TERRA IS BACK
and this time the trilogy is complete
Mitch Benn has written three Sci-Fi novels. The Terra Trilogy is a series for young readers (and adults who remember being one) which follows Terra, a human girl raised by aliens, on her adventures across the galaxy.
The first two books, Terra and Terra’s World, were originally published in 2013 and 2014 to wide acclaim, including glowing reviews in The Times and The Independent. Terra was also listed in The Guardian’s Top 10 Sci-Fi books of the year.
The long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy, Terra’s War, was released on 15th March 2021. The first two books were also relaunched with new cover art and marketing support. The trilogy is available in paperback and ebook formats, from major retailers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes & Noble.
So why the seven year gap? Mitch explains, “I always knew how Terra’s adventure was going to end. But when my previous publisher didn’t commission the third book, I had no way of getting the story out. It was a very bruising experience and, I won’t lie, almost put me off writing forever. However, the sense of irresolution became overwhelming. So when the pandemic halted all live comedy, I thought ‘it’s now or never’. I’m so relieved Terra finally has an ending to her epic story. Now I can move on to my next novel, due out in late 2021.”
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NICE PLANET. SHAME ABOUT THE HUMANS.
Like everyone from the planet Fnrr, Lbbp has his doubts about the human race. Unlike most Fnrrns, Lbbp, being a scientist, pays regular secret visits to the planet Earth.
On one such visit, Lbbp makes an unexpected discovery and is faced with an extraordinary dilemma. The choice he makes will change everything, on his world and on ours.
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PRONUNCIATIONS IN THE TERRA TRILOGY
Lbbp from Hrrng on the planet Fnrr? Help!
Mitch explains: "When Terra was first released, the question I was asked most often was 'how on Earth do you pronounce the names?'
Terra has grown up on the distant planet of Fnrr, and the Fnrrns' speech mechanisms are different to humans. Their languages consist of clipped, clickety sounds with almost no vowels. That's why their words are spelled as little clusters of consonants.
You're free to pronounce the Fnrrn words in the Terra books however you want, but in case you're wondering, this is how I pronounce some of the main characters and places ..."
A distant planet of many scientifically-advanced nations (and the G'grk)
A beautiful world of purple vegetation, a pink sky and a ring of six moons.
All Fnrrn languages are clipped and clickety with little in the way of vowels.
The island nation on the planet Fnrr on which Terra grows up
The capital city, Hrrng [Huh-rung], is where most of our story takes place, and is dominated by the Preceptorate, the vast teaching establishment where Lbbp works.
A war-like people on Fnrr who have rejected science and enlightenment in favour of honour, valour and conquest
The G'grk are the same species as other Fnrrns, but a completely different culture. Their language is similarly vowel-less but much more guttural.
Scientist at Hrrng Preceptorate and Terra's adoptive father
Most likely to say: "Oh dear me ..."
Least likely to say: "Let's just do it and worry about the consequences later!"
Terra's insanely smart, precocious and enthusiastic best friend
Most likely to say: Everything.
Least likely to say: "Um ... I'm not sure."
Terra's sweet, shy and ever-so-slightly clumsy best friend
Most likely to say: "But shouldn't we ... um ... no, wait, erm ..."
Least likely to say: "I'll go first!"