The leaders of the Eubian empire and Skolian Imperialate have survived political intrigue, military coups and murder attempts as they worked to forge a peace treaty between their two empires. Now comes the hard part – making the treaty a reality.
Assassins are poised on both sides. Their mission: eliminate the leaders for the "crime" of striving to end half a millennia of hatred between empires. And as the main players in the peace process attempt to navigate the Byzantine convolutions surrounding the negotiations, an explosive pop anthem, Carnelians Finale, sweeps across three civilizations, its message inflaming passions. The violence escalates and militaries on both sides are called forth. The hope: to keep both empires alive long enough so that their rulers might somehow achieve peace at last.
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.