Snail's Pace

Snail's Pace (book) by Susan Wachtman. Book cover.
Susan Wachtman

22 February, 2023

Snail’s Pace is a quirky space opera about a Victorian woman who becomes governess to a space alien snail. Will her strict sensibilities allow Susannah to tutor a creature who leaves a slimy trail?

Overly self-confident, Susannah accepts an offer to become the governess to a young foreigner on a ship. She does not expect the ship to be in space, or the foreign child to be an alien snail. Nevertheless, she throws herself into the job of bringing Victorian decorum to the natives.

Susannah is accused of spying and put on trial in an alien court. She must challenge the law of the aliens to save herself — and her young and slimy student.

Author's Notes

Snail's Pace is not just a space opera -- it's a commentary on attitudes and prejudices which are held by every society about its own cultural norms.

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Book Awards

  • 2nd place in Publishing Online's $10,000 novel contest

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