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PW2021 Adult #02: HALF-HUMAN HEART (Science Fiction – Space Opera #OwnVoices)
Rose Regeant
Mentored by:
Ian Barnes
Book Title:
Science Fiction - Space Opera #OwnVoices
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Rhyn, a soldier desperate to prove she belongs to her family's legacy despite her chronic illness, must transport the galaxy’s most powerful superweapon to Earth. When mercenaries attack, she discovers the weapon is a woman—Zara, who only became a cyborg for cash. Together, they need to race across the stars, outrunning bounty hunters, the AI consuming Zara’s consciousness, and their growing attraction to one another.



The rifle in my hands floods with potential as I load the plasma cartridge into the magazine. Cold seeps through my fatigues where my knees dig into the steel floor of the armored car idling in the hangar. The massive metal case dominates the center of the transport bay. This is my last chance to prove I belong in Ground Forces.

Callum secures the cryptic cargo with a trio of offensively bright yellow slacklines, a loud contrast to our midnight uniforms. He smirks, smug features limned in the soft light seeping between the case’s metal plates. “Nervous, VonDehren?”

“No.” A lie, but a necessary one. This mission isn’t just a shot at a promotion to a better arm of the United Star Systems Federation. It’s my chance to show I belong here—even with the crimson tattoo marking me as a Red Shift blazing on my wrist.

The red ink peeks out from the sleeve of my uniform jacket fit snugly over body armor. I tug the cloth down before Callum notices. The deep scarlet pattern’s been stamped on my wrist since I was a kid, diagnosed with this scourge of an illness I’ve kept secret for years. If Callum and Garret find out about my Red Shift status, they’ll lose all respect for me.

Only Commander Harwood knows about my condition. He was the one who forged my physical results in the first place.

3 responses to “PW2021 Adult #02: HALF-HUMAN HEART (Science Fiction – Space Opera #OwnVoices)”

  1. Michelle Hauck says:

    I do love a good space opera! This one sounds like it has many layers! If you choose to submit to me (hopefully), please upload your query, synopsis, bio, and full manuscript using this form: QueryManager.com/2011/PitchWars If another agent from Storm Literary Agency requests, you may submit to all of us simultaneously. Best,

    Michelle Hauck

  2. Matt Belford says:

    Hi Rose! This is a great pitch and I’d love to see more of your work! Would you please send me your first 25 pages via my Query Manager form: QueryManager.com/MWBelford/PitchWars?

    Thank you!

  3. Laura Bradford says:

    I adore a good space opera and I am getting some shades of River Tam in this woman-as-weapon cargo. This sounds so good and I am all about a little attraction and romance in SF. Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    Looking forward to it!
    Laura Bradford

    ***If you receive a request from more than one agent at Bradford Literary Agency, you are welcome to send to all agents who made the request, but just let us know when you send the material***