Draconia: Forging Trust

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Franz Hansen

Publisher : Eloquent

ABOUT Franz Hansen

Franz Hansen
 I hail from Fremont, CA, where I was born, raised, and am currently living with my parents. I am the seventh of seven children, with three older brothers and three older sisters -- three of whom are married and have moved out.


Humans arrive on Draconia hoping to establish a colony when they encounter the dragon-like natives. Paranoia by the commander of the survey party leads to a violent misunderstanding, which sparks suspicion among the dragons. Audwin McClance, an ensign on his first mission, and Varthikes, an adolescent dragon, form a fast friendship and fight for a peaceful coexistence between their two kinds. But can they overcome the suspicions and misconceptions that their respective worlds have for each other?

In 1999, inspired by Star Trek, I began creating my own science fiction Universe. Over the next five years, I wrote a series of 45 short stories and my first novel, all set in that Universe. I first looked into publication in 2001/02, but I was too short (50 pages). In 2004, I had a sudden, unquenchable interest in dragons. But, I still loved science fiction and continued writing in my Universe. By January 2005, inspired by Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern and getting an idea from an episode of the original Star Trek, I created my own dragonworld set in my Universe. And so, Draconia was born. Draconia was originally going to be a trilogy of short stories. But, I found that there was just so much I could do with it. Once I had united the short stories into one story, dropped the word limit, and applied what I had picked up from my novel-reading, ideas flowed. The original story, Draconia: Forging Trust, has since become mother to a series of her own.

From a reader:

"The book could have benefited from a more diligent editor, but wrong word choice (your instead you're) and stray words left in a sentence as if the author intended to write a passage one way and then changed his mind aside, I found the story entertaining and I recommend this for anyone who likes intelligent dragon stories and who also enjoyed The Dragonriders of Pern."