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Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill

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Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill

by Alexandra Tims

an illustrated long poem

fourth in the Meniscus Series

science fiction – romance – adventure




Follow the adventures of Odymn and the Slain!






Meniscus: The Town at Themble Hill


… On the alien planet Meniscus, against all odds, a small group of Humans works to forge a new life together. When a Dock-winder drone pays them a visit, Odymn and the Slain trek along the heights of The Fault, to make certain the community is not in danger of invasion. They find a new way to scale The Fault and a perfect location for building a new village. Matters are complicated when Odymn is injured on a parkour run and the Slain’s former girlfriend joins the group. Faced with a dangerous journey through the Themble Wood and the hardships of building a new community, are the Humans in more danger from themselves, the alien landscape, or their Doc-winder overlords?


… In the fourth book of the Meniscus series, The Village at Themble Hill chronicles the first days of community life on a planet where Humans are not allowed to associate and freedom is always at risk.


   home is the safest place … so build a home …




“What is that sound?”

says Odymn.

Looks north-west.


Green light creeps

towards zenith,

blinking its way.


The Slain rolls to standing.

Grabs Odymn’s arm.



he says.


Slips over the limb of banyan.

Pulls Odymn after him.

Covers her with his body.


Tugs at his armour,

five snaps per side

(its electric current

detectable, trackable).


The armour detaches.

A grid of inert copper

between them.


Above, the drone

nudges sideways,

sinks among the trees.


Odymn holds her breath.

The Slain lays his mouth on hers

but she peeks around him,

wants to see.


The drone hovers

a minute or more.

It blinks, effortless

on its cushion of air.


Then it rises.


to the north-east.


The Slain lifts Odymn to her feet.

Finds a path

through banyan,

in the direction of Garth.


Flawless navigation in dark

and Odymn wonders

what amethyst eyes see

in places where light

does not shine.





About the Author

Alexandra Tims is a botanist, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick, Canada. Her first five books in the Meniscus series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, Meniscus: South from Sintha, Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, and Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill were published with CreateSpace in 2017 and 2018. She has also published two books of poetry, within easy reach (2106) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (2017), under the name Jane Spavold Tims (both with Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). In 2016 she won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition for her manuscript of poems about bird calls. She is a fan of science fiction – books, television and film, including Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly. Her websites feature her drawings, paintings and poetry.


Other books in the Meniscus Series


Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

Meniscus: South from Sintha

Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb


Copyright Jane Tims 2018


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