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By Maggie Toussaint

G-1 by Rigel CarsonThe movie Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen made me laugh, but it also reminded me of how much I enjoy science fiction. I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars being household names, and their galactic exploits lighting a creative fire in my imagination. I was absolutely transfixed with the creativity in Josh Whedon’s Serenity/Firefly movie/TV series. How can you go wrong with an American space western science fiction drama and with Nathan Fillion?

Fast forward a bit, and I’m a science fiction author, writing as Rigel Carson. Now, I seriously doubt Josh Whedon has heard of me, but my series idea was to create a scientist who was more than he knew and set him up for catastrophic failure and give him a hard mystery to solve. His parents – gone. His uncle – vanished. His island home and lab – torched. His new android sidekick – disloyal. His research and integrity – under attack. In short, Dr. Zechariah Landry hits bottom.

On the surface, Zeke’s android seems to be a total mismatch. Zeke’s all flip flops and ratty shorts while Forman has an extensive wardrobe of aloha shirts and nice, pressed shorts. Worse, Forman has the gigolo exterior of the popular sex toy robots, and he flirts with everything that walks by. So there you have it, an extroverted android with feelings on his sleeve, and an introverted brilliant thinker who is fated to save Earth in every book of the series.

When Zeke is threatened with physical harm, Forman reveals his bodyguard talents. The more time they spend together, the more Zeke appreciates Forman’s depth of programming.

Forman helps out in the lab, he escorts Zeke to keep him safe, he sets up complex statistical analyses, and more.

Here’s my question for you. If you were gifted with a multi-talented robot, and he/she may have Forman’s skills or any of your choosing, what would you have him do for you? Would you have him do chores you don’t like? Would it cook for you? Or better yet, grocery shop for you? The possibilities are endless! Be sure and leave a comment to be entered in my contest.

G-1 by Rigel Carson, pen name of Maggie Toussaint, is available in digital format exclusively on Kindle. It was one of the first ten books published in the new Kindle Scout program.

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  1. Great opportunity to read an author new to me for which I thank you.

  2. Maggie, I stand in awe of anyone who can write science fiction. I can’t wait to read G-1–and I love that this is going to be a series. Now, can you tell me how to find another 10 hours in each day so I can just sit down and READ? LOL Congratulations on your new venture. I wish you every success!

    • LOL to finding another 10 hours in a day. I’m convinced if there were 10 more hours in a day, I’d still want more! Working for yourself keeps you very focused, or at least it does that to me. Thanks for your interest in G-1. Good luck in the contest.

  3. Great post! This book sounds awesome. 🙂

  4. I look forward for a chance to win. I love reading authors I’ve never read before.

    • Hi Tina! So happy to have you here. Your odds of winning seem pretty good. Hoping that you’ll visit my site and see which books appeal to you. Have a great week!

  5. Pat Walker Pinkston says

    I’d definitely vote for the android to do the cleaning and cooking. That would free me up for what I really want to do, read.

    • Wouldn’t that be wonderful, Pat! Let’s toss in yard work while we’re at it. At least the android wouldn’t be bothered by gnats, which are the bane of the South. Thanks for your comment. You are entered in the drawing. Be sure and check back to find out the winner!

  6. I’d call him an associate and use him as a mouthpiece to get things done. Sounds like a fun read!

  7. I love all the same movies, plus Spaceballs and now Guardians of the Galaxy. Your book satisfies my need for science mixed with adventure and action. It’s a great read!

    • I need to see Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m always behind on current stuff, so thanks for the reminder. Spaceballs was fun! I appreciate your comment, Nancy. Thanks! Maggie/Rigel

  8. What a great post! I have recently come to enjoy science fiction and I look forward to reading G-1. Thank you for the terrific article and the chance to win a copy, too!

    • Hi Betty W, I am glad you stopped over to read the post. Please feel free to poke around the various pages on the website to learn a bit more about all of our fine authors. Crossing my fingers for you! Maggie /Rigel

  9. G-1 sounds really interesting. I look forward to reading it!

    I enjoyed your post. I too grew up with Star Trek, and am a fellow Galaxy Quest fan. I especially liked Alan Rickman’s character.

    • Hi Jane! I loved Alan Rickman in that show. (“By Grabthar’s Hammer…”) I appreciate you clicking over and entering the contest. Wishing you luck! Maggie/Rigel

  10. Connie Hamblen Williamson says

    Thanks for the chance!

  11. charlene capodice says

    thanks for the chance!

  12. Thanks for sharing. I can’t enter though – not in the US/Canada. Shame.

    • Stephanie, I appreciate your visit. My books are in international Amazons, but I have tried and tried to figure out how to gift books internationally. I can open an account at other Amazons, but I can’t gift or purchase books from there because my “home” Amazon is It doesn’t make any sense to me, and it’s very frustrating. I would love to gift books to my international fans. if someone else knows how to do it, please chime in. I’ve tried to do this before and ended up bugging people I know in the countries to buy the books for my winner and then tried to compensate them via Paypal, but the currency thing adds another level of confusion. Math was never my strong suit. Sigh. Sorry to vent. I would love to resolve this! Maggie/Rigel

  13. Thanks for the endorsement, Terry! I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to bring this book out.

  14. I’ve read Maggie’s book, and it’s a roller coaster ride!