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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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Arachne’s Crime

Book 1 of an interstellar saga in the universe of Among the Wild Cybers and Only Superhuman.

Is this a dream… or a nightmare? 

The crew of the interstellar colony vessel Arachne is roused from artificial hibernation to face a horrific reality, as an alien boarding party takes them into custody to answer for the deaths of tens of thousands of sentient beings.

But there is more to their trial than meets the eye, and the threads of intrigue weave a tight web as crewmates and friends are divided between those who feel they owe restitution for the actions of the ship’s AI in their defense, and those who refuse to bow down to a judgment they see as persecution.

What future can they hope to build among aliens who see them as mass murderers… presuming they have a future at all?

Arachne’s Exile

Book 2 of the Arachne duology.

What a tangled web…

When the colony starship Arachne unwittingly destroyed a deep-space habitat of the Chirrn, her crew committed themselves to a lifetime of penance to repay their debt. But a brutal act of vengeance has now forced them into exile in a distant part of the galaxy.

Drawn into a cosmic conspiracy spanning millennia, the colonists learn that the Chirrn’s ancient choices have exacted a terrible toll on human history. Now, their only way to win true freedom may be to carry out a perilous theft aboard an extraordinary megastructure orbiting a neutron star.

Will Arachne and her crew pull off the heist of the millennium? Or are they being manipulated into committing a far more awful crime… one for which all humanity could pay the price?

 

Further Arachne/Troubleshooter Universe fiction:

See my Troubleshooter and Among the Wild Cybers pages.

 


AVAILABLE MAY 11, 2021

 

SpiderMan_omnibus_coverMarvel Classic Novels – Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours Omnibus

 

Collecting three classic fan-favorite Spider-Man novels together for the first time in a brand-new omnibus edition.

THE DARKEST HOURS by Jim Butcher

When Black Cat foils Spider-Man’s attempts to stop the Rhino rampaging through Times Square, she informs him the Rhino is just a distraction. The real threat comes from a group of Ancients, members of the same race as the being called Morlun, seeking revenge for Spider-Man defeating them years before. Spidey must rely on Black Cat if there’s any hope of stopping them again, before they can steal his life force.

DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS by Keith R.A. DeCandido

A mysterious drug known as Triple X has been giving users super-powers as well as rendering them mentally and physically unstable. Only by teaming up with a police force that hates him can Spider-Man find the source behind this lethal drug and protect people from those using it. But one of Spider-Man’s most fearsome enemies may be behind it all as part of a greater scheme to bring down the city.

DROWNED IN THUNDER by Christopher L. Bennett

The ongoing conflict between Spider-Man and his longtime outspoken nemesis, crusading newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson, reaches a whole new level when JJJ exploits several mysterious attacks on Manhattan island in his propaganda war against the web-slinger.

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Further Marvel fiction:

See my Marvel Fiction page.


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ST Higher Frontier coverStar 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!

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Further Star Trek fiction:

See my Star Trek page.

 


STA Strange New WorldsStar Trek Adventures: Strange New Worlds: Mission Compendium Vol. 2

Strange New Worlds: Mission Compendium Volume 2 presents nine ready-to-play missions for Star Trek Adventures. Within this book Gamemasters will find the means to test their Starfleet officers while encountering a variety of strange new worlds and the lifeforms they contain.

Features nine adventure campaigns including one by me, The Whole of the Law.

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Further Star Trek Adventures campaigns:

See my Star Trek Adventures RPG page.

 


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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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Further Hub fiction:

See my Hub Series page.

 


PATREON FICTION

“The Cat Who Chased Her Tail Through Time”: The first story I ever tried to sell, written in 1991. A hard-science fantasy about a cosmic adventure of my family cats.

“The Moving Finger Writes”: A time traveler, weary from years of failed efforts to alter the past, finally tracks down the ancient creators of the time-travel network and demands answers. But has his own fate already been written?

“They Also Serve”: A character vignette taking place just before Only Superhuman, focusing on Emerald Blair’s mentor Arkady Nazarbayev.

“Growth Industry”: A Power Rangers/Super Sentai pastiche poking affectionate fun at certain awkward questions of logic and tactics raised by the franchise.

“Conventional Powers”: Reprinting a tale of Emerald Blair (the Green Blaze) originally published in Analog. Visit a superhero convention… in a world of actual superheroes!

“Abductive Reasoning”: FREE reprint of the 2017 Analog story. A humorous tale of a first contact between a UFO believer and a real alien, which doesn’t go at all the way either one expects.

“Comfort Zones”: A prequel story to Arachne’s Crime and Arachne’s Exile. Formerly a Kickstarter exclusive.


 

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Spider-Man Drowned in Thunder Dreamscape coverSpider-Man: Drowned in Thunder

New re-release of the 2013 GraphicAudio adaptation of my 2008 Spider-Man novel, now published by Dreamscape Media.

  • “Author Christopher L. Bennett… has found that elusive balance… accurately capturing both the flippant and the pensive aspects of everyone’s favorite web-headed wall-crawler, as well as pinning down the personalities of Spidey’s supporting cast members…. Bennett demonstrates that he has a strong grasp on Spidey canon, delivering a compelling action tale that’s also an engrossing character study.” — R. J. Carter, The Trades
  • Audiobook edition declared one of the Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Audio Theater Audiobooks of 2013 by AudioFile Magazine

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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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“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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“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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