Respect is earned, not given.
But so is disrespect—Dannell believes.
Not everyone aboard her new ship agrees, and the crew gives its new commander a decidedly cold welcome. A brutal attack forces them to put aside their differences and work together. Fast. Before millions die.
Action and adventure abound!
A mysterious thousand-year-old starship from a hundred years in the future.
An entire colony brutally murdered.
Clashing civilizations on the brink of all-out devastating war.
A whole planet come to life, and another in the throes of destruction.
And much more!
A group of people flees, wanting only solitude to avoid any and all threats to their pacifism. When another starship discovers their hiding place, their secrecy clashes with the other crew's wish to leave.
Science fiction set in outer space often focuses on heroic soldier girls or –boys. That observation is by no means a complaint. I love so very many of those stories! But here are four adventures where the military—even if it's there—isn't the focal point.
Technology: the best—if not the only measure—by which to judge a planet? If not, what other criteria apply? And how much weight should they carry when a new world petitions to join the interplanetary union?
Thieves take advantage of a careless captain and highjack his cargo of precious gems. His friends chase after it, trying to recover it before anyone else learns of the theft—and before the thieves sell it.
A captain willing to take any steps to protect his homeworld. A doctor who believes innocent offworlders deserve protection as well. The two men: not just close friends, but shipmates as well. Can either convince the other to relent?
A fire triggers an evacuation of a packed sports stadium—mere minutes before bombs go off. No injuries, but tensions on the already contentious planet soar even higher. The crew of the Earth Military Force ship Triumph needs to find the culprits before all-out war erupts.
Evacuating a dozen scientist before catastrophe strikes: no problem. Preventing the moon-sized asteroid from slamming into a planet teeming with life: huge problem. And the researchers there expect a war-weary captian to help them solve it and avert the extinction of an entire world.
A medical crisis. Ruthless pirates. A brand new senior staff. No time for the new crew to figure each other out and forge the essential bonds of cooperation and trust before they plunge into the pandemonium. Too many lives depend on them.
An ancient artifact with religious significance and perhaps even mysterious power. Religious leaders want it to unite the planet. Military leaders want it to stop a war. Their enemies want it to prevent both.
Sacrifice. A stealth ship on a mission deep in enemy space. Their assignment: knock out the planetary defenses of a vital munitions factory so Earth's fleet can swoop in and destroy it. But at what price? And who pays?
Yuwellan: living jewels, beautiful beings comprising every shade of blue. As tiny as a few centimeters to as huge as thirty meters in diameter. They invite a human colleague to share in their people's most sacred ceremony.