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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Diane Burton's Mission To Earth - background and #contest

It's always a pleasure to welcome a fellow SF romance writer to the Flight Deck. I've just read this book and can thoroughly recommend it as an entertaining and realistic vision of what life for future pioneers, about to embark on a voyage to colonise a new planet might be like.  It's not only a great read, but food for thought as well. I think we should all be concerned about global warming and the way we have treated our planet.

I asked Diane to  give us some background about how she came to write 'Mission to New Earth'.  Enjoy her post, and the excerpt from the book - and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter contest at the bottom of the page.  

Background to Mission to New Earth:

I’ve often wondered what it would take for space exploration to move faster. Blame it on Star Wars and Star Trek. Those movies assumed we would go into space. That we would explore not just our solar system but beyond.

Although many people do not believe in global warming, I think it’s coming, along with over population plus the results of all the awful things we’re doing Mission To New Earth.
not just to the earth but to the air and water around us. I worry about what we’re leaving our children and grandchildren. Perhaps we’ll all pitch in and do more than our part to prevent the catastrophes that play a part in my science fiction novella,

Like most writers, I begin with a thought and then ask “what if…” This story was originally a short story I wrote for a holiday anthology on The Roses of Prose blog, titled “Christmas in Space” that I more than tripled in word count.

I’ve been fascinated by the Mars One project, a commercial venture to put people on Mars. I found the concept of starting off on a one-way trip to discover a new world intriguing, if not a little scary. I loved the characters in that short story so much that I had to find out more about them and their journey. What would motivate people to leave everything and everyone behind to set off on a one-way trip? All six of my characters have their reasons, and their secrets. The question is whether they’ll find a new home in time.

Mission To New Earth: a novella
By Diane Burton
Genre: science fiction romance
Release date: August 31, 2016
Length: 88 pages (25k words)


Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?

Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.


As we followed, Marsh strode across the corridor to the left. The only private place down there was a lavatory. Not my favorite destination for a team meeting. But beggars couldn’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.

“We screwed up again,” Marsh announced as soon as the five of us joined him. His voice echoed off the hard surfaces. “In RT, it could kill us.”

“You and your damn RT,” Tom spat out. “Why can’t you just say real time like a normal person?”

Marsh shot him a look, one I’d hate directed at me.

Military background evident, he stood in the middle of the area near the showers, his feet wide apart, hands clasped behind his back. The others were more casual. Bill held up a white-tiled wall across from the showers. Ana and Gloria sat on a fake wood bench. Meanwhile, I crossed my arms and leaned against a sink. I tried to look casual even though my nerves were strung tight. We had to be ready for the launch. Earth was dependent on us.

All of my team, except Tom and Marsh, wore hang-dog expressions. At forty, Tom was the oldest on the team and a damn fine pilot. His red face and mutinous expression as he confronted Marsh belied his usually even-keeled manner.

“You’re exaggerating, Rayburn.” That was more than angry. Tom was defiant. “You always exaggerate. Worst case scenario? Is that all you think about?”

I’d never seen Tom so worked up. Gloria walked over to him and rubbed his shoulder. Usually in stressful times, her gentle caress calmed him down. Not now.

When he shrugged off her hand, I caught the hurt in her eyes.

“C’mon, Bill. Back me up on this.”

Bill held out his hands in a don’t-get-me-involved gesture. He was our engineer, both formal and practical. He could fix anything from wonky engines to food replicators.

Tom turned to me. “Sara?”

I knew that was coming. I tried to let my team work things out by themselves. Soon we’d be living in close confines, not just on the ship but on our Goldilocks planet. If we couldn’t live in harmony during training, we would be in deep trouble once we reached our final destination. We’d be in even worse trouble if we couldn’t work out our differences here. Marsh was right to pick the only place that wasn’t monitored. We absolutely didn’t want the directors to think we weren’t a well-functioning team.

They could pull us and put in the Shadow Team. Our replacements.

“Okay, guys, what did I miss?” With a forced grin, I raised my right hand. “I swear I wasn’t dreaming about a day at the beach during the sim.”

About the Author:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

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Thank you Diane, it was really interesting reading about you and your book!
Hywela Lyn

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  1. I think it would be very exciting. Yes, I'd buy that ticket.


    1. Come on along, Mary. It sure would be exciting.

  2. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by - yes it would be so exciting wouldn't it - bit scary too though.

  3. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lyn. And thanks for your lovely comments about my book. I didn't intend to "preach" about possible disasters in my story, but it did make me think, and I hoped readers would, too. For me, the story was about Sara and her 5 companions as they prepared for their trip. Their fears, worries, excitement, anticipation.

    1. It's lovely to host you, Diane. I don't think you 'preached' at all, but I certainly felt the concern and sorrow for what we're doing to our planet in the thoughts and actions of the characters. I think, as writers, if we can make readers think a little about the underlying message in a story, that can only be a good thing. I agree that the characters are what make the story so interesting, and you managed to make them real for the reader. The novel is not only entertaining and a great read, but thought provoking as well!

    2. Thanks, Lyn. That's what I hope readers would get from my story.

  4. The premise for your book does make me stop and think. The excerpt is great. Best of luck.

  5. I would love to visit another planet, what a grand adventure.

    1. Hi Beth Ann. You're right, it would certainly be thrill to visit another planet, a real step into the unknown, but so exciting!

    2. Beth Ann, let's go. :) Although I'm not sure I could leave my family behind. Now maybe if I could take them too . . .

  6. I love Diane's writing style and voice. I haven't read her SciFi titles yet, but I love the premise of this story.

    1. Thanks, Leah. I'm glad you enjoy my contemporaries. I enjoy being able to write in different genres.

  7. Hi Leah, if you've enjoyed Diane's other books I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks for the endorsement, Lyn. Maybe I should hire you to be my publicist. :)

  8. I would probably not go to another planet. I'm content on Earth.

    1. Staying put is okay, too, Jeanna. You can visit another planet vicariously through reading. That's why I do.

  9. No. Not a one way ticket. I like to keep my options open. Lol.

  10. Hi Jeanna, thanks for your comment, nice to know you're happy where you are! :)

  11. Hi Emily. Thanks for stopping by - I have to admit there is a lot to be said for keeping one's options open, LOL.

  12. I have no interest in Mars. I appreciate the four seasons and changing weather and especially rain. I like nature/plants and animals and there are none there.
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  13. Hi Sue - I agree, I love nature, plants and animals too, and sadly I have to agree Mars doesn't have these - but Diane is talking about colonising another planet if we could no longer live on Earth, and to support human life without setting up artificial conditions, it would have to have similar conditions to those on earth - so you could still have nature, plants and animals, plus changing seasons. (Unfortunately we haven't found such a planet in real life yet, so it's up to we SF writers to invent them! :) )

  14. Hi Sue - I agree, I love nature, plants and animals too, and sadly I have to agree Mars doesn't have these - but Diane is talking about colonising another planet if we could no longer live on Earth, and to support human life without setting up artificial conditions, it would have to have similar conditions to those on earth - so you could still have nature, plants and animals, plus changing seasons. (Unfortunately we haven't found such a planet in real life yet, so it's up to we SF writers to invent them! :) )


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