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Homecoming coverLetter TTimi is the third of the friends Roi (Snowy) manages to keep together as a dancing group. He is black. Not African or looking like it, but from a starship-based, inbred civilization, the Clan. His hair and skin are true black, not dark brown. His eyes, however, are reddish amber, with a protective reflecting layer below the amber pigment. His hair is curly, but only loosely. His culture uses dance as a method of challenge, but it is dance in free fall, with randomly changing artificial gravity fields. He appears in Homecoming, Tourist Trap and Horse Power.

Timi was older than Amber when enslaved in a pirate raid, remembers more of freedom, and fiercely resents being a slave. He had also had considerably more education than Amber and was able to teach what he had learned to the others, to some extent getting around the custom that slaves were not taught to read or to understand numbers. Here he is speaking from before the beginning of Homecoming

Should I go along? I like Amber and I’d like to stay with her, but she’s freebred, a captive like me. That Snowy’s slavebred, and every slavebred I’ve met is pretty stupid.

I don’t think Snowy is, though.

Amber said he’d learned to read faster than anyone she knew just from her reading a few things to him, and was just as quick on what she could remember of arithmetic. And that idea of his: keeping us all together as a dancing group, that we’d be worth enough that way to get decent treatment …. I’ve seen enough to know how slaves can be mistreated. Makes me want to scream, but they’ll just activate the control collar if I do.

And I’d like to be friends with him.

That’s the dangerous kind.

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Here is the continuation of the scene I have been posting from for the last two weeks. This is from Tourist Trap, published last year and given the Garcia Award for best fiction book of the year. The “he” in the first sentence is Roi, whose arm has just been grabbed and twisted behind his back by his friend, Timi.

When he rolled with the pull, the shift in his weight allowed Zhaim to pull away and struggle back to his feet, shaking with fury.

Roi could hear the sob in Timi’s breath. Timi’s body, yes, but it was Zhaim’s will that twisted his arm so high that his shoulder joint screamed protest, and jammed Timi’s arm across Roi’s throat. The heavier boy’s body pulled him to his feet, and he managed to glance around as he was jerked up. The girls were sprawled bonelessly where they had fallen, their wet clothing plastered to their bodies by the rain. Then Timi swung him around to face Zhaim, and it took all his self-control to keep his head up and his eyes steady on his brother’s.

Zhaim’s face was contorted with rage, and the beamer was shaking visibly in his hand.

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