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Shen - Beginners Guide

Shen is space opera turned inside out.

You know the usual package - heroic crews man their battle stations. They might encounter strange new worlds, but there's always training and/or experience to help them.

Scrap that. Imagine a ship that launches itself, manned only by its terrified designer. Imagine he knows nothing about the universe beyond his planet. Imagine the ship decides where it will go, and seems to be collecting new occupants. Except you wouldn't call them a crew--that would stretch the definition to breaking point.

Because none of them has any idea what's going on. They just have to do their best. As one of them comes to realise, "Shen is a process, an evolution." It also turns out to be a board game, an invisible Chinese Emperor and an unexpected version of the afterlife.

The first two chapters are currently in the hands of Mslexia Magazine, being judged as part of their 2011 Novel Competition. And, if you scroll to the next entry, you can add yourself to the panel.

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