The last in this season of indie highlights, The Stars Seem So Far Away is published by Fox Spirit Books, a small press primarily focused on fantasy and horror works.
Nora stood on deck waiting for the other ship to come closer. The sails flapped over her head, eager to let the wind take hold. The air was thick with ocean mist. She held her ship steady, never letting the other craft out of her sight.
An old wooden sailing ship, heavy in the sea, it glided towards her, majestic and elegant despite the high waves. The wind strained the massive sails to their limits. People ran to and fro on the deck, adjusting them. She counted five. All men. Shivering, she huddled deeper into her fur coat.
They had not fired at her yet, but she could see the weapons hanging from their shoulders and backs.
Climate change has rendered most of Earth uninhabitable; in the high Arctic, what remains of humanity clings by a thread, struggling to survive around a few coastal cities. Originally a series of short stories, The Stars Seem So Far Away follows the fate of around half a dozen of the survivors. Nora manages alone aboard her ship, sailing between ports, primarily concerned with day-to-day survival and the business of fending off pirates. Simik is of Inuit heritage, determined to reclaim his people’s ancestral lands. Aida and Zaki are young orphans, their town devastated by plague. Bjørg defends a seed vault, raising cloned polar bear-like creatures and wondering how she’ll know when humanity is ready to receive the treasure she guards.