Halfway between a silver moon and a green tinged planet, five space stations hang in orbit. The men and women who man those orbitals live a life in constant danger, both from the threats of the dangerous planet below, and from each other. Orbital Academy follows the lives of some of those men and women, their highs and lows, . . .
All they wanted to do was make a living. Amanpreet and her crew are traders and cargo haulers. It’s not the most exciting work in the galaxy but it’s lucrative and better than being stuck on a planet. Or at least it wasn’t exciting until recently. Follow the Whisper and its crew as they encounter sophont space . . .
Once upon a time, a foolhardy smuggler pulled off an impossible heist, and then was forced to do it AGAIN by people who didn’t realize he’d never done it to begin with. That was Pay Me, Bug! Now, in a Rake by Starlight, the same foolhardy smuggler must survive two revolutions and a secret Black Ops organization suffering from buyer’s . . .
Dana D’Artagnan came to Paris Satellite to become a Musketeer – instead, she became best friends with three of them: Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Now she’s tangled up in a world of swords, spaceships, zero-gravity sports, war, romance and inter-planetary politics. The solar system is on the brink of war, the government is dangerously unstable thanks to an inconvenient . . .
A young man wakes up in a prison after being falsely convicted of a high-profile murder and sentenced to life. It’s not ordinary prison though, he’s in the middle of space on a floating prison called the Labyrinth, and he’s got to escape before it’s time to make way for the next wave of forgotten prisoners. Will he find . . .
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 . . .
“Days Until Home” is going to be a 21-week long space disaster web serial. A ship on an asteroid belt mining mission, and as the mining comes to a close, a disaster disables the ship and kills most of the crew. None of the authors will know who the “real” villainous faction is, and at week 15, there will . . .
When a luxury space liner collides with an alien ship, the passengers and crew must work together to stop an invasion—because if they fail, there will be no one left to rescue them. . . .
Leta Adler is a young, well-bred Vescentian doctor who suddenly gets plucked off of her home planet by the unregistered criminal rustbucket, the Dionysian. The rustbucket she finds herself on belongs to the notorious weapons-dealing, smuggling and recklessly mad mercenary , Fiearius Soliveré and his younger brother, acclaimed engineering genius and unappreciated mechanic, Cyrus, both exiles from their home planet . . .
Legacies of the Lost Earth, Book One It’s been thousands of years since the human race fled like locusts from their dying homeworld. As a race, they’ve killed dozens of worlds since and kept right on moving. The colony world known as E-557 is different. Founded by the Rose Foundation and the Psychean Guard, its residents are dedicated to . . .
Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool’s Errand, just pulled off the job of a lifetime: against all odds, he and his crew smuggled a rare anti-aging drug out of Ur Voys, one of the most secretive and secure facilities in the Empire of the Radiant Throne. It was every smuggler’s dream, the “Big Score,” and they find themselves filthy rich . . .
Crystal Society is hard science fiction about different ways of thinking. The protagonist is the social module of a young artificial general intelligence. Born into a world that is actively hostile to her existence she must work to survive and grow. She and her siblings must contend with cyborgs, aliens, and a world full of hostile humans in order to . . .
“Bat Durstons” are welcome here. First and foremost, we publish Space Westerns: works with themes from the Western genre set in Outer-space. We border on Space Opera, Steampunk, and the Weird West. Contains fiction, poetry, music, radio-plays, and illustrated features. . . .
Jul 2, 2016: I didn’t read the first book in this series (Pay Me, Bug!) until it was published as an ebook. I’m not sure why. This time around I’m reading every post as it appears and wishing Chris updated more quickly.
If you liked Pay Me, Bug!, everything that you liked is still there: the amoral smuggler captain, the crew (even the bug), the complex political situation created by the previous book, and still more that I can’t post without spoiling the surprise.
Dec 5, 2011: I remain an indifferent reader of caper novels and am not particularly enamored of ruffians or dashing ne’er-do-wells, but Wright made me care about his cast of unlikely characters. The dialogue is superb, the characterization spot-on and the plot moves with both speed and poise, just as it should in a novel of this kind. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s extremely well-done. Plus (and a big plus it is), the formatting is clean and elegant, not always a given online or in e-books.