“Even though our children are beyond our reach now, we have faith that the future will be a better place than what we know. A faith that people had previously placed in the trust of religion and God, we now place in ourselves, in humanity.”
A Great War has ravaged the Earth and left humankind a shadow of its former self. Faced with the mortality of their race, those who remain press on with a new found humility and strive for equality in their drive to advance the species. Hope lies on the frontier for humanity as new technologies and a profound discovery push them out into space. The chance to begin again is at hand, but will the old fears and the old ways return and hamper mankind’s progress once again? Two girls, the seed of humanity’s greatest aspirations, must find the courage to choose.
“Yen Ooi’s sci-fi debut has the charm and simplicity of a fairy tale, but its scope and its emotional depth will surprise you. Big ideas in a small bottle.” Mike Carey
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction, especially the classics, and I found that the fictional worlds and ideas are a great platform to discuss serious issues that affect our world and lives. I wanted to talk about the issues of humanity’s core characteristics and problems, but I wanted it in a book that is simple to read. I hope that I’ve managed that with Sun: Queens of Earth.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The entire book started from the idea of one of the main protagonists, Maaike. She was inspired by a good friend of mine, who is always kind, and is, to me, the perfect mother. I think she’s beautiful too, and the first scene I wrote for Maaike was the scene that Sun recalls in the book. I hope that Maaike brings across the possibility that love is more than just attraction. Love is limitless.
When I was born, humanity was rich with two planets and a satellite that we called home, an abundance of resources and a rich history that we thought would provide us with enough intelligence and experience to deal with whatever life threw at us. What we did not realise was that it was just the beginning of another epoch in our Solar System. We dreamt of better technology, of starfaring capabilities, of first contact, but we never believed ourselves to be anything but superior. We never understood anything other than the selfish urges of being human—not even understanding humanity as a whole.
My parents, Horace and Magdalena, worked on Moon, on Near Side, where they had also conceived me. Wanting to provide me with the best they could, they placed me in the best care affordable. I was moved to the nearby planet, Kagami, and they went to Earth where they spent the rest of their lives working with Coughin machines. I never really knew them save for the letters they sent as I was growing up, which I am very grateful for. I realise now that it was more than many of my friends had in a world that was starting to crumble under its own weight.
I live on Earth now with my best friend, the love of my life, my partner, Maaike. Humanity has shrunken to occupy only this planet again, with Moon abandoned and Kagami out of our reach; a regression of sorts. There is much chaos around here, but Maaike and I are surprisingly calm. Even though our children are beyond our reach now, we have faith that the future will be a better place than what we know. A faith that people had previously placed in the trust of religion and God, we now place in ourselves, in humanity.
My name is Sun.
Creator . Thinker . Do-er
Yen Ooi started writing as an outlet for her wild imagination, which was instigated by her appetite for books ever since she was young. Having had a vibrant career in music touring, education and project management, Yen put her skills to writing stories since 2008, producing speculative, fantasy and science fiction in various guises. She shares her short stories, poetry and blog on her website yenooi.com and is featured in various anthologies. Yen is a BSFA member, and a member and panelist of Worldcon. She shares her home and writing lair in London with her patient husband and two mischievous cats. Yen’s debut novel, ‘Sun: Queens Of Earth’ is now available from all good online bookstores.
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