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THE MERCULIANS by Caro Soles
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Life and death action and intrigue aboard a military space vessel!
A startling command from the dreaded Praetan brings chaos into the tranquil lives of hermaphrodites
Eulio and his lover Orosin. Using the tour of the Merculian National Dance Company where Eulio is a
star as cover, they board the Wellington, a militaristic starship that values nothing they believe in.
Someone is passing secrets about fleet movements and weaponry to the enemies in the Troia, but the
efforts of the two Merculians to unmask the spy only stir up a toxic mix of hatred and violence. Who
will have to die before the Praetan is satisfied? The Danger Dance is a futuristic space adventure with
enough swashbuckling action and intrigue to keep even the most jaded science fiction addict
“A crackerjack SF novel––moving, eloquent, and richly textured. I recommend it highly.” – Robert J.
Sawyer, award-winning science fiction writer
“…a tingling subversity of gender, sexuality and goosebumping excitement. Even better, Soles can
rally write, with wit, sensuosity and depth.” – Perry Brass, author of The Harvest, Angel Lust, etc.
“A well written novel, full of sexual and political intrigue, it grips from the very first page and is
difficult to put down….” – Annette Gisby, author of Silent Screams.
While on tour to the mysterious planet Abulon, the pleasure-loving hermaphrodites of The Merculian
National Dance company are intrigued by the virile patriarchal society they discover there. The
natives seemed friendly enough at first but when the star’s young lover is kidnapped, the Merculians
find themselves plunged into a brutal alien Civil War they are ill-equipped to survive.
has always been safe, most Merculians blissfully unfamiliar with the dark powers that lurk beneath
the surface of familiar things.
The trouble starts when the aliens arrive. Celebrity dancer Triani picks up a mysterious Terran male in
the Pleasure Gardens, and an Ultraati rope dancer dies. Seemingly unrelated, these two events
unleash powerful forces that disrupt the lives of everyone around him. Secrets from his carefully
hidden past boil to the surface, flooding him with fear. When his beloved Giazin is threatened, he risks
his life to save his child. Yet the mysterious group known as the Watchers will not let go. Can Triani
free himself from the grip of these formidable beings or will they force him to betray his human
Caro Soles wrote an opera when she was 10. It was short. In the 60’s she wrote two musicals and a
few other stage pieces. She took part in protest marches and gave up Paarl sherry and California
grapes. With several degrees under her belt, she taught French and Spanish in universities,
community colleges, a few private schools and collegiates. Her only regret is that she didn't have
much time for free love.
In the 70’s, she went all domestic, got married, had two kids, acquired two dogs and threw great
dinner parties. In the ’80’s, she organized fundraising events, did media relations work and sat on the
Board of Directors of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. She also marched in the early Gay Pride Day
Parades, and had her first novel accepted for publication.
In the 90s, she wrote a serialized soap opera under another name. She gave up trying to write
Harlequins and turned out a gay S&M adventure instead, thus becoming a hot item in gay male
erotica circles. Five novels, four anthologies and a short story collection later, along came the dreaded
writers' block. So Caro organized The Bloody Words Mystery Conference. Thus energized, she wrote
her first mystery- The Tangled Boy. Her next, Drag Queen in the Court of Death was short listed for a
Lambda Literary Award
And then came the new millennium! Caro switched from teaching languages to teaching creative
writing. Now that her students could understand her jokes, the classroom was much more jolly. She
has taught writing in Community colleges, Berkeley University and given workshops at such varied
places as the OutWrite Conference in Boston and the Tool Box Leather Bar in Toronto. She now
teaches several courses at George Brown College, appropriately called Writing a Novel 1 and Writing a
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