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The Enterprise and I At the age of five and a half, I saw my first episode of Star Trek, believing it to be a show about a strange airplane that only flew at night.  As I continued watching, I discovered what those points of light in the sky really were.  This awakened a lifelong fascination with space, science and speculative fiction.  I devoured Asimov, Clarke, and books on astronomy and physics.  I often made up Trek-universe stories set a century after Kirk’s adventures (an idea years ahead of its time), but soon shifted to creating my own original universe.  I eventually realized I did this pretty well, and deluded myself into thinking I could make a career out of it.  So far, that delusion has been working out for me.

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Analog_SepOct2019“Conventional Powers”

A tale of Emerald Blair (the Green Blaze) set after Only Superhuman. Visit a superhero convention… in a world of actual superheroes!

Appearing in the September/October 2019 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

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Footprints in the Stars

Footprints in the Stars (Beyond the Cradle Book 2)

To follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before, first we must find them.

Dreaded hope settles over mankind as we stare into the heavens, looking for a sign we are not alone. Fearing we will find it, puzzled when we don’t.

Among the stars or in our own backyard, lose yourself in the wonder of these tales as we humbly posit mankind’s reaction to the awesome certainty that ‘they’ are out there…or at least, they were…

Footprints in the Stars

With stories by Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward, Aaron Rosenberg, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jody Lynn Nye, Christopher L. Bennett, James Chambers, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Judi Fleming, and Bryan J.L. Glass

Featuring “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” a brand-new tale of the founder of Only Superhuman‘s Troubleshooter Corps!

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Crimes of the Hub

The hapless heroes of Hub Space return with new jobs, new allies, and new adventures at the heart of the galaxy, in a novel expanded and revised from stories originally appearing in Analog.

Just when cynical space pilot Nashira Wing has finally started to enjoy helping David LaMacchia with his clueless quest to crack the secrets of the Hub Network, he’s hijacked by a crew of kittenish thieves and trapped in the treasure vault of a far older civilization. What he finds there gives Nashira a shot at the score of a lifetime—but changes David’s life in ways that threaten their friendship. To keep the devious masters of the Hub from getting their tentacles on Nashira’s prize, she and David must mend frayed relationships and navigate new ones, all while facing adventures in larceny, sex, bureaucracy, hyperspatial geometry, and radical body modification. Can they come through it all with their hearts, their identities, and their dignity intact?

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“The Melody Lingers”: My first published fantasy story, a tale of magic and grief channeled through music, appearing in issue #39 of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine.

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Cover by Stephan Martiniere

Star Trek: The Original Series — The Captain’s Oath

The saga of James T. Kirk’s historic command of the U.S.S. Enterprise is known throughout the galaxy. But one part of the legend has barely been touched upon until now: the story of Kirk’s first starship command and the remarkable achievements by which Starfleet’s youngest captain earned the right to succeed Christopher Pike as the commander of the famous Enterprise.

From his early battles with the Klingons to the rescue of endangered civilizations, Kirk grapples with difficult questions: Is he a warrior or a peacemaker? Should he obey regulations or trust his instincts? This thrilling novel illustrates the events and choices that would shape James T. Kirk into one of the most renowned captains in Starfleet history.

  • “Bennett does not disappoint. Inspired by real-world events, current scientific speculation, and a hefty dose of social allegory, “The Captain’s Oath” weaves adventurous wanderings with new alien life forms, interesting extrapolations of planetary environment theory, and a strong, passionate commentary on the challenges and perspectives that surround extending welcome to those who have lost everything.” — Robert Lyons, Treksphere
  • ” Bennett… is almost certainly the best Star Trek novelist at deploying real science in a way that works with the Star Trek mythos, and he has such a solid command of the Star Trek canon that his books always feel totally grounded in the Star Trek universe.” — Alex Perry, TrekCore
  • “If you’re a fan of Kirk, you’ll love this.” — TrekToday

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STACallBackYesterdayStar Trek Adventures: “Call Back Yesterday”

My role-playing game debut, written for the era of The Next Generation, but adaptable to other eras.

This standalone 21 page PDF adventure by Christopher L. Bennett for the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game has your Starfleet crew relive past memories, on a strange, abandoned planet.

Can you escape your delusions and uncover what’s really going on?

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STA_The_Gravity_of_the_CrimeStar Trek Adventures: “The Gravity of the Crime”

Will you violate the Prime Directive?

Welcome commander…  Your orders are go undercover on the pre-contact planet of Kalmur to investigate the accidental death of a Federation observer.

When a Kalmuri experiment into artificial gravity goes wildly wrong, an experimental device explodes crushing everyone within the test lab, including a Starfleet scientist, Lieutenant Li, who had infiltrated the project as an observer.

Sent to investigate this apparently accidental death, your team is confronted by a Kalmuri detective, Lanox, who is convinced the deaths are the result of sabotage.

Can you solve this classic locked-room murder mystery without violating Starfleet’s Prime Directive?

Set during the TNG era, this adventure also contains advice for adaptation to other eras including The Original Series.

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UPCOMING FICTION

September:

STA Strange New Worlds Mission Compendium

Star Trek Adventures: Strange New Worlds: Mission Compendium Vol. 2

Contains 10 adventure scenarios for the tabletop RPG, including one by me.

Late 2019:

Arachne’s Crime: Book 1 of an interstellar saga in the universe of Among the Wild Cybers and Only Superhuman. The crew of the starship Arachne makes first contact in the worst possible way, accidentally destroying a vast alien space habitat. Put on trial by the survivors, the crew must choose whether to accept a lifetime of penance… or fight for their freedom at any cost.

March 2020:

Star Trek: The Original Series — The Higher Frontier: An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure featuring James T. Kirk!

Investigating the massacre of a telepathic minority, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise confront a terrifying new threat: faceless, armored hunters whose extradimensional technology makes them seemingly unstoppable. Kirk must team with the powerful telepath Miranda Jones and the enigmatic Medusans to take on these merciless killers in an epic battle that will reveal the true faces of both enemy and ally!

Sometime in 2020:

Arachne’s Exile: Book 2 of the Arachne duology expands the saga of crime and consequences to a galactic scale, as the crew of Arachne is drawn into a cosmic conspiracy spanning millennia — and learns that humanity may be the victim of a far more ancient crime.


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The prior adventures of the Hub gang can be found here:

Hub Space: Tales from the Greater GalaxyHub Space: Tales from the Greater Galaxy

The Hub is the most important place in the galaxy — the single point through which all interstellar travel must pass. Yet no one in the galaxy understands how it works. David LaMacchia, an unimportant man from an unimportant planet called Earth, is determined to change that. He’s got no qualifications and no skills. His only friends are a cynical, sharp-tongued space pilot named Nashira Wing and a smugly philanthropic alien named Rynyan, and they both think he’s crazy. On top of that, the powers that profit from the Hub might just be trying to kill him. Still… that won’t stop David from trying to prove that humanity can make a difference to the greater galaxy.

Now the tales of the Hub from the pages of Analog are collected for the first time in one volume, newly revised and expanded! Includes “The Hub of the Matter,” “Home is Where the Hub Is,” and “Make Hub, Not War,” plus exclusive bonus material!

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Further adventures in the Troubleshooter/Arachne universe:

(Robot and Cover Design by Mike McPhail, McP Digital Graphics)Among the Wild Cybers: Tales Beyond the Superhuman

When the line between life and technology blurs, humanity must adjust its understanding of the universe. From bestselling author Christopher L. Bennett comes Among the Wild Cybers, eight tales portraying a future of challenge and conflict, but also of hope born from the courage and idealism of those heroes willing to stand up for what is right.

  • An intrepid naturalist risks her future to save a new form of life that few consider worth saving.
  • An apprentice superhero must stand alone against an insane superintelligence to earn her name.
  • A cybernetic slave fights to save her kind from a liberation not of their choosing.
  • A seasoned diplomat and mother must out-negotiate fearsome alien traders to save a colony’s children.
  • A homicide detective serves in a world where curing death has only made murder more baffling.

These and other heroes strive to make their corners of the universe better—no matter how much the odds are stacked against them.

Includes the brand-new tale, Aspiring to Be Angels, prequel to the novel Only Superhuman.

“A good gift for… anyone who could benefit from a gentle introduction to science fiction in general.” — Don Sakers, “The Reference Library,” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Nov/Dec 2018

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“Twilight’s Captives”: Original novelette appearing in Jan/Feb 2017 Analog Science Fiction and Fact, still available on Magzter 

“Abductive Reasoning”: A comedy short story in the September/October 2017 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, still available on Magzter

“The Caress of a Butterfly’s Wing”: Original novelette appearing in Buzzy Mag

“No Dominion”: Original novelette appearing in DayBreak Magazine


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