Mike Watson is first up with a collection of stories- Dundee Orbital: Tales of the Tri-Cluster Confederation
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Dundee Orbital is the mercantile hub of the Tri-Cluster Confederation. Millions of entities pass through the station and each has a story.
- The Face on the Barroom Floor. Donal Harris has a mystery on his hands. He has a murder victim with no fingerprints, no hair, eyebrows, ears and only a smooth oval head with no identifiable features. His DNA is not registered and he has perfect teeth. Who killed him, why, and who is he?
- Homegoing to Hollowell.
Dee-Ell Davies wants just one thing—to go home to Hollowell and he’ll do anything, even defy death, to make that happen.
- The Fenian. Fen is a naval intelligence agent who has chased his quarry across human space to Dundee Orbital. Is this the end of the chase? What does Fen’s fugitive want in Dundee Orbital? Fen, Donal Harris, and Elspeth Harris are determined to discover why and thwart the spy’s plans.
- Li’l Annie. Part I. Annie Griffin is a bounty hunter who arrives at Dundee Orbital with four fugitive warrants. Senior Patroller Henry Hillman is assigned to observe her pursuit and insure the proper protocols and procedures are followed. During the hunt, propinquity leads to a growing relationship between the two. When Henry and Annie are wounded capturing their last fugitive, that relationship deepens.
- Li’l Annie. Part II. If Annie wants to stay on the station, she needs a new job. Her tenure as a bounty hunter is over and it’s time for her life to take a new direction, but what to do? She only has one skill. But, is there a demand for it?
Karl Gallagher is next up with a new novel in a new series- Storm between the Stars
Niko Landry and his crew thought a routine hyperspace survey would be easy money. But when the barrier separating their homeworld from the rest of the human race opens, they seize the chance to go exploring . . . finding an empire more dangerous than they imagined.
And a couple of short stories… First is Cedar Sanderson’s The Violet Mouse
There are things in the lab no-one ever talks about.
How far would you go to save a friend’s last hope?
Three friends, one fateful conversation. You can’t let your closest friends do something drastic, not if you can help it. When one of you has a a brilliant mind, another is a skeptic, and the last one is willing to be a guinea pig… should you stop them?
A short story.
Last but not least, Martin Wilsey- Piper’s Run: Tales from Lumina Station
Jules Piper was the Engineer on a small deep-space freighter. She thought she was having a bad day when she discovered the water reclamation system had failed.
With no way to collect ice and more than three weeks to their destination, her Captain decided to make a stop.
It was the right planet. It was also the wrong time…
A short story
All good reads, and a great way to kill a few hours in the heat of the day!!!