Underground Movement

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Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions (inches): 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall

This is a short novella and supplemental title that slots into The Quantum Series between book 6 and 7 (designated 6.1). To read more about the settings and characters of this series, visit About The Quantum Series and Characters & Plot Devices. To find out about Christina Engela’s main writing focus, read No LGBT Stereotypes Here! To get a better idea of what this story is about, read What Readers Can Expect In “Prodigal Sun”, “High Steaks”, “Fortitude” & “The Last Hurrah”.

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“The small backwater Terran colony Deanna – generally known as an idyllic tourist-magnet (if watching birds flying backwards were your thing) had just hit a speed-bump on the highway of Life called the Deannan Un-civil War. With a fascist army in charge, Deanna needed a resistance movement. Badly.

In the face of this obvious shortcoming, the daunting task of starting a resistance movement from scratch fell to one Marla De Bris – who despite looking unusually youthful, healthy (and alive) for someone who had nigh on 200 years experience in being a vampire – didn’t have terribly much experience in this sort of thing. Guerrilla warfare had never been one of her interests – but oh well, someone had to buy time for the militia to prepare to take on the formidable fascist army – and to get as many people as possible out of harms way. It might as well be her.

The already familiar regular characters in “the Quantum Series” continue their adventures in this latest book!”

Engela’s latest work is packed with humour, challenging ideas, and science-fiction on a grand scale. It transports readers to a truly original world, filled with bizarre and memorable characters. It tackles social issues while reading like a Terry Pratchett, with some western and sci-fi elements to boot.” – Matthew ‘Sand-Storm’ Fick.

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“Underground Movement” is a short novella and supplemental title that slots between book 6 and 7 (designated 6.1) in The Quantum Series by Christina Engela – a writer described as “that rarest of authors – able to seamlessly blend together elements of dark horror and sci-fi to create stories that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.” (Mark Woods, author of ‘Time of Tides’ and ‘Fear of the Dark‘). Her writing in the sci-fi genre has been described as “one of the most unique and captivating styles I’ve encountered in science fiction.” (Alex S. Johnson, author of The Doom Hippies.)

Of her characterizations, Sarah Rutledge Fischer of Focus Mid-South Magazine said “Like many of us, Engela has been frustrated with the representation of LGBT characters in mainstream fiction, where gay characters are often nothing more than superficially portrayed plot devices or worse, the object of satire and ridicule. Engela’s work breaks the trend. In her stories, a gay man may be the anti-hero or villain, but not because he is gay. A transwoman may fall in love with a cisgender straight man, and their relationship doesn’t revolve around her gender identity. LGBT characters, in Engela’s work, follow narrative arcs that occasionally intersect with their sexual or gender identity, but are more often driven by the human characteristics shared by all people—hope, fear, ambition, humor, and love.

Set immediately after the sixth novel (“High Steaks”) “Underground Movement” continues the saga of the ‘third rate’ Terran colony on the planet Deanna, and the diverse characters the reader has no doubt by now become familiar with. Old familiar faces rub elbows with brand new characters in “Prodigal Sun”, some heroes, and some villains. Readers will already know the vampire Marla De Bris, and of course remember Fred the Arborian. Some other familiar faces will feature in this story, such as villain Brandon Carver – and who could forget the terrifying Sergeant-Major Krant? This story sees the reintroduction of another character from “Loderunner” – the small-time gang-boss Giggling Harry, who turns out to be an unexpectedly heroic figure.

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The story so far:

The narrative begun in “Prodigal Sun” and continued in “High Steaks” continues in “Underground Movement”, which spans the weeks between the end of “High Steaks” and the next full-length title, “Fortitude“. Troubled times have come to the small backwater Terran Colony planet of Deanna, as the story goes – and having amusing names for its sun (Ramalama) and two moons (Ding and Dong) have not made the people of this quaint little world immune to bad things – not even having a small moon famous for falling down occasionally… and bad things are afoot indeed.

A powerful and very well organized, er – organization has taken over the colony in order to wrest it away from the Terran Empire! The fascists have an army, which immediately sets about targeting and rounding up minority groups on Deanna – LGBT folks, local aliens – typically Jim-waian’s – and it begins to get uglier. As the fascist DSL and their paramilitary wing, the Deannan Republican Army (D.R.A) work to consolidate their hold on the sparsely populated planet, undesirables are sent to a concentration camp called “Xanadu” which has been set up between the three largest cities on Deanna – Atro City, San Fedora and Fortitude.


As the cordon of darkness begins to goose-step its way across the landscape of Deanna, and as the chain of events described in the Anals of History (no, not a typo) prepare the heretofore pleasant and peaceful colony for a thoroughly unpleasant setting for the Deannan Un-civil War, one of Deanna’s most famous sons – Gary Beck (a.k.a. Beck the Badfeller – the bounty hunter whose reputation has it he was so good he could find the missing day in a leap-year) and his fiance’e Cindy-Mei Winter (former agent of the Colonial Intelligence Agency) are unwittingly enlisted by the Time Saving Agency to help smooth things over and get it over with as quickly as possible.

With the rescue of the ousted Governor Landry and his staff accomplished, Beck and Winter – now unofficial Time Saving Agency deputies – use their new capabilities to gather volunteers for the Skeggs Valley Dynamite Fishing Club Deannan Militia. It will take some time for the treachery of the D.S.L. to be discovered, and for the Empire to send a task force to liberate Deanna, so it is up to General Smythe (recently un-retired) to unseat the fascists and rescue the inmates of Xanadu before it is too late.

Marla De Bris is a young vampire lass of just 20 going on 200, who while acting on behalf of the Deannan vampire community Council, has just outed the entire Vampire Underground to Governor Landry and General Smythe – with the aim of achieving co-operation between Mundanes and Vampires in defeating the fascists – who also have vampires on their list. To this end, she is tasked with establishing an underground resistance movement – which is basically where “Underground Movement” starts off.

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