Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 19

Lot of life happening atm which is getting in the way of progress on writing. Sigh!

The daughter is away this weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con (appearing with Finn Jones (Danny Rand in Iron Fist)).

On A Name Among The Stars – I’m going to try and promote it more without actually working on promoting – so I’ve put a teaser as a guest blog on Louise Wise’s site, and I will be serialising it on Wattpad, a site that is set up for serial novels.

Louise’s blog is at
Wattpad is at

To put it on Wattpad, I first need a book cover, so I’ve engaged an artist to produce some original artwork. I hope you’ll like it. I will update Facebook when I have sketches, and when the final is ready, I’ll use it as the main image on this site.

So what’s happening in the story?

Zara’s getting cold feet. She’s so scared of opening up to Duke Tremayne, she’d prefer to face the extradition courts! But there’s another path that might be taken…an off-world job offer… gift horse or golden opportunity?

I often though I would end up writing Science Fiction back when I worked for a living (as opposed to what I do now). Thinking that, I spent time dreaming up cultures and technology of that future world. I dropped some sub-cultures in this episode, just in passing. (They’re not really significant to the story, except to what’s going on in Zara’s head)

‘Deadheads’ are explained in the text, but what do you think are the other sub-cultures mentioned are:

Augs and Modders
Virts and Chemmies
Jackers and Deadheads
Skins, Roids and Erobots

Answers in comments 🙂 Prizes!


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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

10 responses to “Zara – A Name Among The Stars – SciFi Adv/Rom – Episode 19”

  1. wiggiemomsi says :

    It’s a trap , Zara! The job offer is a trap!! 😨

  2. janine orlando says :

    Augmented and Modified
    Virtual Reality and Chemical Dependents
    Jack directly into the brain
    no idea about skins
    e-robot??? no idea either

    any of these even close?

    I am really enjoying this book Mark. Thank you.

    • Ladygeeke says :

      Erobot like erotic robot? I’ve heard sexbots will be the next big thing…

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Janine and LadyGeeke have the flavour of it.

      Augmented and Modified – physical modifications. Augmentation to increase capability; something as isolated as wide spectrum bug eyes or as comprehensive as higher bone and muscle strength to increase overall strength. Modders change physical characteristics for reasons not directly associated with increase in capability – aesthetics or group identification for instance.

      Virts lose contact with reality by living in an electronically constructed virtual world. Even when they interact with reality, their implants overlay interpretations on everything around them. Chemmies achieve the same sort of thing with chemicals.

      Jacked is indeed the electronic interface into the brain described in what happens to Deadheads. Jackers are people who utilize others with the interface, Deadheads are the people used.

      The last section are artificially intelligent robots in approximately human form. If they appear human they are ‘skins’ or ‘skinjobs’. Erobots are skins utilized for erotic purposes. Yup, also known as sexbots. Roids are skins generally used in military, police or other security functions. Skins are highly regulated in most societies.

  3. Robert says :

    After your pairs, especially deadheads and jackers, all I could think of was Roundheads and Cavaliers …
    (Now, I wounder what they would be …)

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