Jani Kilian was born in Ville Acadie, the largest city on the Commonwealth colony of Acadia. Her father Declan, a systems developer, was of Irish descent; her mother Jamira Shah, a shopkeeper, was of South Asian descent. Jani grew up speaking a French dialect, learned Commonwealth English in primary school, and decided early on that life on a backwater was not for her. She wanted to see other worlds, so like so many other colony kids, she joined the Service.
It seemed a good idea at the time.
I have rereleased the first four Jani Kilian novels in ebook and trade paper POD formats.
Endgame, the fifth and final book in the series, is still available in ebook and mass market editions from Harper Voyager.
After rights reverted, I no longer had the right to use the original cover artwork. The new covers were designed by Dave Smeds. We were lucky enough to find photographs featuring a model who came pretty darned close to my idea of what Jani looked like.
Code of Conduct
1999 Philip K. Dick Award Nominee
First book in the series
Rules of Conflict
Honorable Mention in SF Site’s list of Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2000
Second book in the series
Law of Survival
Third book in the series
“…a perfect book to read after dealing with the b*****ds at work.” – Kim Zrubek
Fourth book in the series
“Kristine Smith supercedes herself with each new book.” Janny Wurts
Fifth book in the series. Still published by Harper Voyager.
The original mass market paperbacks are still available out in the wild, either used or, in the case of Endgame, brand-spankin’-new. The covers of Code, Rules, Law, and Contact were by Jean-Pierre Targete. The cover of Endgame was by Chris McGrath.
Several years ago, the Science Fiction Book Club published all five Jani books in two omnibus editions. The first, Rules of Survival, contains Code, Rules, and Law. The second, Endgame, contains Contact Imminent and Endgame.
Both covers were done by Chris McGrath.
My first–and so far only– foreign sale was to the Russian publisher AST, which bought CODE OF CONDUCT. Here’s the cover:
That’s my name on the top, in those cool industrial letters. I’m not sure if the bordering graphic with T. rex and the castle on the precipice is a standard AST border or part of *my* cover. No dinosaurs were harmed in the writing of any of my books, in case you wondered.
I do like the transport.
It’s a small hardcover book, about 5 1/4″ by 8″. 415 pages. Very neat, seeing my words translated into another language