Spiderworld fits genre, and it doesn't.
First, note well that this book has almost nothing to do with the natural history of spiders, well at least not those that live on Earth. They are mentioned on passing, but the arachnologist will nevertheless rest disappointed. My spiders are very much of science fiction, although what they talk about varies fairly widely across the genres. Of course, I hope that at least some bug scientists do enjoy my speculative fiction.
Anyway, speculative fiction is how I describe my book's subject matter. This one has a fairly strong science fiction thread running right through it, though most is of the soft rather than highly science based variety. Basically, Spiderworld is a space adventure set some distance in the future. There are no fantasy elements except in the remote way in which I take some character names from fantasy literature. My intention is always to write science fiction that appeals to the general reader rather than the science fiction buff, hoping that the 'scientists' don't find too that I take too many liberties with the laws of physics. This book is far more Ray Bradbury than Arthur C. Clarke, more Heinlein than Asimov. I don't pretend to walk in any of those great shoes, but merely try to give the genre reader a little help.
In this story, man is a subservient species to a race of spider-like creatures from a distant world. The spidernauts have been 'harvesting' humans from the Earth for some considerable time. This gathering is being conducted to provide both food and a source of cheap labour. The spiders have neighbours on another close planet in their solar system, which are more akin to ten legged caterpillars than spiders. I try to leave the minute detail of these creatures to the reader's imagination, rather concentrating on the cultural and social conditions of society in three sentient species, Aranians, Cheetans and Homo sapiens.
Logic seems to dictate that any species that visits us before we visit them is likely to be technologically superior. In many ways the spiders are more advanced, further down the scientific road, although the potential, the intelligence, of the two species is really not very different. This 'brain equality' proves to be vital as humanity strives to improve its lot in Spiderworld.
There are heroic deeds and cowardly acts, diverse allegiances among and between species, altruistic and selfish attitudes, philosophical thoughts and crude schemes, love and hate, animalistic and spiritual behaviours, and an adventure that is only constrained by the parameters of this invented solar system and those laws of physics that I partially understand.
As I hope you will discover, this book really needs at least a few influential readers to be influenced by its words. The why is in the plot! Than you so much for taking the trouble to read this blog post.
The book- Well, that is to be found at http://geni.us/uDv