Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 9

I’m away this weekend, so this episode is early and on the short side (3k words).

A couple of you have mentioned that the descriptions aren’t quite enough to give you a good picture in your heads of the characters. This is something that I will fix in the ‘polishing’ before I publish the book.

In the meantime, at least for Zara, the best images I can come up with need a bit of work. Google some images of Alejandro Alonso. Her hair colour varies, but you’ll see some with black. Zara’s ethnicity is Spanish (Basque) and Chinese. Her face is quite similar to Alejandro. Her eyes are green like Alejandro’s but tilt slightly more. Zara’s lips aren’t quite as full. Her hair is thick, black and straight. At the time of this novel, it’s cut short as a boy’s.


Comments & questions welcome as ever.


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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 book, 'Sleight of Hand' is available on Amazon at

20 responses to “Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 9”

  1. Kris says :

    That is one mean cliffhanger!

  2. azrm says :

    Wow! Now THAT is a cliffhanger!!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Cliffhangers R US. 🙂

      • amper5andrew says :

        Indeed, literally hanging from a cliff. I enjoyed this one, the description of the environment was very engrossing. All I can say is I hope you have a series planned out here, I want to read more about this central character.

        • Mark Henwick says :

          Can’t commit until I have the results. Others have also asked if we’re visiting the Xian Hegemony, for instance, and that wouldn’t be in this book.

          ‘It’s possible’ is all I can say atm.

  3. colleenjc says :

    Each time I saw the word Stetson it pulled me out of the story. It is a brand and would be very surprising to find in the world of your story.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Ooops. Silly me. I’ll change it to a cavalry parade hat or something like that. Thanks for the spot.

    • amper5andrew says :

      Why? some brands become synonymous with what they are. Gasoline is a brand name, Hoover is a brand name, Xerox is a brand name. If this is our world in the far future it’s very possible that people still talk about Stetsons.

      • Mark Henwick says :

        Interestingly, the Mounties’ hat is sometimes called a Stetson.

        Campaign hat, bush hat, slouch hat, parade hat, ranger hat. Dunno. Something like that.

  4. Justin Savely says :

    Wow cliffhanger by a cliffhanger. Well done Mr. Mark. Also the relaxing in the sunshine is well done, really get the feeling of the sun on closed eyes

  5. ptitelau says :

    Yeah! That’s a great Bastille Day for me!
    I’m off today and feeling it’s Friday and here I have a new installment to read. This is a real holiday, thank you very much.

    I like it a lot, I like where it’s going.

  6. Shannon says :

    Should that have been Alejandra Alonso instead of Alejandro? i never realy pictured her with a “Salt and Pepper” beard… 😉

  7. Sarah L says :

    Love it! But crikey what a cliffhanger!!

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