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On an island in the Middle Sea, 3500 years ago, Kitane will inherit only if she marries soon. There are plenty of suitors, but Kitane can’t decide—there is something she must do first.

The God Potidas is angry. The ground rumbles and islanders flee from the threatening volcano at Thera. Will the Goddess Jasasara intervene and save Her people?

If Kit doesn’t succeed, she’ll lose everything. Can Kitane’s renowned bull jumping convince the Goddess to help? Will she choose the right suitor?

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Here is a map of Kitane’s world. It centers around the architectural masterpiece of Knossos with its 1,300 rooms and 24,000 square meters of space. A short distance north is the harbor of Amnisos where her family’s trading business has warehouses. Her family lives at the Suramarti villa a day’s journey west of Knossos. Another day farther is the sacred site of Mount Ida.

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Two Minoan daughters Kitane and Biaja, of the rich and powerful Suramarti family, were thinking of marriage. Plenty of suitors were interested, but beyond this, the story diverges from Shakespeare’s comedy. Most importantly, the Minoan island of Keftiu is a matriarchy. The Suramarti villa, workshops, farms, orchards, and their fleet of trading ships all pass down the maternal line to a selected daughter.

Two older sisters have already been disqualified. Kitane is next in line, but her mother has set a deadline of her seventeenth birthday. Kit has her own agenda leading to conflicts of choice, timing, and conditions. In addition, the gods contribute their influence through a volcano and earthquakes.

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Very briefly, Azureign is unique among human colony worlds for two related reasons:

Number 1. It has rings that were probably the result of Number Two.

Number 2. It was terraformed thousands of years ago by humans who were just beginning to explore the galaxy, and who knew very little about balancing the ecology of an entire planet from scratch. This occurred well before contact with the alien species of the Compact.

This means that not everything on Azureign works quite the way anyone would like or expect.

Appalled by the botched adjustments to the planet’s ecology, the Compact aliens did what they could to help (force) the humans to turn it into a usable place to live for some brave human colonists (who came there several hundred years before our story begins).

Because the Compact sets strict limits on insults to planetary biosystems—limits on mining and manufacturing, types of power the colonists can use, and so forth—the alien consortium also assisted human developers in creating what are now called Helper Species, or helpmate animals who take the place of some technological items humans and other space-faring creatures depend upon for survival.

Hence the dragons, who serve as a light delivery and communications system for the colonists of Azureign. Shortly after their apparent success on Azureign, dragon colonies were also instituted on several other colony worlds.

Other Helper Species at trial on Azureign include, for example:

Dolphin Folk, who are highly intelligent and have a language of their own and should perhaps not be a “helper” species at all, but be considered equal to humans.

Raka, who were meant to be problem solvers and laboratory assistants, but who diverged so rapidly from their original specifications no one knows what they’re for any longer.

Gimbal Balls, a species of plant that produces a huge glassine sphere useful as mobile living quarters for humans and other creatures.

And many customized species of food plants especially adapted to the range of conditions on Azureign, and requiring little in the way of pest control or fertilization, such as bandova fruit.

Many humans believe the alien supervisors of the Compact utilize Azureign as a sort of testing ground for Helper Species and other ideas, because the planet was already imperfect due to the humans’ botched terraforming. Some believe that the human colonists themselves may have diverged from the original species, though with minimal contact with Earth to compare, it is difficult to tell.

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On an island in the Middle Sea, 3500 years ago, Kitane will inherit only if she marries soon. There are plenty of suitors, but Kitane can’t decide—there is something she must do first.

The God Potidas is angry. The ground rumbles and islanders flee from the threatening volcano at Thera. Will the Goddess Jasasara intervene and save Her people?

If Kit doesn’t succeed, she’ll lose everything. Can Kitane’s renowned bull jumping convince the Goddess to help? Will she choose the right suitor?

Your read all about Kitane’s adventure in the just-released Kitane, Bull Jumper: Courting and Catastrophe in the Bronze Age (https://amzn.to/2wuLMk8)

Here is a map of Thera prior to the explosion of Kaimeni Island. Present day Santorini is a shadow of Thera. The priestesses warned everyone to leave when the volcano spewed clouds of smoke and shook both Thera and Keftiu with earthquakes. Kitane’s aunt, cousin, and entire family came to live at Suramarti. That was just the beginnings of changes due to this powerful volcano.

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On an island in the Middle Sea, 3500 years ago, Kitane will inherit only if she marries soon. There are plenty of suitors, but Kitane can’t decide—there is something she must do first.

The God Potidas is angry. The ground rumbles and islanders flee from the threatening volcano at Thera. Will the Goddess Jasasara intervene and save Her people?

If Kit doesn’t succeed, she’ll lose everything. Can Kitane’s renowned bull jumping convince the Goddess to help? Will she choose the right suitor?

Here is a map of the Middle Sea where Suramarti traders exchanged their finely decorated pottery with a variety of natural motifs. Marine images were particularly valuable. The also crafted fine jewelry. They traded with the primitive Hellene Territories for raw materials. The great island of Alashiya was a source of ore which they traded for cypress from the Hittite empire, resin from Arzawa, and gold, ebony, and ivory from the Pharaoh of Kmt. Kitane found the captain Tros to be attractive and exciting, even though her mother thought he was a pirate.

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This is the story of a girl and her dragon. He’s a great hulking beast that may, in fact, be too big to fly. She’s an orphan, who has been chosen to ride him mostly because she’s small.

Now, you might think that a story with a girl and a flying dragon (well, he’s supposed to fly) would be a fairy tale set in some far away long-ago place. There’d be magic and weird creatures and probably a princess and a quest involved.

This is not that story. There is a bit of a quest—besides the quest to get Nizael to fly, I mean—did I mention the dragon’s name is Nizael? And you might consider a great hulking dragon a fairly weird creature. But there are no princesses in this story at all. There are several Queens, though not the kind you might expect.

So, quest, yes. Weird creatures, yes. Princess, no. And no magic.

It does take place in a far distant time and place, on a frontier colony world called Azureign, a few thousand years in the future, which is a sort of magic. There’s no ray guns or space ships. In fact, Shala’s job—I think I forgot to tell you the girl’s name is Shala—her job would have been much easier if there were space ships, or even jets or an ancient-fashioned airplane. Then she wouldn’t have cared if Nizael ever flew, and this would be a very different story. But that’s not how it is.

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Dragons, though. Very nice, large dragons…

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Keftiu Astronomy Research for Kitane, Bull Jumper

Over the course of a year, the nighttime stars appear to rotate around the earth. Different star configurations, called constellations, become associated with the seasons. For a contemporary example, the astrology signs of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo are the summer constellations.

An exception to this rule is the North Star, Polaris. In recent history, Polaris was fixed. It was believed to be always in the north.

Ancient civilization observed several cycles, from the daily cycle of the Sun to the monthly cycle of the Moon, and the annual cycle of the constellations. The objects that failed to follow these cycles were the planets (named for the Greek word wanderers).

In the last century, science has identified several longer cycles, now collectively called Milankovitch cycles. These cycles include orbital eccentricity, obliquity, and precession, with time periods of approximately 100,000 years, 41,000 years, and 25,771.5 years respectively.

For the purposes of formulating astrology for the Keftiu (3,500 years ago), the authors only considered precession.

The star directly above the rotational axis is the North Star. In the current era, we are fortunate that axis points to Polaris. However, this is not always true. In general, the axis points to empty space. There is no North Star.

Let’s just review the current situation. The North Star is located by finding the Big Dipper, aka Big Bear, aka Ursa Major. A couple of stars in this constellation point to Polaris. Polaris is a star at handle-end of the Little Dipper, aka Little Bear, aka Ursa Minor.

During the time of our story, there was no ideal North Star, like Polaris. However, the star closest to the north would have been the chosen North Star of the time.

For the purposes of the Keftiu, the authors renamed these two constellations with Keftiu-appropriate names: Big Double Axe and the Little Double Axe (Labrys). The North Star is on the handle end of the Little Double Axe and is called the Bull Star.

Keftiu sailors would have located the Big Double Axe and followed two stars to locate the Bull Star within the Little Double Axe. This is like the process used in the current era, except that different stars are employed, even though the polar constellations are the same.

The other effect of precession is the movement of the constellations with respect to the seasons. 3,500-years-ago represents a change of one zodiac sign. Thus, while Cancer, Leo, Virgo are summer constellations now, Leo, Virgo, and Libra would have been summer constellations in the past.

Of course, the Keftiu would have had their own names for the constellations. The authors renamed the constellations for the Keftiu as follows:

Spring: Spring Flowers, Initiates, Triton

Summer: Dolphin, Snake Goddess, Swallow

Autumn: Three Women, Octopus, Trading Ship

Winter: Bull Jumper, Papyrus, Bee

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