by Aimee Ogden
Release Date: April 5, 2021.
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-953736-00-0
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-953736-02-4
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Local Star is a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that's sure to punch you in the feels. It follows guttergirl Triz as she saves her hub from invaders from the Cyberbionautic Alliance, all the while negotiating her rekindled romance with Kalo, her ex who's returned from battle and won't stop hanging around the wrenchworks.
About the Author
Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts, angry princesses, and dead gods. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside, and another novella, "Sun-daughters, Sea-daughters" is available from Tor.com. She also co-edits Translunar Travelers Lounge, a magazine of fun and optimistic speculative fiction. Find her online at aimeeogdenwrites.wordpress.com.
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"Local Star is a romp of a novella, and as such it offers few outright surprises, but its conspiratorial, mystery elements very much work as intended and it deploys its tropes very well. More than that, it's a great example of balancing effective worldbuilding, character beats and an action packed plot at a tasty novella length. Definitely one for sci fi romance fans to look out for!" --Nerds of a Feather
"This is a tightly paced mix of politics, action, family, and romance, as Triz is thrown into the deep end of a conspiracy/jail break that threatens not just her job, her relationships, and her home, but might have dire consequences for the whole solar system. And it’s a story that shines most with its characters and the web of relationships they form. The messy ways that Triz connects to those around her, never quite comfortable, never quite sure of anything even when people are trying their best to reassure her. Because, well, shit happens (and boy does it in this book!). But I like that the focus is on her starting to find ways to connect, to trust, to really believe in herself and stand up for what she wants. The romance is fun and flirty and poly, the action is intense, the plot is twisty enough to stay fresh and interesting, and the whole thing just hits its points and takes its bow. Fast, joyous, and really worth checking out!" — Quick Sip Reviews
"For the most part, Local Star is a fun and breezy read... Nevertheless, there are still fun twists and turns, and there is some real emotional poignancy here, too—particularly in the dynamics between Casne and one of her fathers, and Triz’s role as a surrogate daughter of sorts for Casne’s parents. Triz herself is a prickly, insecure, proud, and compelling character. If you’re looking for a fun read, a sexy space romp—for, as Ogden herself calls it, “a big queer happy space romp,” this is definitely it." --Vanessa Fogg
“Local Star is a heartfelt, heartwarming polyam romance driven by mystery, intrigue and action, whose grease-stained main character works to repair more than just ships. Ogden assembles a universe of complex people and problems, then drills down to a story about love, family, self-acceptance and forgiveness.” — Valerie Valdes, author of Chilling Effect
“A smart, witty exploration of what it means to be a family, Local Star combines the thoughtful humanism of A Closed and Common Orbit with a delightfully quirky setting reminiscent of the best works of Bruce Sterling. For years now, members of the SFF community have known that Aimee Ogden is a writer who can be counted on to deliver insightful stories packed with beautiful, flowing prose. The day after this book is published, everyone will know.” — Robyn Bennis, author of The Guns Above
“I pick up everything I see with Ogden’s name on it and I am never disappointed! Local Star sits in that lovely intersection of the personal and the operatic, hinting at intergalactic-level conflict while remaining deeply wedded to the life and loves of its heroine — a former guttergirl turned ship mechanic who doesn’t meet a problem she can’t barrel through. Sweet and romantic. Highly recommended!” — Samantha Mills, short fiction author
“In navigating familial ties amidst a backdrop of war, Triz carves out a space in a queer community that, despite its far-flung location, rings familiar and true. A dazzling tale of interstellar intrigue, Local Star is beautiful contemplation on what it means to be a family.”— Suzanne Walker, co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes with artist Wendy Xu