Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins

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In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. - Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages. [Final Revision]
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About Randolph Lalonde

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe series.

Randolph Lalonde's Ebooks have been legally downloaded over one million times to date. He has made just enough to keep writing full time from sales. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.

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The First Light Chronicles Cinematic Trailer
This is the cinematic trailer for the First Light Chronicles Omnibus by Randolph Lalonde. This book is the origin point to the best selling eBook series: Spinward Fringe.

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An epic series following a group of friends who are trying to find their place in the galaxy.

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Reviews of Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins by Randolph Lalonde

Erwin Lagu reviewed on Dec. 28, 2021
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I love this sci-fi
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James Jenkins reviewed on Dec. 13, 2021

I started reading this before Covid as my commuting book. With Covid everything changed, and sometimes it was months between getting back to read more.

As a commuting book it is great, there is enough repetition in plot movement, so if you miss a line or two, you do not get lost. The same applies to not reading it for a couple or few months and starting over where you left off.

As an engaging novel, the things that make it good for commuting, make it more slow and boring to read nearly 200,000 words as a focused page turner.

My commuting days are over for now, If not I might consider reading more in the series, but as now I am looking for engaging reading during my free time, I am going to stop after reading this one.

Both the writing and editing are good, the story moves along, and there are some surprises.
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Lee Willard reviewed on April 3, 2021

A well written space opera about a mission to find technology and allies for a big space station which is isolated far from any stars. It takes place in the post-empire era when corporations each own many slave planets and very few 'free' planets remain. This begins with a very long space battle which almost made me give up on it, but only about ten percent of the story is actual fighting.

I found this to be a little like the 'World's Apart' series, but with less humor and a bit more realism. Since there is quiet a bit of conflict in this, others will find it more fun to read than I did. The world this is in is well done and consistent, if not really unique. The characters are good. there are a couple love affairs but nothing that is in the least erotic and the affairs have very little to do with the plot.

This is the first of a series. The others are not free but the author says he makes just enough from them that he doesn't have to have a day job. Congratulations. Fans of military based Sci-fi will certainly find them worth it.

I have only one complaint with the writing, there are no blank lines separating sections of a chapter. There are many places where there should be one, but they aren't there. This is a VERY common problem with writing today, in Sci-fi and in other genres, among amateurs and pros.
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Jens Granlund reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Good read
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David Donaghe reviewed on April 30, 2020

This book left me wanting more. It is an exciting read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good space opera.

David Donahe (Author of Thunder Road)
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Sarah reviewed on Nov. 8, 2018

"3 mini-novellas in 1 larger-novella be this", discernibly saith chibi-Yoda curled up by my ear, as I flipped the first page of this book. I have read novellas before, but they are usually kept for lounging by the lake on summer days, and are not my 'bread & butter' of reading.
It seems I am much too used to picking up a tome - and I mean a 500-page or more part of a saga - and getting lost in the pages before silently begging for more, to wait years for just a taste of satiety.
In fact this very writer gifted me the first book in one particular multi-tome series that is very dear to my heart, even if that series' author has been known to 'prattle on' in certain areas of that ongoing story, and may never finish the tale before she passes on. That does not stop me from continually rereading the series from the start nor proudly displaying her so far accomplishments on my ever-increasing bookshelf. I had hoped to do so for this writer as well.
That also means that I do not find it worth my while to nitpick the actual story. If one can 'become one' with the tale, then there is no need to, whether or not it is an intense drama or a puff-ball romance. But now I prattle on.
I have had the pleasure of reading this writer's earlier fantasy story that-was-never-finished, as well as his shallow dive into the 'occult' fiction and the more recent fantasy saga ongoing, and hoped that this start to a space drama would surpass his opinion of that earlier fantasy's worth, compared to what I had recalled of his writings. I do hope they did for him.
Unfortunately for myself, it does not seem that the writer took into account any, if at all, the suggestions his editor(s) (if he indeed had one) may have given him before he decided to send this particular start to a story 'to print'. Unless his editor(s) had been blowing smoke up his a$$. I hope not.
If he had, this 3 mini-novella work would have been a complete steal, a 'tease of a read', a start to a story that the reader could truly see unfolding on their mind's screen, to lose connection to the world around them. Like Gypsy Rose Lee is compared to any (loosely-phrased) 'strip-artist' nowadays. This 3 mini-novella actually was worth the price he has given it, to my chagrin. To say it simply, it saddened me.
Same goes for his 'occult' story-dabbling, and I very much hope the next part in that story goes through a heavier hand in editing as well. But I digress yet again.
Sure, anyone can find a typo here or there in even the most excruciatingly-edited story, but for the immense numbers of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and paragraph-spacing errors I came across that continuously jolted me from the story, I just wish this had been given a semblance of that preferential treatment from the writer from the very start.
Then the reader CAN focus on the story unfolding and not on the words written, even if they were written in heart's blood (preferably the writer's.)
I know it can be tortuous to have your 'life's work' pulled apart page-by-page and word-by-word. But. It. Is. Worth. It...In the end. Truly, it is.
I'm just relieved that it seemed the writer finally started to listen to the editor(s) by the end of the last mini-novella of this 'origin' story, and am hoping that the rest of this series (alongside the other many series being written) fleshes out as they should, as I will continue with each part of the sagas as they unfold and are 'published' in book-form.
Then the true title of 'Author' can and will be bestowed upon him with a lighter and more satisfied heart.
I prefer the heart's blood I imbibe to be more robust and true.
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Enoch Balthasar reviewed on Dec. 25, 2017

I absolutely loved this story and it is a great opener to the series. The action and pace is fantastic with a lot to appeal to all readers of good sci-fi. The characters are very well developed as individuals and the opening of each book with an alternative character's vignette is a great touch to keep less central characters in play during narratives where they are not so central. Like an earlier reviewer, I will be reading beyond this volume to see what happens!
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Marc Therrien reviewed on March 3, 2017

This is a fantastic opening tome for a long serie of novels. I can't wait to read the other ones. Although it is mainly a science fiction novel, there is a good mix and balance of adventure, action, romance, science and psychology in this. It also brings the question of the morality of science (cloning, artificial intelligence, genetical and memory manipulation). The technical details on future science are also very helpful.

I would recommend this book to every people who love stories of adventure in futuristic times. If someone loved TV shows like Star Trek or Stargate, he or she will love this.
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Kevin smasher84 reviewed on April 3, 2016

This is a great story. For lovers of science fiction, you can't beat it.
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Martin Klop reviewed on Dec. 3, 2015

Great read. Exciting sci-fi as I love it.
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