Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 4 May 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

I am still absorbing the shock of seeing Jehen again after fifteen years, as long as Martisset yr Astok the Elder served as a starship captain. He retired to pursue clan-politics, which are the politics of Karis and the Inhabited Worlds, and to pursue his scholarly interest in botany. Jehen is only a decade and a half into a lifetime commission or commitment — or sentence.

Martisset the Elder, who’s very old now — old enough to have retired yet again, to scholarly seclusion in his part of the Astok clan-compound on the Great Islands of the Inland Sea — first found that fascination with plant-life not in the bounty of his home-world, but aboard a Ship.

Oh yes, that’s another distinction I should make clear to you: planet-siders, as the Captains and Crew call them, speak of starships. Those aboard them speak of Ships, and the Ship’s-Heart, the ruling intelligence that presides over a council of Artificial Intelligences. A Ship is an ecosystem: parsimonious, elegant, and deeply fragile. Many layers of quarantine separate Planet-Side from Aboard-Ship.


Character interview with the archaeologist and Expedition Chief, Martisset yr Astok, from NaNo 2013, Inside the Jump. Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.

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3 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 4 May 2014 (Character Interview: Inside the Jump)

  1. burnsmillie says:

    Love the flow of the last two sentences.

  2. This is the most amazing world and I just devour these elegant excerpts. SO intriguing! Well done.

  3. caitlinstern says:

    I agree–some lovely lines, especially the last two. Captures so nicely the fragile balance of a habitat trying to keep people alive in the most inhospitable place out there.

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