Author Archives: Victoria Janssen

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.

#TBRChallenge – Tales of Old: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

TweetTrouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson is set in New York City before the United States has entered World War Two; it seems to be an alternate history in subtle ways. In this world, people of color with mystical/magical … Continue reading

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My April Reading Log

TweetFiction: Can’t Find My Way Home by Gwynne Garfinkle is a ghost story that’s also a period piece. Vividly set in mid-1970s New York City, it features Joanna Bergman, a young actress in a soap opera who’s developing an intense … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Location, Location, Location: A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney

TweetA Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney was on my TBR for two reasons: first, I know the author, and second, I knew it involved at least one fictional quilter, and I love reading about quilting. It’s mostly a ghost … Continue reading

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My March Reading Log

TweetFiction: Rescue Operations: Changes of Life by L.A. Hall, sixteenth in the Clorinda Cathcart’s Circle series, includes the return of Josh Ferraby to England amidst a complex plot, involving a vast number of people, to free a woman from an … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Grumpy: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

TweetLight From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki blends: a detailed portrayal of a particular mostly-Asian neighborhood in California; the competitive world of classical music, including performers and luthiers; a transgender queer violinist; lots of lovingly described food; and Faustian bargains … Continue reading

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Embracing Refuge launches today!

TweetEmbracing Refuge, third in A Place of Refuge, launches today! Is it too late for a cynical super soldier to right the wrongs in her past? Enhanced soldier Faigin Balfour defected from a fascist military to the revolution. Once the … Continue reading

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My February Reading Log

TweetFiction: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers is a novella about crowdsourced interstellar exploration, astronauts sent off from a world suffering the ravages of climate change, with the twist that they do plan to come back, after interfering … Continue reading

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Welcome to my website!

This is the official website of writer Victoria Janssen, author of A Place of Refuge, three science fiction hopepunk novellas following three former guerillas who’ve escaped to a utopian planet after losing their fight against a fascist empire. They’re figuring … Continue reading

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#TBRChallenge – Fairy Tale: Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

TweetWendy, Darling by A.C. Wise is in conversation with Peter Pan, a story so familiar and entrenched in general English-speaking cultural consciousness that I’m counting it as fitting the fairy tale theme. Peter Pan is easily read as extremely creepy, … Continue reading

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Updates on My Kalikoi Novellas

TweetFinding Refuge has a lovely review at Phoebe’s Randoms. Embracing Refuge: A Place of Refuge, part three, will be released in less than one month! The cover, seen in this post, is by Augusta Scarlett, who also made the previous … Continue reading

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