Sarah Smith's "King of Space"
Sarah Smith's Biography
Smith wrote King of Space after meeting the owner and publisher of Eastgate Systems, Inc., Mark Bernstein, at MacWorld, just after finishing her first novel. ”Want to write me something?” Mark asked, and she did. The work was published in 1991 and remains, along with John McDaid's Uncle Buddy's Phantom Funhouse, one of a handful of e-lit that tackles the science fiction genre.
Eastgate Systems, Inc. said about the work that it is:
“. . . [a] dark science-fictional ritual of fertility and regeneration, King of Space takes place in an abandoned starship, circling the edges of a plague-ridden and collapsing solar system, where an escaped terrorist meets the last star-captain and his ship’s Priestess. Old man and young, young woman and ageless starship meet and meet again as enemies, allies, rapists, and lovers. The story has elements of gaming; an unwise move can send a character to the kitchen (“hundreds of tiny sandwiches, all alike”) or into the rocky caverns of the intelligent and unpleasant starship, where a very persistent elevator is waiting to have a conversation; you can meet the Lady Nii’s ancient, dreadful lover, King Brady, or become him; you can fall into a maze of love, or find the dance at the center of the world that regenerates the ship. Contains games and animations.” ("King of Space")
Versions of King of Space
✭ Version 1.0: Published in 1991 on two 3.5-inch floppy disks. This remains the only published version of the work.
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