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In a future starscape where the children of man have succumbed to humanity's long-forgotten vices, THETA is a story of a dark, twisting dance of intrigue, love and loss among the stars.

Stuck in a dramatic struggle between death and life, a young dancer must choose between his enigmatic past and an uncertain future. Unable to let go of what he was, unable to fac
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Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published August 14th 2013 by Snowfox Press
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Sasya Fox I might be inclined to call it a dysphorian story of a dystrophic love in a dystopian universe. With a lot of death in it...

I wouldn't be…more
I might be inclined to call it a dysphorian story of a dystrophic love in a dystopian universe. With a lot of death in it...

I wouldn't be inclined to call it romance, except perhaps in a pathological sense. It's almost an anti-romance, in some ways.

Sorry if that answer isn't particularly satisfying, but it's a tough question—there are certainly romantic elements and themes, but it's about as far from the genre of romance as it can be.

At any rate, thanks for the question!

-Fox(less)
Sasya Fox Hi, Doris!

Thank you so much for the question. Theta actually started as a short story I wrote for my friends while developing the book I'm about to…more
Hi, Doris!

Thank you so much for the question. Theta actually started as a short story I wrote for my friends while developing the book I'm about to release as Ephemeris. I vaguely knew I wanted a character like Theta, and I wanted a bit of backstory for him. The problem with characters is that once you give them life, they do things you don't expect, and sometimes you want to know what happens during the points between where they started and where you want them to be.

After I wrote Theta's short story, I found that I couldn't leave it where it was. It was like a persistent itch. I just wanted to write a little more. So I set out to write a series of short stories to expand the ellipsis between Theta's origin and where he ended up. Except as I wrote it, the characters began doing what characters do—making decisions that surprise the author. Suddenly my ellipsis had become a novella, but I wasn't done. I was still writing mostly for myself, and my friends and family. But we all wanted to know what happened next.

Anyway, it took about nine months between that first short story and having the first draft of a novel. I stayed on track because I really wanted to know what happened next. Where my characters would go. If they'd be ok. I woke up worrying about them.

In short, I got hooked. ^_^

Staying on track really varies, for me. If my characters aren't in any danger or experiencing real development, it's hard to sit and write the "glue." But that also gives me an idea of whether or not that section is really necessary.

That is to say, I realized that if it's not fun to write, it's probably not going to be fun to read. ^_^

So anyway, if you want to write, write! ^_^ If you want to draw, draw! Do both.. do it all. Create the things you want to see, and see if the rest of the world does, too.

Have a wonderful day,

-Sasha(less)

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Altivo Overo
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: science fiction fans, furry fans
In spite of my personal difficulty with scenes of bloody violence, which turned me away in several previous attempts, once I got deeply into this story I had to finish it. The few violent incidents were not gratuitous though, and were pretty much essential to the story. This is a magnificent work, with a very complex and twisty plot and at least a dozen fascinating and empathetic characters. I even found myself liking the villains, if villains they were, only to have it turn out that someone mor ...more
Franck Rabeson
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. True, I have a few complaints about it, but most were technical: missing scene breaks, mostly. Those occasionally made things a bit confuse, but all in all the story was good enough that I didn’t mind re-reading the parts I didn’t get (and I never actually had to read any part more than twice).

The universe is fairly well developed, leaving enough in the shadows to make it even more interesting. Even the technobabble actually sounds more believable than in ma
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Evan
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook, furry
Theta has everything I want in a science fiction novel: space battles, intrigue, exotic slaves, sneaky tactics, pirates, the list goes on. The pacing and storytelling is top notch, the prose superb. As a pilot myself, I love some of the details he snuck in regarding crew behavior. It's a nice easter egg if you're paying attention. While I enjoy the furry meta-genre, it is almost a shame Sasya Fox is writing in it. If he chose a less exclusive niche, it is almost certain he would be a household n ...more
Michael
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I most certainly enjoyed Sasya Fox's Theta; it is easily the best anthropomorphic science fiction I have come across thus far, and I relished the complexity of the intrigue and the setting. Both the characters and the plot are compelling, and Sasya brings an amazing level of authenticity to the tactics and fleet actions described over the course of the novel, one that can only have been born to someone who knows much and researches more about this subject matter. Sasya Fox's characterization and ...more
Alice
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: furry, scifi
To the crew of the space liner, Theta is a mystery: arriving with explicit instructions from a shadowy benefactor, he is installed in the most luxurious cabin available, but too drugged or damaged to know or care. When he and the gentle Arvinne are enslaved by pirates, Theta's benefactor makes a surprising choice of rescuer.

It's a journey of discovery for both Jale, catering executive turned kickass battleship captain, and Theta himself. As his memories return, he discovers innate sk
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Friday
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's a fast-paced furry scifi novel. It's got some issues; dialogue can be a bit choppy/slow, adverbs appear more often than I'd like, and I'd actually have preferred to see a few more characters die. But the characters are loveable, the world well-detailed, the plot morally grey and gripping the whole time, and the dialogue portions that aren't choppy or slow are strong. It's clear Sasya has an ear for dialogue; he just occasionally makes it so realistic it gets a little hard to read (specifica ...more
Al Muirragui
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Theta was one of the best books I’ve read, because it was cannoned off my favorite fandom/subculture, furries. I was never really a fan of sci-fi books, or Sci-Fi anything until this book, because it contains lots of detail, space travel, different planets with other life forms on it. The culture they use is a little old fashioned and, but the setting and the things they use are futuristic. Old fashioned, by the furs in this going back to the use of slaves, and it’s futuristic by using the fact ...more
Emily Finch
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theta is a beautiful story in a fascinating world, with characters who feel real. Between the intrigue, epic space battles, and character interactions I couldn’t put the book down till it was done.
Mark Engels
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vivid characterizations, rich descriptions & command-level knowledge of spacefaring bring this anthro sci-fi space epic to life.

Among the titles that secured my place in the furry fandom over thirty years ago are Steven A. Gallacci's "Erma Felna, EDF" and "Birthright". Author Fox channels much of what I loved about those comics, including vivid characterizations and a commanding knowledge of both physics and spacefaring. Rich descriptions helped bring the characters to life--they
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Hcd
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Contains spoilers.
This is not sci fi. Science fiction could happen. It's based on science, hence the name. Speculative futurecasting. Fantasy writings cannot and will not ever be real.
I just couldn't get over the characters being based on earth animals. Or that the characters used human mannerisms and traits. I found myself sighing and rolling my eyes. I gave up trying to read the book around 10% in. I just kept thinking that this was a book for furries.
Shamim
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent
Excellent product
Malcolm F. Cross
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: furry
This is a book with an identity crisis, in a good way. On the one hand we have Theta, or at least that is the present name this character — a small fox with amnesia, dancing skills, and a hidden killer instinct – goes by. Theta’s a slave (and there are some seriously BDSMmy overtones to Theta and Theta’s home culture, though it’s never too explicit), a dancer, and tangled up in his ex-master’s plot to shake up interstellar politics. On the other we have Jale — a very recently ex-air hostess, of ...more
Brandon Rodriguez
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Theta by Sasya Fox is a book about futuristic furries in space, and the plot of a hidden weapon regains his memories. For me,at first i thought the book was confusing and boring, as i never ever read sci-fi,however but the book quickly hooked me on its plot.With the story rolling along smoothly and not a big mention of it, the furry aspect is more of a characteristic, rather than the whole book, which was nice.The book takes place is a Utopian society in space but, incorporates old tradition lik ...more
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Sasya Fox is a commercial pilot.. And a writer, too! Currently up to mischief somewhere in the northwest United States, she's most likely to be encountered flying in the wilds of Alaska or curled up somewhere with a warm cup of coffee and a laptop.

Theta is her first published work, a window into a little pocket of space
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