LONELY STARS ABOVE
YA Science Fiction
Status: in work
Growing up on a space station housing 98% transients, sixteen-year-old Zora dreams of leaving the German-built Horizont for a world with a real house and a large family. But when she flunks her "Artificial Intelligence & The Law" exam, she'll do anything to delay returning to her quarters and her single mom, Senator Koenig—the Confederation's staunchest AI rights advocate. So when a charming guy begs her to deliver a data foil to a biodroid with a red cap on the hover train, she doesn't hesitate.
Only no one's wearing a red cap. As Zora heads to her quarters, vidscreens play rumors of a plot by Zora's mom to hack biodroid programming and take over the station. But Zora's mom would never do that. Confused, Zora makes it home only to find the place is a wreck. And her mom is gone.
When her emergency call is intercepted by a stranger who tells her she's in danger, Zora flees, assisted by the guy from the hover train station. He says he works for someone known as the Wizard and promises to help find her mom. But he knows things he shouldn't, and soon Zora isn't sure who to trust...or who is even human. And when the data foil leads Zora to a chunk of smuggled code that could free AI from human control, she has to decide: trade the code to save her mom or stop an out-of-control AI from turning the Horizont into a human-free zone.
A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN
Status: completed & polished
When an assassin kills Princess Anh's older sister Mai, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the killer is brought to justice. The mourning period hasn't even reached its end when Mai's betrothed, the king of a country far away, requests that seventeen-year-old Anh take her sister's place as his bride.
Marrying the man meant for her sister would make her feel bad enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Anh believes her chances of learning a new language are slim. She's terrified of life in a foreign land, where she'd be unable to communicate. Then Anh discovers evidence that her sister's assassin came from the king's country. Marrying the king would allow Anh to hunt the murderer and release her family from Mai's spirit, whose thirst for blood mounts every day.
With magical bracelets on her forearms and a dagger strapped to her calf (neither of which she knows how to use), she makes her way to the lush, fern-covered country of her sister's assassin. But Anh hasn't even reached her new home when the first attempt is made on her life. To save her family, Anh must find Mai's killer...before he murders her too.