Thursday, November 29, 2018

S.J. Higbee, SF Author!!

This is my final post for this exciting event, hosted by 
Lisa @ Dear Geek Place 
and imyril @!!

For more information, please refer 
to my Announcement Post
for this event!!

As my final post for SCIFI MONTH, I'd like to feature my blogging buddy and SF/fantasy writer, S. J. Higbee! 

Those of you who have participated in SCIFI MONTH have no doubt seen her own posts for this event, if you have visited the Master Schedule, which, by the way, you can find HERE. For those who have yet to do so, however, I am contributing this informative post, as I do think her work is worth delving into, from what I know of it.

S.J., or Sarah Jane, lives in the UK. She was born in the historic market town of Ringwood, in Hampshire, England. According to the Wikipedia article on this town, " is located on the River Avon, close to the New Forest and northeast of Bournemouth. It has a history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, and has held a weekly market since the Middle Ages." (Source: Wikipedia) Sigh....I've always wanted to visit England....

Fridays Cross, Ringwood, England
Photo: Peter Facey 

I met Sarah through her fascinating book blog, Brainfluff (see link below), on which she posts reviews of great SF and fantasy books, and participates in memes such as "Teaser Tuesday", which features quotes, or teasers, from current reads, and "The Friday Face-Off", in which several different covers for the same books are discussed and compared. 

It was fateful that Sarah became a science fiction writer; after all, she was born on the very same day that the Russians launched "Sputnik"! And I think that Ringwood has had an influence on her fantasy side. It's the sort of quaint town that's probably hiding mythological creatures around every corner.

She is the author of the Sunblinded Trilogy, and I LOVE the covers of all three books! I have them all on my Android phone's Kindle app, but I DEFINITELY want to get the printed books! In fact, the first one in the trilogy, Running Out of Space, is also available in a trade paperback edition. I'm crossing my fingers that the other two books will soon be released as trade paperbacks, too!

This trilogy follows the exploits of one Lizzy Wright, who has wanted to be a member of the crew of the merchant ship "Shooting Star" for the longest time....and finally gets her wish. Of course, this book contains a feminist theme, as does the rest of the trilogy. Women should be, and should ALWAYS have been, in space, and it looks like Higbee has envisioned a future in which women fully participate in space adventures just as much as men do.

Sarah has also written short stories and some poetry. She has contributed to two short story collections: While the Morning Stars Sing: An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction, and Eve of War

I'm really looking forward to starting the Sunblinded Trilogy as soon as the new year kicks off! Right now, I'm getting ready for the Christmas season, during which I enjoy reading Christmas-themed books, especially contemporary and historical romance novels.  

I also want to read Sarah's  short stories in both volumes mentioned above. Thankfully, these are indeed available in trade paperback editions.

These are S.J. Higbee's books!

Anthologies S.J. Higbee has contributed to:

S.J. Higbee: Online Links


  1. Fascinating post. Sarah’s books look very good. I also like the covers. I took a quick look at her blog. It looks great. As you know I am a fan of science fiction. I will visit her site again tonight when I have a little more time.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Thanks for the compliment!! The information I got is definitely fascinating! <3 <3

      Yes, indeed they do! And I, too, love those covers!!

      Yes, her blog is great, as well! Her posts are fabulously interesting! She writes about SF and fantasy, and reading her posts makes me want to read more of those two genres!

      Thanks for the lovely comment!! <3 :)

  2. Oh my goodness, Maria! I don't know what to say! Thank you so much for the great feature:)). You must have thought me so rude not to acknowledge your marvellous effort on my behalf! I've not been very well recently, so my presence online has been very limited. And I've only just caught up with your posts... And encountered this! I'm hoping to release the paperback version of 'Dying for Space' before Christmas and 'Breathing Space' in early 2019.

    Thank you so much! And yes... Ringwood is a quaint town with a long history and some of it is quite dark.

    1. Hi, Sarah!'re more than welcome!! <3 <3

      I've had your books on my Goodreads shelves for quite a while now, and hope to get to them in the coming year!! :)

      I didn't think you were rude; I just figured you were pretty busy. Lol. Sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, and hope you do feel better VERY soon!!

      I have a LOT of catching up to do myself!! I've gotten VERY busy with schoolwork, as I've been preparing lots of copies at home, for my regular ESOL class (English for Speakers of Other Languages), as well as my ESOL tutoring class. So I need to not only reply to comments made here on my blog, but also go visit the blogs of the people who have commented, and comment back! So I need to catch up with YOUR posts, as well!! <3 <3

      I'm SO HAPPY to hear that "Dying for Space" will be released in print before Christmas!!! And "Breathing for Space" in early 2019?! SQUEEEEE!!!! YAAAAASSSS!!!

      You are SO LUCKY to have been born in a quaint English town, even if part of its history is quite dark. I think I might have English ancestors myself. I do know that I have Welsh, Scottish, and possibly Irish ancestors, on my mother's side. My maternal great grandfather's name was Henry Kincaid Hughes, and he was from Tampa, Florida. The last name "Kincaid" is definitely Scottish, and "Hughes", according to Wikipedia, is an Anglicized version of Welsh and Irish last names. Maybe that's why I've always been fascinated with England, Scotland, and Wales!! :)

      You're very welcome for the feature, Sarah!! I really wanted to do an interview, but didn't feel that I should impose on your time, as you might be quite busy. So this was the next best thing!

      Thank you SO much for such a lovely comment!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :) :)

  3. Bless you! I really appreciate you taking the time as I know how insanely busy life gets when organising course material.

    Thank you so much for getting hold of all three of my books - I hadn't realised you'd done that! I very much hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them:)

    And thank you for your kind good wishes - I'm off to the Dr on Tuesday to hear back about the results of the blood test, so hopefully I'll soon get some answers. In the meantime, have a love week, Mariax

    1. Hi, again!!

      Awww.....THANKS!! <3 <3

      Yes, indeed, life DOES get "insanely busy" when you're putting materials together for a class, especially when the class is one you've never taught before! :)

      I do have your three books on my Android phone's Kindle app. But, of course, I'm anxiously awaiting the printed editions!! :) :)

      You're more than welcome!! I sincerely hope that the results of your blood test are positive, and that you feel better VERY, VERY soon!! I'll be praying for you!! <3 <3 <3 I'll also check on you through Goodreads!

      Thank you SO much for the sweet, lovely comment!! Hope you have a WONDERFUL week yourself!!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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