H2LiftShips-Beyond Luna

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Part Road-Trip, part solar sailing, always with food, fun, gambling, jail, and pirates, not necessarily in that order. The story revolves around the crew of the H2LiftShip, the LunaCola. Captain Grace, Jack, Tang, and an octopus who has a color name no one understands. Earth sentients travel light and still manage to carry all their baggage the good, bad, and ugly. The story presents a future not too different from our own, where sentients live and work in the heliosphere without the overused tropes of blasters, aliens, exploding computers, firefights, and (I'm sorry to say) exotic excursions.

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It's cold, rocky and a little dark. Solar Sail cargo ships ply the commercial space from Earth to the distant Asteroids. Trading foodstuffs, coal, and nuclear engines for pure steel alloys, ZeroG Wool, and bioGel computers. Anti-Dystopian SciFi, because we have too much Dystopia right now. Just regular sentients making a living in the void around our Sun: Earth, Luna, Mars/Phobos, and Asteroid belt. Gig work is the norm, jumping from job to job, trying to earn enough for air, food, shelter, and waste treatment. The ships' crew, Captain Graciela, Jack, Tang, and an Octopus work with a boost crew to cross the empty divide before getting the laser boost at the Lagrangian station. Meet, barter or run from multiple sentient societies on the asteroids, many a variation on Earth's history. Gambling at the Luna Casino and in Las Vegas and a trip across the desert for tasty carne asada burritos round out the journeys. Gigging the Void, is this our Asteroid Future? Yes: Solar Sail ships, nuclear-powered boost lasers, coal for steel, no aliens, but an Octopus First Mate. No: Aliens, Monsters, blasters, pyrotechnic computers, Anti-Grav powered rockets.

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Book Type: Print & Digital

ISBN-13: 9781644562383

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Language: English

Pages: 330

Interior: BW

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