Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds.
The Taylor Neeran Chronicles are my first fictional exploration into this interesting galaxy that we inhabit, and the possibilities that lie just beyond our reach in a not-too-distant future.
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of influence one human female could possibly have on this galaxy of ours and its future history, read on!
But first – who am I, exactly?
Born in Canada five decades ago, I currently live in the beautiful country of New Zealand with my wife and three boys, where you’re never more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the South Pacific ocean, and smog is almost unheard of.
Down under and far, far away from everywhere else.
You don’t have to go very far to get a clear view of the starry night sky, where the Milky Way is so bright that it looks like pearls of light set in glowing clouds, streaming across the ceiling of the world.
It’s hard not to imagine life out there with such a full sky. Of such skies are stories born, going back to the dawn of humanity on this spinning orb. Stories of gods and monsters, mythical beasts and more have enriched our past and set us searching the skies.
The Taylor Neeran Chronicles are set in a small part of our galaxy – the Orion Spur, which is (only) roughly 20,000 light years across. It bridges the gap between the Sagittarius Arm and the Perseus Arm, an aberration in an otherwise perfect spiral galaxy. In such in-between places does life arise, and Earth is one such place. But we are far from alone, and where lines cross, there is conflict…
In the newsletter I plan to explore the galaxy with you, looking at both science fact and fiction, and of course Taylor Neeran’s place in it all. From time to time you’ll see book promotions where the Taylor Neeran Chronicles and the story galaxies of other Sci-Fi authors are available for free, or at a discount.