Welcome to JJ’s Galactic Musings

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...

Icarus Chapter 2: Excursion

Excursion Snow 0.27 Xathen standard years earlier Taylor could feel the snow crackle under her feet as she took another step forward in the darkness. Overhead, the light of far too few stars shone faintly as if obscured by dark clouds, but the sky was clear, the pinpoints of...

Icarus Chapter 1: Star Killer

Star Killer Cautioned not stray too close to the sun, Icarus soared high into the sky on wings fashioned of wood, wax and feather that he might escape his earthly prison. Giddy with the freedom of flight, Icarus soared ever higher, and perished as the wax melted away… ~...

Intercession Chapter 5: Best laid plans

Best laid plans Industry “That’s a lot of Illiya and Aarden, a lot more than ten of each,” said Taylor as she watched scores of Illiya and Aarden unload the lander by an Asook grove, directed by Sax and Samook. They had disassembled the lab and brought it here,...

Intercession Chapter 4: Plan of action

Plan of action Jam Taylor sat between Char and Samook at the head of the long table, waiting for the Aarden to arrive. Besides the seven Elders, Daax and themselves, eleven chairs sat empty around the table, waiting for the Aarden. Taylor had checked on the Aarden’s progress with...

Intercession Chapter 3: What was once here

What was once here Recovering the cubes After a good, long lie-in and breakfast in bed, Taylor sat up and pushed away the blanket. She looked over at the computer that her mother had left behind, sitting on top of a stack of crates. It had done nothing but...

Intercession Chapter 2: Take a deep breath…

Take a deep breath…  Family planning “So what does a father do?” Char frowned. Taylor propped herself up on an elbow and smiled at her mate. She gently traced a finger along the small ridge on his bare green head, triggering a faint rainbow shimmer across his skin. “Fathers...

Intercession Chapter 1: Watcher

Watcher A girl and her pet A pale, slender hand rose to meet a narrow chin in the darkness. A soft tinkling could be heard as the owner of the hand leaned in towards the bright image hovering above a low, flat table. The tinkling stilled and was replaced...

Incursion Chapter 5: Valley of the Aarden

Up the creek Lighten the load They left Heather and struck out straight towards the river. They had tried talking to her again before they left, but she was unresponsive. They talked little as they walked, each lost in their own thoughts about the meeting with Heather. They reached...