by Miriam Newman

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To whom does Lela owe her loyalty: her own people or the Thelonian Lord who loves her?

Roger remained, fingers tented, studying his viewscreen at some length after Dervin had gone back to his own office. The Governor had learned to trust his assistant’s judgment. Dervin might be somewhat quick to judge the weak spots in any immigration request, but he had been proven right more than once. Roger did not always make a habit of reviewing such requests so carefully, leaving those matters largely to his assistant. But he was studying the medical records of a woman who had no idea he had them. He doubted she even knew what they were or that they had been obtained while she lay in stasis. That was simply standard procedure, but in this instance, they had been of note.

Her Lord was, in all probability, a firebrand. But that did not so much concern Roger. There were as yet no political divisions to be exploited in his tiny domain. If that Merc energy could be channeled in a positive direction, Caius of the House of Bardin could prove to be an asset.

If, on the other hand, he had inflicted the damages Roger was seeing…well, that was another matter. No woman would be treated that way while he was Governor.



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Why the 12 House? Are there Houses 1 through 11 and beyond?

That’s a good question, which doesn’t have a definitive answer.

The number 12 doesn’t have a particular significance except to indicate that this it the 12th of Earth’s now-many colonies, indicating their spread throughout the known universe. As Lela learns in her interstellar travel, space is so vast that there is no comprehending it and no way back. She realizes that Caius is intellectually and emotionally able to deal with it. She really is not. It is what is going to make it so difficult for her to adjust to Earthers and question if she can remain with them. It is what also makes her cling to him despite the colonists’ covert distrust of his difference.

Earth’s original denizens are gaining in influence. Their superior technology is pushing their boundaries ever further. They have a loose confederation with other colonized planets and do, in fact, call upon them for mutual defense. Yet it is Earth—its space-going population inferior in numbers and fragile by comparison to many of the other species—that is prevailing. Even Caius’s father, light years away from the mother planet, knows their history and has named his son for one of their eternal figures.

Lela has known only her native planet torn by war, and Thelona where she was transported as a slave. That was her entire universe. Now she has to learn to live in a place where freedom must be and is defended.


Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18-year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at

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9 thoughts on “HOUSE OF THE 12TH PLANET by Miriam Newman

  1. I think there's hardly an author who hasn't dreamed of that! Science fiction and historical drama both seem to be big right now and, as for fantasy, just look at my current obsession, Game of Thrones. What a lovely thought.

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