Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adventure Romance – Episode 4

Okay, okay, y’all giving me such trouble over the cliffhanger endings. This is a little quieter. 🙂

Comments, please. 🙂 Everyone! I really love to hear feedback on how it’s coming from a readers point of view. And yes, we’re getting to the romance. Not long now.


I have had to remove the episodes I posted here to fall into line with Amazon’s policies on Kindle Unlimited books.

The full novel is available on Amazon:




When I post stories on my blog, they will remain for at least a month after completion.

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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at

16 responses to “Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adventure Romance – Episode 4”

  1. azrm says :

    I’m ready for this to be a book!!!! Nice job Mark!!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thank you!
      I’m enjoying torturing people at weekends, so it will continue. I plan A Name Among The Stars to be book length. Here we are at about 17k words and not yet hit the first major turning point, which is nominally 25%, so definitely 90-100k, which is novel length if not the normal Bite Back length.

  2. wiggiemomsi says :

    OMG! I am totally immersed in this story, and loving every bit of it! What’s not to love about a spunky, intelligent girl, who’s outsmarting the bad guys and making friends with an AI?

    More soon, pleeeze? 😀 😀

    • Mark Henwick says :

      I am doing everything to write quicker on all fronts, and it does seem to be working.

      We’ll see what happens when I get into the tangle of romantic relationships, which is coming soon…

      But has she made a friend of Shohwa, or is it all just logical outcomes of the Xian ship’s self-interest? Unreliable narrators? He he he.

  3. amper5andrew says :

    I’m hooked, I care about what happens to these characters. Normally with serials, I forget about them in the middle and come back when they’re totally done. Of course, you’re sending me an email when you finish an instalment, so I guess I’m going to be reading this one as you write it.

  4. Jon.Gray says :

    Me thinks you are enjoying befuddling we lowly readers as much as we enjoy the befuddlement

  5. Michael Orton says :

    OK, I didn’t think of an early entry to “hyperspace” as a viable escape option, and you did think of my proposed solution and wrote it out.

    I was thinking that an empty life capsule rigged to catastrophically disintegrate as soon as the bad guys scored a fluke critical shot on it, so not only could there be no survivor but no possible evidence of the absence of a casualty.

    It did not occur to me that the Q-ship life capsules would be military grade too and that forensic study of the remains of such would compromise the disguise.

    So that would be two points to you then.

    Not that anyone’s really keeping score.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      I can’t really comment without breaching or bending the spoiler rules… but I shall return at the end and explain in more depth why it *had* to be this way. 🙂

      • Michael Orton says :

        Of course the “spoiler rules” apply, but I look forward to the explanation.
        Unless of course that would wreck “volume 2″…

        Not that we are assuming anything about a such a volume of course, but that means not assuming there won’t be one too.

        It would be even better if you could work the explanation into the plot itself.

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