Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tour of the Universe - Top Thirty Gems of Central Galactic Concordance by Carol Van Natta

Top Thirty Gems of Central Galactic Concordance

Planet: Capet Dedrum "Concordance Prime" (CFW EGSC X02553.61 Y355567.27 ZRA360.56 EEI 201C CM)
City: Spires
Day length: 23.54 Standard hours / Year length: 379 days / Gravity: 0.989 G

The city of Spires is the prime city of Capet Dedrum. More commonly known as Concordance Prime, it is the seat of the Central Galactic Concordance's government. Spires is a gleaming showcase of graceful, artistic curved spires of glass and light and an iconic skyline famous throughout the civilized galaxy.

Spires and the surrounding metroplex is home to 8 million residents and hosts more than 1 million visitors per year. It is a beautiful coastal city with year-round temperate weather and enough rain that rainbows are a common occurrence. The city's environs harmonize with lush local greenery and lively fauna, including over fifty species of birds of paradise.

Tourist attractions include the Central League Remembrance Hall, the unique skyward lotus parks, exclusive 10-star restaurants, such as the galaxy-renowned Fermat's Last Repast, a thriving live performance district, and the city itself. The city's glass roadways, structures, and towers gleam with reflective sunlight during the day, and shine with spectacular programmed light shows at night, earning its nickname as the City of Light.

Visitors have an enviable choice of public transportation options for getting around in Spires, the most popular of which are the transparent skytrams, reminiscent of a thrill ride in some sections. Clear glass pedestrian walkways are plentiful, and all vehicles—ground, low air, and orbital—are well managed through centralized traffic control, making for safe, dependable travel.  The city's space port offers shuttle transportation to the Capet Dedrum Space Station, a key hub for interstellar travel and commerce.

In addition to the High Council of the member planets in the Central Galactic Concordance, Spires is home to the Galactic Court, the CGC Military Command, and the Citizen Protection Service. Weapons are strictly controlled in Spires.

Planet Capet Dedrum was discovered in GDAT 2299 and opened for colonization in GDAT 2355 during the First Wave of galactic expansion. Its Earth-like mass and orbital period, and its thriving post-terraforming ecosystems, have ensured its place as one of the most successful settled planets in the galaxy.

Overload Flux and Minder Rising are the first books in the Central Galactic Concordance science fiction romance series. They can be read in any order, though Overload Flux takes place before the events in Minder Rising. Overload Flux is a 2015 SFR Galaxy Award winner. 

Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel)

The Central Galactic Concordance has been stable for two centuries, but trouble is brewing. A pandemic is affecting hundreds of civilized planets, and someone is stealing the vaccine...

Brilliant investigator Luka Foxe's hidden mental talent is out of control, making him barely able to function in the aftermath of violence, and the body count is rising. The convoluted trail leads to a corrupt pharma industry and the possibility of an illegal, planet-sized laboratory. In the face of increasing threats, he must rely on an enigmatic, lethal woman he just met, but she has deep secrets of her own.

Mairwen Morganthur hides extraordinary skills under the guise of a dull night-shift guard. The last thing she wants is to provide personal security for a hot-shot investigator, or to be plunged into a murky case involving sabotage, treachery, and the military covert operations division that would love to discover she's still alive.

Two more lives in a rising death count won't bother their enemies one bit. Their only hope for survival is revealing their dark secrets and learning to trust one another.

Minder Rising (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2)

In the future, all citizens are tested for minder talents by the Citizen Protection Service.

Injured agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash. He should be back on duty, interrogating criminals for his covert field unit, but his forced planet-side recovery in Spires, the capital of the galactic civilization, brings unexpected benefits when he makes friends with a woman and her son. Imara Sesay, road-crew chief and part-time bartender, with a perfect memory and a knack for fixing things, breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to customers when she asks Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing minder talents.

Unexpected deaths in his field unit make Lièrén suspect he isn't a lucky survivor, he's a loose end. He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe, but when the local CPS Testing Center is entirely too interested in Derrit's talents, Lièrén must make an impossible choice. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?


About the Author:  Carol Van Natta is an independent author of science fiction, including Overload Flux and Minder Rising, the first two books a new science fiction romance series, and Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Find her on Facebook at, and visit her on the web at, where you can sign up for her infrequent but newsworthy newsletter —

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