Death on Taurus

by J.M. Porup

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Synopsis

On Taurus, there’s only one good way to die.

On the bullfighting planet of Taurus, in the far distant future, a genetically engineered race of half-man, half-bull stages ritual blood sacrifices to the gods—human viewers light-years away. Vizzer, the high priest who presides over the daily slaughter, loathes the fights and wants to end them.

When news arrives that the humans have destroyed themselves in an interstellar civil war, he deposes the king and outlaws the fights. But not all the humans are dead. Carlos the Creator lies in stasis on Taurus itself. Vizzer comes face to face with an enraged and ancient god. And in so doing, he must also confront the truth of his own savage nature.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Occasional detailed sex scene
Target Audience Age: 18-34 (New adult/twentysomethings)
Violence: Major violence, death

Setting

Geography: Space - Beyond Our Galaxy
Realism: Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
Setting Type: Space
Time Period: Far Future (3000+)

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Fictional Polytheistic Religion
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Science Fiction
 
Realism:
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements transcend modern science
  • Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
  • Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
  • Science well beyond modern definitions, bordering on fantasy
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Setting Type:
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Space
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Time Period:
  • 2020 - 2030
  • 2030 - 2050
  • 2050 - 2100
  • 2100 - 2200
  • 2200 - 3000
  • Far Future (3000+)

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About the author

J.M. Porup

Former Lonely Planet author J.M. Porup now spins a tale or two for his daily crust. He has lived on three continents, speaks six languages, and has worked as a kelp harvester, apple tree pruner, goatherd, cowherd, computer programmer, copywriter and journalist. American by birth, Australian by [...]

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