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A story of adaptation and tolerance, twelve light years from the Earth.. 

Home: SciFi Novella Released 9/2012

Home: SciFi Novella Released 9/2012

A thought-provoking story in a scifi setting, told from the surviving journals of one of the colony leaders. Forty-two teachers, scientists, engineers and their children, have just completed a twelve year deep-space journey to escape the war and drought ravaged Earth. A carefully selected band of hardened survivors, they are to be colonists on the planet Nakis. Lying at the edge of the galaxy, it’s a new world that they hope will let them build a safe life together. Unfortunately, within two days, their ship, all their supplies, tools and technology are destroyed in an unforeseen melt-down of the crystalline core of their laser-driven vehicle. As they scramble up to take shelter in a rough cave above the valley floor, those watching the melt-down find that survival will mean resurrecting the ancient technology and forgotten skills of their Paleolithic ancestors.

If dodging the lurking predators isn’t hard enough, soon they discover the uninhabited planet they are marooned on, isn’t exactly uninhabited. Nakis has not provided the home they had willingly traded their old lives for. They have been reduced to foraging for subsistence. No strength, no defenses and now: powerful, potential enemies waiting in the darkness. If lasting peace with the native humanoid species eventually comes, it will not be without incidents that try their empathic hosts’ patience. Rigid, bunker-mentality and religious stubbornness prevails among many of the original mission founders and a growing anger emerges that may doom the human colony. But a breakthrough cooperative experience binds them all together in a completely unexpected way from a source no one considered. Will this illuminate their path to finally finding the home they had hoped for, or will it drive a deeper and darker wedge between them and the Naku?

Recent Reviews for Home:

fivestars_smArriving at Home

Reviewed by popular science writer, Brian Clegg

 I don’t get to read a huge amount of fiction any more, which is why it is particularly enjoyable when I do. At the moment I’m drifting back towards science fiction, which I had abandoned for quite a while, and had an enjoyable weekend with Richard Sutton’s Home.

I thought to start with this was going to be a typical ‘stranded in space/revert to savages’ type novel, but in fact Home is much more about what it is to be human, and what it would be like to be dependent on a largely superior race. As someone brought up on Star Trek, I thought Sutton’s humanoid and interbreeding aliens were very reminiscent of the Star Trek humanoid universe, complete with its explanation of early shared origins – and I don’t say this as a bad thing.

Home is a gentle, enjoyable read. If anything it could have done with a bit more menace, but because a lot of it is about inner exploration (I was slightly reminded of Heinlein’s early inward looking phase, before he got too self-indulgent), this isn’t a problem.

Overall this was a very enjoyable book, that would appeal to anyone who likes thoughtful science fiction. It is self published, but definitely at the positive end of that spectrum – well edited and as good as any traditionally published title. (And the ebook version is very reasonable.)

Home is Where You’re Stranded…

I expected the plot to focus on stranded humans fighting for their lives against alien predators as they try to find a way back home to earth. That’s not exactly the case. While surviving the “jungle” is part of it, the main conflict seems to be between earth traditions versus alien traditions. The aliens are very human in some respects, but in other ways not. At its heart, this story is applicable to any time/any place. It’s about learning to understand those who may very different from you and finding common ground. It’s not hard core science fiction, but it’s thought-provoking. The prose are straight forward, easy to read, and I like that. Amazon Review (Kindle Version) by Jack Flash


Science fiction was one of my first loves, and it was so wonderful to be able to delve back into my roots in this classic sci-fi adventure. Told through journal entries, we follow the struggles of a group of colonists on a new home planet.

I’m sure that I’m about to commit some kind of sci-fi blasphemy by likening Richard Sutton to Ray Bradbury, but it’s true. This is not so much a blockbuster nail-biter. It’s more about human nature at its best… and worst… and not strictly “human”. Reminiscent of the Martian Chronicles.
I did have an issue with too many ellipses. I completely understand that pauses are common, especially when there is a language barrier, but it became a distraction, and did not taper off even long after the languages should have been learned.

Even with the ellipses, however, the world building made the story worth it. It’s phenomenal! Sutton painted a picture of life on another planet, to the point of believability. Awesome! Goodreads review by Lindsay


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