Dragon Moon Press Continues Gender-Exploring Tradition with a New Science Fiction Novel from Deborah Wheeler
Collaborators: a complex tale of occupation and resistance, conspiracies, rebellions, gender, and power.
We’re pleased to announce the acquisition of Collaborators, a new science fiction novel by Deborah Wheeler. Noted for numerous short stories, two novels, and, as Deborah J. Ross, her continuation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, Wheeler now offers a deep exploration of the gendered gaze and takes the reader behind the eyes of the other, from both directions, in a fast-moving tale of occupation and resistance.
A crippled Terran spaceship makes orbit around Bandar, a planet whose gender-fluid native race teeters on the brink of international war. As misunderstandings mount, violence escalates. Ultimately, it is up to the people on both sides who have suffered the deepest losses to find a way to reconciliation. About Collaborators, acclaimed writer C. J. Cherryh wrote, “This is first-rate world-building from a writer gifted with soaring imagination and good old-fashioned Sense of Wonder.”
“We’re really excited to work with Deborah, and proud to publish Collaborators,” says managing editor Gabrielle Harbowy. “It’s an intimate exploration of power, gender, and sexuality set in a richly-imagined world.”
Deborah Wheeler made her professional debut in 1984 with a series of short stories, followed in 1993 by the novels Jaydium and Northlight. Her work has appeared in Star Wars: Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and many others. Two of her short stories have received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best SF. In 1999, under the name Deborah J. Ross, she began a collaboration with Marion Zimmer Bradley, eventually assuming the mantle of continuing Bradley’s Darkover series. Wheeler lives in Boulder Creek, California. Her website is www.sff.net/people/deborahjross and she blogs at deborahjross.blogspot.com.