Guest Post: Starway by Alexis Glynn Latner
Today I’m welcoming to the blog one of my fellow writers from Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3. I’m really proud to be a part of the Pets in Space anthology series because a portion of the proceeds from the first month of sales of Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 will be donated to HeroDogs.org, a charity which helps place specially trained dogs with veterans.
Now, here’s Alexis Glynn Latner to talk about her story from the anthology, Starway…
Some of our space pets are either completely invented or made up of aspects of disparate real-world animals. This includes my previous Pets in Space pets, in 2016 and 2017. Spike was a sparkling little intelligence consisting of electric fields and plasma. Jesse Greenfinger was a genetically engineered mix of genes from cats and morning glory plants. For in Pets in Space: Embrace the Passion, I decided to do something different and came up with a—small dog.
But not just any small dog!
Star is a delicately built little creature with a thick coat of clean white fur and bright black eyes. She is an invented breed of dog. Her owner explains, “Star is a Chivvier, the only breed of dog native to Wendis, descended from a noble breed of Twentycent Earth. It’s inborn into Chivviers to find misplaced things or missing people. . . . Star is a nickname. Her real name is Strelka She is named after a famous dog at the dawn of the Star Age, one of the first dogs sent in a rocket into space.”
Wendis is an interstellar space station where the citizens have a distinctive culture with a fascination bordering on reverence for everything about Earth in the distant past Twentieth Century.
And Wendis has Chivviers.
I modeled that kind of dog after a real breed called the Japanese Spitz. This because Wendis is in part modeled on Japan. Also, Japanese Spitzes, according to my research, sound exactly right for a dog that lives in a space habitat. One source (https://dogloversshow.com.au/directory/breeds/japanese-spitz/) has this to say: The Japanese Spitz has been recognized as a breed for more than 40 years however until 1985 it remained unknown by most people and is still considered one of the rarer breeds. . . . A strong personality lacking in submissiveness, Japanese Spitz are naturally inclined to assume the role of a true protagonist in the family right from puppyhood. Its behavior towards humans reflects a sense of mutual friendship rather than instinctive submission. . . . Described by some as almost cat like, this breed is assertive, quick-witted and very intelligent without the neediness.
Sure enough, as the story unfolds, Star finds a missing person and, fortunately for my heroine and hero, even more than that.
This is Star, drawn by our talented artist Nyssa Juneau.
Alexis Glynn Latner, based in Houston, writes science fiction about space exploration and star travel, adventure, hope and love. Her Website is www.alexisglynnlatner.com.