Home Page

Welcome to the home page of Christopher L. Bennett, author of original and tie-in science fiction.

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.

About the Author

Written Worlds Blog

COMING MAY 2019

Star Trek The Captain's Oath cover

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.

On sale May 28, 2019 from:

 


NOW AVAILABLE

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?

Available exclusively in PDF download from:

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.

Available exclusively in PDF download from:

 


NOW AVAILABLE

(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

Available in trade paperback and e-book from:

 

UPCOMING FICTION

Coming soon: Crimes of the Hub: Collecting the second trilogy of “Hub” comedy-SF stories from Analog Science Fiction and Fact, this time merged into a short fix-up novel.

Date to be announced: “The Melody Lingers”: My first published fantasy story, and my first sale to Galaxy’s Edge Magazine.

Date to be announced: Short story in eSpec Books’ Footprints in the Stars anthology. Details to follow.

Coming August 2019: Star Trek Adventures: Strange New Worlds: Mission Compendium Vol. 2: Contains 10 adventure scenarios for the tabletop RPG, including one by me.


STILL AVAILABLE

Analog SF&F Nov/Dec 2018

“Hubstitute Creatures”

The epic conclusion to the second trilogy of Hub stories. Appearing in the November/December 2018 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

To protect Nashira’s future, she, David, Rynyan, and their friends must brave the heart of Hub civilization in the ultimate form of disguise — but will they even recognize themselves when it’s over?

 

Print issue:

Download via:

 


Analog_SepOct2018“…And He Built a Crooked Hub”

The second installment in the new Hub trilogy, and the craziest one yet! Appearing in the September/October 2018 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Nashira, Rynyan, David, and Julio get caught up in a four-dimensional bedroom farce when David’s tesseract-based hotel suite goes haywire — and their relationships along with it!

  • “There are plenty of laughs along the way.” — Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank

Print issue:

Download via:

 


Analog May/June 2018 cover

“Hubpoint of No Return”

Nashira, David, and Rynyan return in the first of a new trio of comedy-SF adventures! Appearing in the May/June 2018 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

When a hidden vault filled with inexplicable artifacts is discovered in the Network, David, Nashira, and Rynyan must race a band of treasure hunters to claim its contents. (Description from Analog site.)

  • “The best part of the story is the characters, who keep managing to be predictable in unexpected ways.” — Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank
  • “While not necessarily great art, it’s fine entertainment.” — Jason McGregor, Tangent Online
  • “Another fun, wild tale!” — Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

Print issue:

Download via:

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!

Now in trade paperback! Available from:

And as an e-book from:



Also available

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

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

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

“No Dominion”: Original novelette appearing in DayBreak Magazine


Fiction by Christopher L. Bennett

Original FictionOriginal Fiction

Star Trek FictionStar Trek Fiction

Marvel FictionMarvel Fiction

 News and Interviews

Advertisements