Four short stories set in the same universe which are the beginnings of a larger tapestry of interwoven stories. More
Four short stories set in the same universe which are the beginnings of a larger tapestry of interwoven stories.
Terosan Prime is a planet-spanning city that sits at the heart of the Terosan Galactic Republic. A democratic power that spans numerous star systems with majority control of their galaxy. Their power is only rivaled by the large consortium of corporate planest who are collectively known as Kyopix. The latter were once wealthy Terosan merchants but broke away to form their own “civilization” with a set of rules that's less restrictive. Trade between the two is prosperous and the hostility is mostly confined to heated negotiations.
The gaps between these two powers is full of independent star systems; they are the unconquered, the resistive, the destroyed, or the unknown. Living free but sandwiched between two super-powers does not make for easy living.
This is a universe of empires, computer hackers, gamblers, merchants, nomads, killers and faster-than-light travel.
Stories in this volume: "Deck 20", "Fallen Gods of Cheam", "The Pirate Queen", "Gnir's Raid".