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Sideways in Hyperspace by Sagebrysh

The Universe is Bigger Than you Think 

It’s 2219. Just 20 years ago, humanity unlocked the secrets to faster than light travel, and a new rush to the stars began. As the human race takes its first tentative steps in interstellar exploration, an ancient galaxy-spanning conflict threatens to swallow up the young species.

Mission Commander Ivy Czininski has stumbled into first contact with intelligent alien life just 12 light years from Earth, and this shocking discovery will send ripples throughout Sol, and beyond. As the full implications of this meeting are felt, nations will rise and fall, and the future course of humanity will be altered forever.

Mining Foreman Owen McGregor just wants to keep his somewhat estranged family safe from the deadly harms of deep space, a prospect that becomes much harder when enormous alien mining ships begin taking their world apart at the seams.

This is the story of humanity’s first steps onto the galactic stage.

Note: Sideways in Hyperspace contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Solid and suspenseful sci fi

By Fiona Gregory, editor

May 25, 2017: Yay! Some real sci-fi,sufficiently convincing and well thought out at least for me. It takes place two hundred years in the future, as humanity has become a fully fledged spacefaring race and is venturing out into the galaxy, about to meet some of its other inhabitants. And about to fall in way over their heads into a cosmic crisis.

The story is unfolding quite slowly, as perspective shifts back and forth between the crew of an exploratory spacecraft, a mining vessel and its corporate headquarters, and teenage residents of a colony ship which is now somewhat redundant due to the invention of FTL travel. I’ve read quite a large chunk, although not all that has been posted to date (updates seem to be frequent and consistent, very good sign), and it seems like the plot is only just getting started. This is mostly for the good, as it gives time to establish some world building, character development, and suspense. I’ll say so far nothing I have read has been super original, in comparison with all the other science fiction I have read over the years, but it is solid, vividly written, and interesting enough to hold my attention. I felt the wonder, trepidation, and horror along with the characters. LIke them, I have no idea what is going to happen next.

And apparently two hundred years from now, electronic implants in our retinas (yuck!) will replace cell phones for communications and data, but rebellious teens will still wear band shirts and cargo pants.

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