Finding Writing Inspiration in the Space Race | In the Spotlight Guest Post

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Finding Writing Inspiration in the Space Race

a guest post by S.J. Higbee

Firstly, thank you so much Terri for taking part in the blog tour for Running Out of Space and letting me loose on your site.

Having been a Baby Boomer and growing up at the height of the race to the Moon, I was convinced by the time I was an adult, we would be in the throes of establishing a moonbase and well on the way to Mars. Our teachers told us so. My grandfather was convinced that I would live to see the first building on the moon. Bonanza made way for the likes of Star Trek on TV and we were all set for the next major project into space. And then it all stopped. I sometimes wonder if the well-fed politicians noted all those tight-fitting all-in-one nylon suits everyone wore on shows such as Moonbase 3 and Buck Rogers — then looked down at their protruding bellies and decided to ensure they’d never be seen in such an outfit…

However I was left with a real sense of loss – and when I met my husband and he introduced me to his science fiction collection of books, I knew I’d found my spiritual home. While I also love fantasy, a well-written space opera adventure gives me the tingle factor. So when I came to write my first books, it was science fiction out among the stars.

Elizabeth is the daughter of a merchanting captain and all her life has yearned to train as an officer on the Shooting Star. She has more or less given up on her dream, when at the age of eighteen, her father suddenly agrees to let her serve on the ship. Of course, that means she has to leave her young brothers in the care of their alcoholic mother – but she seems to be okay. Indeed, she encourages Elizabeth to go, reminding her it is the opportunity of a lifetime…

This scenario has taken place some nine months before the opening scene, when Elizabeth is in a much darker place. When that opportunity isn’t looking half so promising. And yes – I recalled job offers I excitedly accepted only to find the position wasn’t anything like as rewarding as had been described. But when thinking about Elizabeth’s frustration, I also remembered that blank sense of shock when I finally realised that whatever else would be happening in my life – I would never get a chance to walk anywhere other than on Earth…

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The Overview

Running Out of Space (The Sunblinded Trilogy#1)
By S.J. Higbee
Genre: Science Fiction, New adult
Release Date: October 11, 2017


Elizabeth Wright has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Shooting Star for as long as she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

I can’t recall whose idea it was. Just that me and my shipmates were sick of wading through yet another unjust punishment detail. So we decide to take ourselves off on a short jaunt to the lower reaches of Space Station Hawking to prove that fertile English girls can also deal with danger.

The consequences of that single expedition change the lives of all four of us, as well as that of the stranger who steps in to save us down in lawless Basement Level. Now I have more excitement and danger than I can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.

About S.J. Higbee

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Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realised the Final Frontier wasn’t an option and rather lost my head - I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t like and married a totally unsuitable man.

Now I've finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing science fiction and fantasy novels while teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing. I’ve had a number of short stories, articles and poems published – the most recent being my story ‘Miranda’s Tempest’ which appeared last year in Fox Spirit’s anthology Eve of War. I recently signed a publishing contract with Grimbold Publishing for my science fiction novel Netted, which is due to be released in 2019.

I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of books. I can be found online chatting about books at my book review blog


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5 responses to “Finding Writing Inspiration in the Space Race | In the Spotlight Guest Post

  1. Thank you for taking part in the tour and giving me the opportunity to write about my feelings around writing RUNNING OUT OF SPACE:))