“Why are we infertile? Our scientists determined our gametes were defective, but they could not find the cause of the defect and attributed it to Havo’s will. At first there was panic, but Our Mother and Father, the leaders of our global church, counseled trust in Havo. We have prayed for over a century . . . We still have children, just not enough to exceed the deaths. We are still losing ground.”
The Sun Children is Robert Peate’s anti-theocratic dystopian science fiction novel, set about two hundred years in our future.
137 years After the Peace of Our Sun Havo, Ruler of the Universe, unexplained worldwide infertility has reduced Terra’s population to one billion. Every year the Church sacrifices ten children from Terra to show Humanity’s devotion and earn a reprieve. Each province selects a child to send to the Sun as Offerings. However, the Church may select young adults up to twenty-five years of age, and one of the young adults it selects is Cassiopeia Ovatio, a devout young woman of twenty-three from Cascadia Province. Though she feels blessed to meet her maker, the Church may regret its choice forever.
“If I believe it is Havo’s will for me to die, I will die. If I believe He wants me to do something else, I will do something else. I am not afraid to die. I am afraid of not serving Havo’s will, whatever that might be.”—Cassiopeia Ovatio
ONE THIRD FINISHED, EXPECTED COMPLETION 2017.
“I greatly enjoy the fact that speculative fiction authors such as Peate tend to find the most compelling ways of presenting cultural and societal problems and realities in an entertaining and intellectually stimulating manner. I am excited about The Sun Children.”
—Edward Anderson, sci-fi and ComicCon volunteer in the 1970s and ’80s