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Stuck Station by John Crandall

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Containment Facility One is ancient, beautiful, and broken.

Built eons ago in a parallel universe, the massive space station keeps the Destroyer—a genocidal and nearly omnipotent alien being—imprisoned. The Destroyer has already devoured all life in countless dimensions, and if he escapes, our universe is next.

Unfortunately, the Containment Facility One crew is trapped too. That’s why they call it Stuck Station.

It’s 2713 A.D. and human Jeskabel Dot Com, heir to the vast DotCom family fortune, has had enough of Containment Facility One. After five years of “voluntary” service, and the Destroyer’s latest murder plot, she’ll do anything to get back to her universe. Even if it means reaching out to the former flame she dumped hard.

When disgraced mechanic Daniel Wei receives Jeska’s distress message, he jumps at the chance to reconnect with the one that got away. On the run from an intergalactic mobster, Daniel and his two friends—a former killing machine turned pacifist and a brilliant but arrogant artificially intelligent pilot—risk their lives to rescue Jeska. But the trio has no idea they’re about to become the latest prisoners of Stuck Station.

With a crew of alien misfits, a hoard of malfunctioning nanobot swarms, and, of course, the Destroyer—a creature brilliant, manipulative, and really, really irritating—Daniel will need the help of his friends, both new and old, to stay sane and stay alive on Stuck Station.

And maybe, just maybe, save the multiverse. Because something is approaching Daniel’s dimension at frightening speed. And it’s much, much worse than the Destroyer.

Note: Stuck Station is unfinished, and will likely remain so.

An abandoned novel

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Listed: Feb 15, 2011

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Feb 15, 2011: Reminds me a bit of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or maybe the Myth Alliances books in tone. Each episode is short and easy to read, and amusing.

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The Prison at the End of the Universe

By ubersoft, author of A Rake by Starlight

Aug 19, 2011: "Stuck Station" is what the inhabitants of Containment Facility One have taken to calling their home. It’s called "Stuck Station" because they’re just as trapped there as the actual prisoner is. Stuck Station is a hyper-dimensional prison. The prisoner, known as the Destroyer, is a threat to every reality—it destroys universes. It wants to escape. The people assigned to man the station also want to escape. One of them learns how, and tries to lure an ex-boyfriend to the station in order to get away.

Author John Crandall is obviously influenced by Douglas Adams, but Stuck Station shouldn’t be considered a clone. It owes a lot to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in much the same way high fantasy owes a lot to The Lord of the Rings: just because a book can define a genre, that doesn’t mean other books are relegated to being pale copies. Stuck Station is a comedy, and it’s obviously a comedy in the tradition of Hitchhikers, but it stands on its own. It’s well-written, the characters are all distinct (though, given the genre, "believable" requires a certain redefinition of the term), the plot is interesting, and it’s FUNNY. The updates are short and breezy and so far I find myself liking all the characters, even the bad guys.

If you’re looking for a science fiction comedy, Stuck Station is strongly recommended.

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