The 97th Step: Steve Perry bestselling author

Title: The 97th Step

Author: Steve Perry

Publish Date: 1989

Publisher: Ace Books

Type: Novel

Genre: Sci-Fi

Sub-Genre: Alternate Societies, Romance, Religion, Advanced, Medical, Advanced Technology, Advanced Weapons, Rebellion, Crime, Spaceships, Space Travel, Sexuality, Extra Sensory Perception, Galactic Empires, Armed Conflict

Plot Summary:

Mwili Kalamu was born into a poor, religious life on Cibule, a moon orbiting Kalk. At 16 years old, his daily beatings from his father were too much to take anymore, forcing him to run away and into the arms of the first officer of a freighter outbound to a different world.

He learned fast how to use what he had to obtain what he needed and learn how to make a living as a thief. He learned quickly and with his self-given alias of “Ferret”, he rapidly rose to be known as trustworthy and knowledgeable.

For ten years, he ran with Stoll, as partners at first, then as friends. Together they made themselves a reputation of being able to get their contracts done, without fail. And now they have a job that will set them both well enough off to retire. But Ferret’s girlfriend has a bad feeling about this and wants them to call off the job.

Everything was set and it was going like clockwork. Stoll and Ferrett were in the final room of their target when Ferrett got his bad feelings. He told Stoll and they both felt something was wrong. They opened up the door to leave, only to discover that their feelings might have been right after all…


Sarli Vu Ndamase is extremely beautiful, skin tawny, blue eyes, jet black hair, arms, legs and backside clean and perfect. She can have any man she wants, and they all want her. But the one she does desire is Ferret – a runaway from a backwater moon and thief – and she loves him.

Ferret left his home fifteen years ago and has been with his partner and friend Stoll for the last ten of those years. They were good at what they did, and had the underground connections to help them with background and mark details. A bribe here, missing documents there, they had it good.

Now, Stoll comes to Ferrett with a huge score. A simple jewelry heist, with even the cops bought off to gain time to escape the scene. This will set them for life and Ferret can be with Shar for the rest of their lives. But Shar has a bad feeling about the caper, pleading with Ferret to walk away. A kiss… and he leaves with Stoll.

As the heist progresses, it goes smoothly. Everything falling into place until Ferret gets his own queasy stomach. He feels something isn’t right. He and Stoll talk briefly and decide they’ve got enough and they head for the door. Moments later, Stoll is on the floor in front of him with blood pooling, and the door is being shattered by bullets. Something is wrong.

As Ferret leaps from the balcony, a voice from his past calls out to him, threatening revenge. He’d been found! And now, he had been set up, and Stoll is dead. But, if the past has caught up to him here, what about Shar?

Yes, what about Shar…?

Feminist science fiction novel by Joan Slonczewski

Title: A Door into Ocean (Elysium Cycle)

Author: Jean Slonczewski

Publish Date: 1986

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Type: Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Sub-Genre: Parthenogenesis, Armed Conflict, Alternate Societies, Alien Worlds, Starships, Space Travel, Advanced Medicine, Romance, Robots, Viruses, Galactic Empires, Martial Law

Plot Summary:

Spinel is a commoner; a stonecutter’s son. He has yet to obtain a sponsor to earn his ability to apply a trade. So he wanders as a beggar does in the market where he spies a pair of strange women, whose homes are on the distant Ocean Moon.

In a short conversation with them, the leader of the two, Merwen, made a decision that would forever change Spinel’s life. He was asked to return to the Ocean Moon via starship to learn of the ocean and teach them of this stone moon.

After arrival, Spinel soon discovers that this new world of only ocean was far from what he expected it to be. And Merwen’s daughter, Lystra, was appalled that her mother would bring back a male freak to live among the all-female population of Shora.

Soon it becomes evident that the world of stone, called Valen, wanted more of Shora than the women they were willing to lose.

And now Spinel is in the middle of his home world and that of the ocean world that asked him to join their way of life.


Shora is a planet of wonders. Its inhabitants are humans, evolved of the centuries to survive on a fully ocean-covered planet. They have evolved beyond the need for males, and only females are born to the parthenogenic beings known as Sharers.

Spinel is the son of a stonecutter on Valen, but he still hasn’t decided where he wants to go to learn a trade. And then he encounters two women Sharers from Shora and he begins a journey to their home to learn their ways, and share his new knowledge with them.

Shora holds many dreams for the people of Valen; sea silks, medicines, and abundant fish. To a world of stone, these are irresistible, and they crave that which they do not have. So, traders are sent to Shora with Valen goods to barter for the wonders of Shora.

But the traders go too far where they rape the Sharers and their families of their virtue and their livelihood. And, when the Sharers rebel by ignoring the traders, the military steps in to take control of the situation; martial law is declared and the first prisoners are taken by the soldiers.

The Sharers respond by ignoring the soldiers. As the Sharers prolong their silence, the soldiers become unglued… agitated. And a wholesale attack on the unarmed women and children of Shora begins.

One lone Sharer, Merwen, has confidence that continued unspeaking will resolve the conflict. All the while, her fellow sharers are dying each day by the hundreds.