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PW2020 Adult #26: ÆDEN’S WAKE (Space Opera)
MK Hardy
Mentored by:
Keena Roberts
Book Title:
Æden's Wake
2020 Adult Entries
Space Opera
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Alcohol abuse, self-harm, suicide, PTSD, soldier death


Space merc Caspien Vargas wakes up screaming in the morgue after her squad dies in an explosion - apparently poking that ancient relic they dug up rendered her unkillable. Her nomadic people send her to the all-powerful Empire of the Architect with a proposition: the relic in exchange for protection. Traumatized, grieving, and burdened by her responsibility to her people, she must survive political machinations, an irradiated paradise, and falling in love with the woman at the centre of it all.



The air was thin and smelled of rotten eggs the day that Caspien Vargas died.

In hindsight, of course, the squad should’ve been more careful. Should’ve seen it coming. It should’ve occurred to them that just as they’d been watching Crato’s operations, the mining conglomerate’s hired goons had been watching them back. But they’d all been playing hide-and-seek with hostile patrols for weeks and they got complacent. Lazy. Forgetful about checking under things before climbing inside them.

Ibion wasn’t Caspien’s first choice for somewhere to die, but it wasn’t exactly her first choice for somewhere to live either. After decades of restless drifting, however, the Obade fleet would have made their new home in an empty noodle carton if it had a breathable atmosphere. Ibion was tiny and stinky, a wrinkly nut with a bile-yellow sky. It was also empty, theoretically arable, and completely uncontested until CratoCorp appeared with a giant drill and an entire mercenary fleet.

The Obade knew all about bullies. Usually they were working for them: guns for hire in the void or planetside in a troubled system. They knew they didn’t stand a chance against them in a fair fight – they needed leverage. A miracle.

The sliver of hope, when it came, was found in a hole in the ground by a gaggle of unwashed marines.

4 responses to “PW2020 Adult #26: ÆDEN’S WAKE (Space Opera)”

  1. Lauren Spieller says:

    Hi! I’m still super interested in this one, so please send your query + full manuscript to Lauren@triadaus.com, and put “PW Request” in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! ~Lauren

  2. Tamara Kawar says:

    Dear MK,

    I’d love to read this (again)! Could you please send the full manuscript to tamara.kawar@icmpartners.com and make sure to include “PW2020” in your subject line?

    Thank you!


  3. Cortney Radocaj says:

    Hi MK,

    I love your pitch and sample!! Could you please submit your query, synopsis, and first 50 pages to my Query Manager?


    Please mention this is a PitchWars request at the beginning of the query, or in the referral section of the form. If another Belcastro agent requests, please make sure to only submit to one of us (we’re good at sharing!).

    I look forward to seeing your pages!!


    Cortney Radocaj
    Literary Agent
    Belcastro Agency

  4. Zabé Ellor says:

    I really love this voice, and the mystery you promise here–I would love to see more!

    Please could you send the query and first fifty pages to me, as an attachment, at zrellor.books@gmail.com? Please paste your query on the first page of your attached sample pages, and also in the body of the email, and include PITCH WARS in the subject line. If more than one JDLA agent requests, feel free to first submit to the one you think is the best fit.