OK, one of them. Made the following comment elsewhere :
In trying to describe The January Dancer (especially the cultural mixing), I once described it as "a combination of Dune, Firefly and The Maltese Falcon, as told by an Irish bard in an Indian restaurant."Should he consent, I'll put his name to it; but I am ROFLOL.
It is apt. I wrote the early version in HS and College, inspired in part by Dune. And I did have the Maltese Falcon in mind as a background. Firefly had not been invented yet.