Beta Readers

Hey Guys and Girls,

I’ve never used beta readers on my books, not that I haven’t tried. I have encountered people saying they’re willing to read a rough draft, but they never actually got around to it. Maybe you get what you pay for. Since I am a new writer, I cannot pay much.

I thought, now that I have this blog, maybe I could use that to find a beta reader. I recently finished the first draft of a two-volume science fiction series entitled “Thirds.” The perspective of the story is political/socio-economic. In other words, it’s not about rocket ships and rapacious aliens.

Here’s how it goes: humanity has become a space culture, busily exploring the galaxy with those technologies necessary for that. They encounter another space society, and the two begin to become acquainted. The basic political considerations, from each side, seem promising, and the two investigate their prospects for normal relations (cultural exchange, tourism, trade, security alliance, etc.).

However, the other society – the Suranans, of Surana, in the Orion Nebula – are tri-sexual. In other words, their reproductive biology requires that three distinct sexual types coordinate in order to reproduce. This single condition creates a petri dish for racial discrimination and social stratification. Moreover, this condition greatly influences the overall political perspective of each society and thereby affects the robustness and the ability of that society to survive.

And that is what I really like about this story. I can say that without revealing the plot.

So, if that sounds like your cup of tea, let me know. The first draft will not be available for a couple months – I do not release anything without a substantial edit. But if you might be interested, let me know. I would love to have some early comments on the story.

A note: the story will be only in English for the time being, but I am particularly interested in the comments of those for whom English is not their first language. In particular, my writing style tends to be quite simple, and I want to know how it plays for a foreign speaker.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe.

Roger Alan Bonner

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