Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent.
For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom.
But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.
Catherine Asaro is a scientist (Ph.D. from Harvard), a jazz and ballet dancer and a writer of science fiction and fantasy. The author of twenty-five novels, she is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella ”The Spacetime Pool.“ She is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel,” and she has won numerous other distinctions.
Catherine also has two music CD’s out. The first, Diamond Star, is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, performed with the rock band, Point Valid, and the second is Goodbye Note. She performs at clubs, cons and other venues in the US and abroad, including as the Guest of Honor at Context, the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention.