They chose the most violent planet they could find capable of sustaining human life. They stranded thousands of criminals in different habitats, each group genetically modified to survive. The world was up for grabs, winner take all. When the project was abandoned, the scientists pulled out. The civilization that evolved in the intervening centuries is like nothing youíve seen before. Planet Ds...the only place in the galaxy where slavery isnít a law, itís an instinct.
Tier One - Cluster One
The planet reminded her of Starling, her home world—blue green in the middle, red at the poles. It had both a breathable atmosphere and plenty of fresh water. It wasn’t listed on the charts, most likely because its inhabitants had never developed space flight. Still, it was similar enough to her home world that it brought her some small degree of comfort.
“At least I’ll die in a familiar setting.”
“Don’t speak of such things, Marissa. You’re not going to die.”
She looked up at Kenreth or rather what was left of him—tall, muscular, not quite blond, not quite real.
“That’s easy for you to say. You’ve already taken the plunge into darkness.”
“I don’t remember dying.”
“But I remember.”
And she did...every agonizing detail of it. When the ID engines exploded, Kenreth—her partner, her lover, her best friend—had been killed instantly. She’d watched it on the monitor over and over, the last minute of Kenreth’s life. The event’s duration was a single second but she slowed it down, made herself sit and watch. She took comfort from the fact he hadn’t suffered...that he wasn’t stranded on a ship with no interstellar drive and no communications. That he wouldn’t have to spend his last hours in doubt and fear. Kenreth had died, but of the two he was the lucky one. Marissa Twelve would die slowly over the weeks and months to come, first from the pain and shock of losing her lover, then from fear, and finally from boredom.
“Marissa, you speak as if there is no hope. The landing sequence may work. There’s no way to know until you try.”
“And if it does, I’ll be stranded on some uncivilized planet in the middle of nowhere. No one will ever find me. I’ll be alone for the rest of my miserable life.”
“You won’t be alone. You’ll have me.”
“I don’t want you! You’re a hologram, a recording, a smart program, nothing more. Your very presence mocks his memory.”
The look of pain in the hologram’s dark blue eyes was all too familiar.
“Fine. I know when I’m not wanted.”
With those words, he vanished.
Marissa counted to ten and drew a deep breath.
“Come back, Kenreth. I’m sorry. I’m under a lot of pressure.”
She paused but nothing happened.
“Come on, Kenreth, don’t do this. In less than four hours I’m going to be dead, just like you.”
Again no answer.
“Please, Kenreth. I don’t want to die alone.”
But Kenreth was gone, and it looked very much like Marissa Twelve would die alone after all. She checked her instruments again, and spoke once more though she didn’t expect an answer.
“I love you, Kenreth, but hadn’t planned on joining you quite so soon.”
As if in response, the lights in the ship’s small bridge dimmed. The viewscreen changed again, showing yet another view of the world she was too rapidly approaching.
It really did look very much like Starling.
This is an erotic science fiction serial, but in typical Nage fashion, the sex is not added for just the scenes alone, the extremely hot sex is part of the story—the plot. This serial has me addicted and waiting impatiently for the next installment every time. If you enjoy a well thought out erotic science fiction, fascinating characters, and imaginative storylines laced with intrigue and some of the hottest sex scenes you can read, Planet D/s is for you. I can’t recommend this story enough I totally love it!!
Reviewed by Lyonene, Enchanted in Romance