THE HORIZON CROSSOVER SERIES
Imagine waking up after a space battle, finding your crew has been decimated, your ship badly damaged, and you have no idea where you are. Even when you get your equipment working again, you realize you’re in an area of space no one of your species has ever been before.
Lost, and alone.
Temms Rogers has been a commander for the space alliance Confederation for many years, making service his career. But when the Confederation starts bullying planetary governments into submitting to its rule, Rogers and other officers object. Their rebellion leads to a full-out space battle that threatens Rogers’ ship, the Doubtful, as well as several others commanded by his rebel friends. Faced with imminent death, Rogers orders his crew to activate an alien technology installed in their ship for testing. The device says it is to be used at a “desperate” moment. No one is really sure exactly what will happen–whether the device is a weapon to destroy an enemy or perhaps a shield to protect them.
What does happen, as you see on the cover above, is the device opens a startling, scarlet wormhole into a new universe. The Doubtful arrives in this untested space, critically damaged from the fight, more than half its crew dead.
The first obstacle? He discovers he’s not quite alone. His former commander Jal Burko, bent on revenge, hasn’t given up the fight, determined to punish Rogers for the rebellion he led.
Desperate, the clock ticking, Rogers enlists an assortment of people to help him rebuild and repair his ship, many of them misfits who deserve a second chance, each with a special talent to share: a runaway bride, a 17-year old navigation whiz sold into slavery, a cocky xenophobic engineer, a pair of genetically engineered lizard-humans. He even finds
a friend aboard he never expected.
A chance meeting with an economic power called the Consortium brings Rogers powerful friends, and the key to putting the clues of this alien technology together. But the appearance of a strange autistic boy, abandoned in the Doubtful’s cargo bay, becomes the catalyst that may save the ship and its crew from Burko’s single-minded hatred when all else fails.
HORIZON SHIFT is the first in the Horizon Crossover series.
In Book II of the Horizon Crossover series, Captain Temms Rogers and the crew of the spaceship Doubtful are caught between a powerful interplanetary group called the Agency and mystical beings known as the Ancients in a struggle to discover the secrets of a mysterious derelict space station.
The Agency has finally had enough of Captain Rogers’ urging for democracy in their region of space. Rogers soon realizes the Agency intends to use him and the crew of the Doubtful for their purposes or else. Can he gather the other captains of the sector in rebellion against the Agency, with all its echoes of his earlier battle against the Confederation, and bring down their repressive regime? Or will Rogers once again lead his crew into a fight they cannot win?
Check out snippets of HORIZON SHIFT that were shared at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday:
A post at the home of fantasy writer MARIAN ALLEN: http://www.marianallen.com/2013/04/happy-birthday-to-shifty-babs/
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Thanks for the photos to NASA and to sweetie187 at Flickr–beautiful work!