'As well as being a masterful story, The Accord is a feat of daring and accomplished composition... Romantic, edgy, moving, tight and fast, The Accord is Keith Brooke on incandescent form... at his absolute best.'—Interzone
(Most recent edition: September 2011; infinite press.)
Colvin Stark only ventures out from the domed city of Vishwan because Joanie has left him. She's fled to Chorale, a settlement deep in the jungle of the colony planet Rhapsody, a world where native and Terran biochemistries clash and compete. Most Rhapsodian lifeforms are harmless; many induce hallucinations, euphoria or sheer, irreversible insanity; some are deadly. Stark must brave them all if he is to find Joanie, but worst of all he must confront his own destiny.
Traditional science fiction with a contemporary spin, "Queen Bee" showcases the short fiction talent of an author described by Locus as belonging in "the recognized front ranks of SF writers".