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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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Now on Patreon: Guardian Angel: A 5-part serial focusing on Koyama Hikari/Troubleshooter Tenshi, who fled her upbringing as the ultimate assassin and now atones by fighting for peace. With help from a reluctant ally, Tenshi’s pursuit of a devious fugitive leads her into a confrontation with the past she hoped she had escaped. The self-contained secondary plot of a planned novel, previewed as a Patreon serial.

Current review series: The Orville

 

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“Though Worlds Divide Us”: Online flash fiction from Amazing Stories Magazine, about a proud Mars colonist unhappy at the impact of easy multiverse travel. Set in the “Braneworlds” continuity of my self-published Patreon story “What Slender Threads”.

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“Aleyara’s Descent”: An epic adventure from the history of an alien world, in the May/June 2023 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. “When an encounter with a ghost suggests to young Aleyara that there may be a world beyond the one told of in her species’ stories about their arboreal home, she and a band of friends set out to discover the truth, but their biggest challenge may yet be waiting for them even if they can make it home . . .”

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Star Trek Adventures: Lower Decks: Lurkers

Starfleet has given your crew instructions to perform a long-overdue maintenance overhaul on Subspace Relay Station 2103. The situation becomes complicated (of course it does) when the maintenance team discovers that a malfunction has caused the transmission of classified signals that could have been intercepted by the cultures of a nearby planet.

Shawan II is home to a pre-warp humanoid civilization at a late 20th-century Earth level that appears to have made a pop-culture phenomenon out of the potentially classified Starfleet data (great idea, wish I’d thought of it). The crew of your ship must ensure that the leaked data doesn’t compromise Starfleet in any way. Someone’s going to have to go down to the planet but the senior crew could be recognised by fans of the Starfleet transmissions. So it falls to some intrepid and ingenious ensigns to sneak onto the planet, engage with fans and critics at a convention, and sort this mess out (what could possibly go wrong??).

Although this is a standalone adventure, a one-page mission brief provides inspiration for continuing the mission.

This 21-page PDF adventure for the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game is written by Christopher L. Bennett, and is set in the Lower Decks era with the player characters being the junior officers of a Starfleet vessel. This adventure also contains advice on adaptation for use in campaigns based in other Star Trek eras and/or senior members of the crew.

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Tangent Knights Series Set

Includes all three Tangent Knights volumes: Caprice of Fate, Tempest Tossed, and Gemini Ascendant.

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Tangent Knights 3: Gemini Ascendant

 

In a world where communication with parallel tangent Earths, known as “realms”, has brought a disruptive influx of new beliefs and scientific innovation, college-student and fangirl Corazon Kagami continues to discover astonishing new facets to the abilities she’s unexpectedly acquired in the accident that transformed her into Tangent Knight Caprice, the foremost of a growing ensemble of armored super-warriors very much like the heroes and villains of her favorite tokusatsu shows.

After a very personal betrayal, Malika Ramos, AKA Tangent Knight Gemini, finds herself captive of a powerful agency that polices the multiverse for inter-realm threats. They intend to use her as the means to lethally put down what they see as a threat disturbingly similar to the one that all but wiped out the highly advanced civilization of the Cefal. The menace at hand is Malika’s teammate Cory Kagami, Tangent Knight Caprice. And many of Cory’s comrades-in-arms have begun to suspect the danger is real.

Caprice’s ever-evolving, ever more godlike powers have triggered an intervention that will pit warrior against warrior, as Caprice refuses to turn away from a destiny that may save her tragically damaged family, or lead to horrific multi-versal catastrophe.

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Tangent Knights 2: Tempest Tossed

Tangent Knights Tempest TossedGraphicAudio’s spectacular original super-heroic series powers on to new heights of action and intrigue, available in no other format!

In a world where communication with parallel Tangent Earths has brought a disruptive influx of new beliefs and scientific innovation, college-student and fangirl Corazon Kagami continues to discover astonishing new facets to the abilities she’s unexpectedly acquired in the accident that transformed her into Tangent Knight Caprice, the foremost of a growing ensemble of armored super-warriors very much like the heroes and villains of her favorite tokusatsu shows.

Earth-shattering revelations about her technology magnate mother Morgan Herrera and her cyborg security team Fireforce have put Cory on the side of Matrix, the interdimensional law enforcement agency tasked with bringing Morgan to justice. Daniel Vajra, the Tangent Knight called Tempest, is increasingly driven by his pursuit of vengeance against those responsible for his sister Meera’s death, and an astonishing confrontation with Fireforce’s powerful new warrior pushes him over the edge. Tempest’s desperate use of dangerous, largely untested cutting-edge tangent tech weaponry in his vengeful quest sends him out of control, a menace to foe and friend alike.

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Tangent Knights 1: Caprice of Fate

 

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In the year 2046, on the artificial-island arcology of New Avalon, Corazón “Cory” Kagami is a bright but impulsive college student who follows her passions, resisting the will of her mother, Morgan Herrera, head of a tech conglomerate responsible for astonishing breakthroughs. Morgan controls Catchfire Industries, and is effectively the ruler of New Avalon through her near-monopoly of its technology and through the numerous government officials she keeps in her pocket.

In a world where communication with parallel Tangent Earths has brought a disruptive influx of new beliefs and scientific innovation, Morgan promotes a strong defense against threats from within and beyond this world, developing advanced personal armor and weaponry for her cyborg peacekeeping team Fireforce.

When Cory is accidentally empowered with the most advanced armor system yet, Morgan tries to renew her bond with her daughter and train her to be a hero, a decision she may come to regret. Cory Kagami, a fan of Japanese tokusatsu action entertainment, has her own ideas about what it means to be a hero.

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AudioFile Earphones Award winner, January 2022! “This is an aural treat for sci-fi fans everywhere.”

“[Tangent Knights] is a very nifty concept and is incredibly enjoyable.” — Keith R.A. DeCandido

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An interstellar saga in the universe of Among the Wild Cybers and Only Superhuman.

Arachne’s Crime

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?

“Christopher L. Bennett is a master of words and worlds — readers of his books can always count on being carried away on a fascinating ride!” — John Jackson Miller, author of Star Wars: Kenobi and Star Trek: Discovery – The Enterprise War

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Arachne’s Exile

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?

“A different treatment of the relationship between humans and aliens. Arachne’s Exile is a fun, exciting read.” — Don Sakers, Analog

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The Arachne Omnibus

A deluxe volume available in trade paperback and e-book editions plus a limited-edition hardcover, collecting both Arachne’s Crime and Arachne’s Exile along with the prequel story “Comfort Zones” (for the first time in print) and the connected followup stories “The Weight of Silence,” and “Among the Wild Cybers of Cybele.”

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Further Arachne/Troubleshooter Universe fiction:

See my Troubleshooter and Among the Wild Cybers pages.

 


 

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Star Trek Adventures: Native Soil

Assisting an archeological team on the planet Avalon leads to a shocking discovery and entangles the crew in a momentous cultural dilemma.

Your orders are to assist an archaeological team being led by an old friend of one of the ship’s command personnel. The planet’s original civilization was wiped out thousands of years ago by a radiation burst. Thankfully, the planet is no longer in danger and a new civilization has since flourished there.

The away team provides support at the digsite and are present when survivors of the original civilization are unearthed, held in stasis. This discovery will help answer a great archaeological puzzle, but poses an even greater challenge when the revived ancients make claims to the planet now inhabited by a new civilization.  

Avalon is an independent colony and the Federation cannot dictate a solution, but the crew are invited to mediate in an attempt to relieve the impasse of ideals and demands. The away team’s advocates face difficult choices and protests from both sides–can they calm the situation and find a solution agreeable to all parties?

Although this is a standalone adventure, a one-page mission brief provides inspiration for continuing the mission.

This 22-page PDF adventure for the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game is written by Christopher L. Bennett, and is set during The Next Generation era with the player characters being the crew of a Starfleet vessel. This adventure also contains advice on adaptation for use in campaigns based in other Star Trek eras.

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Further Star Trek Adventures campaigns:

See my Star Trek Adventures RPG page.

 


 

Star Trek: The Original Series — Living Memory

TOS_Living_Memory_coverAn all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure!

While attempting to settle in as commandant of Starfleet Academy, Admiral James T. Kirk must suddenly contend with the controversial, turbulent integration of an alien warrior caste into the student body—and quickly becomes embroiled in conflict when the Academy controversy escalates to murder. Meanwhile, Captain Spock of the USS Enterprise and Commander Pavel Chekov of the USS Reliant are investigating a series of powerful cosmic storms seemingly targeting Federation worlds—unstoppable outbursts emitting from the very fabric of space. Endeavoring to predict where the lethal storms will strike next, Spock and Chekov make the shocking discovery that the answer lies in Commander Nyota Uhura’s past—one that she no longer remembers….

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Further Star Trek fiction:

See my Star Trek page.


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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WatchersAudioCvrThe X-Men: Watchers on the Walls

At last, an audiobook adaptation of my original X-Men adventure from 2006, read by Frankie Corzo and published by Dreamscape Media.

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Further Marvel fiction:

See my Marvel Fiction 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.

 


 

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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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