RIME by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a multiple British Fantasy Award winner, is his science fiction space opera novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This is a newly-written original novella, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This story is set in deep space on a generation sleeper colony ship escaping the devastated Earth in search of a new home, which encounters strange and potentially hostile alien forces along the way, forcing one of the crew members to make a harrowing decision.
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Adrift in space, a gigantic freighter, Cradle, carrying seventeen million souls makes its slow journey across the universe.
They are in search of a new home, a ‘Goldilocks’ planet to sustain human life after the decimation and downfall of planet Earth.
One man, a control room tech, is part of a generation destined to live their lives protecting those of the sleeping millions onboard Cradle.
But soon, everything is about to change…
When Cradle encounters five unknown entities flying just beyond its radars, the ship’s AI calls for caution. Comms go down across the gargantuan ship, cutting the tech from the millions of other souls under his watch.
Those in cryosleep don’t realise the danger they are in. Their lives are in the balance.
And the alien ships are fast approaching…
Now this lonely technician must make his decision: will he stand his ground, and risk the lives of millions?
Or is it time to admit that humanity has strayed too far into the unknown?
Mankind’s fate is in his hands. Soon, the consequences of his actions and the message he bears will be felt for generations to come…
RIME is a gripping sci fi novella, retelling the harrowing tale of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner against the indomitable backdrop of deep space.