Jeff Kozzi: The Renegades
|This is my main work of science fiction, an ambitious project of epic length in the traditional galactic empire sub genre. From its first time into the mail to an editor's desk, this work has garnered professional praise and remark, but its length and complexity make it a tough sell as a first book, although I did have it under agreement as an e-book before the company that had bought it fell victim to the continuing dot.com bust.|
|The episodic novel has two subdivisions. The first and more basic is separation into parts divided by the world in which the main group of characters is fighting on. The second and later subdivision is a more artificial division for marketing purpose. With my fourth draft of the novel, the first that I had added a lengthy prologue to, I documented the actual rise of this galactic empire as a political maneuver by a twelve-world empire into a force that cuts a swathe across most of the Sivil Galaxi. There's still backstory--the twelve world Blakkarrion Empire had executed a series of assassinations on worlds with monarchial succession in order to bring a group of younger and theoretically more influential rulers to key worlds Shalhoon, Shelswun and Pixe. The Blakkarrions already have the weaponry needed to start the war; what they need from the Sentral Sistem is the apparent legitimacy of their operation. They succeed in large part, but their failure is based on Shelswun, where each new ruler gets further embroiled in Shelswun's class wars to be of any use, and Shelswun ends up with Bolas Scharo, a monarchal governor who should never have been on the thrown, and thus had not actually been groomed throughout childhood for the post. Bolas had married Veronika, a woman from the proletariat. His sympathies with the proletariat put him at odds with the aristocracy, making him the most popular and least effectual governor in Shelswun history. Bolas is lost early in the book, but not killed. The remainder of the first part documents the continued rise of the Kajerist-Blakkarrion Empire against small, ineffectual resistance groups that rise against it.|
|Bolas' return in the second part shifts the resistance into high gear, but his concentration is not on ending of the war. More important to the character is finding his wife and answering questions about the son she bore less than a year after Bolas' disappearance, Blane Kajer, heir apparent of the throne of Shalhoon, and by extension, the entire Kajerist-Blakkarrion Empire. I manage to check any glorification of war; the story is about identity and dedication.|
|In many ways, The Renegades is at its core a father-son drama, especially thematically. Bolas' resurgence to life is achieved through his son, and a bond of immediate and unconditional love is formed between them. Then, Blane "grows up" throughout the tightly paced novel. He begins to prefer the company to his friends than to Bolas, and a rift develops when (for very good reason that he will not share with Blane) Bolas weighs in his disapproval of the relationship between Blane and Domenika.|
|For ease in navigation, this page links to the marketing subdivision of the novel, The Rise of the Kajerist Empire, The Dekline of the Kajerist Empire, and The Fall of the Kajerist Empire. There are no space breaks within chapters; each is its own scene. I developed this style for two reasons. The first is disk space and related issues like limiting losses if a track on disk goes bad. The second is the scope of the Renegades. Each chapter has its own title. With a project like this, it is easier for a reader to find and reread a section that had introduced or foreshadowed an even later in the story. Going by a title relevant to the contact makes that easier than say, finding the first introduction of Strider in The Lord of the Rings when you're in the second part of The Two Towers. The working version of the story was originally written on an Amstrad word processing computer, a nifty devise that used 3-inch--not 3 1/2-inch--disks, necessitating a scan-and- conversion process that, after The Rise of the Kajerist Empire, reasonably took a back seat to newer, potentially more marketable projects such as Teletrial and The Bedross Ambush.|
The Sivil Galaxi link will provide detailed information about my fiction universe, including a timeline of some of the plotted history and illustrations. The timeline is a work in progress, and what appears here is edited from reference material I use to keep internal consistency between chapters, books, and/or stories.
|Check out the acknowledgment given for this book!|