darkness and great discoveries lurk in unexpected places.”
– Marjorie B. Kellogg, author of GLIMMER

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