Thursday, November 29, 2007

Writer's First Novel: The Outback Stars

The Outback Stars is a keeper - a book that will stay on my library shelves because it is original and enjoyable. McDonald creates a unique and believable premise - that an Australian astronaut discovers an alien method of star travel connected to aboriginal artifacts - which she skillfully weaves throughout her plot.

Hundreds of years after the discovery, the protagonist and other characters are from planets the Aussie discovered, around a chain of stars which the rest of civilization refers to as the Outback. I was fascinated by the setting, an enormous military ship bringing settlers and supplies and keeping peace among far-flung planets.

The Outback Stars is McDonald's debut novel. With that as her opening standard, I've pre-ordered her next work, The Stars Down Under.


Jaye Patrick said...

An American writing novels set in Outback Australia?

Ah, well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I'll be interested to see if Ms McDonald gets the vernacular right.

Pandababy said...

Thank you for catching that, Jaye - the writer is not an Australian, but an American with an MFA who served in the military. She does setting very well, I think, but the novel is set hundreds of years after the Aussie's discovery, and the protagonist and other characters are not from earth.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice comments! I appreciate it.

It's true, I'm an American writing about Australians (and others) in the future in outer space. In some ways that's a little bit easier than writing about modern-day Australia, because the future isn't going to be like the present.

- Sandra

Pandababy said...

You're welcome, Sandra, and kudos on having a second book published!