East of the Sun, my only short story, sprang from a collaboration with other authors on a central theme. What if aliens sent a probe to Earth, and what if the probe could take any male or female human form? How would it have witnessed Earth’s most pivotal moments?
Because it was part of a “series,” the authors agreed to standardize the appearance of the books. The “Vitruvian man” by Leonardo da Vinci symbolizes Prometheus, the probe, and appears on all the covers. However, each cover also has art that speaks directly to that period in history covered in the short story.
East of the Sun explores how Ferdinand Magellan got his hands on the first map of the world, and how Prometheus aided in the transfer of that priceless knowledge. The picture of the sailing ship in the background is actually from the Magellan expedition. It’s a short, enjoyable read for science fiction fans and anyone who enjoys alternate history. If you enjoy East of the Sun, you can check out the other Prometheus stories in the anthology.