The first interstellar probe in human history has a mind of its own—or rather, four of them. A short science fiction story of the very near future.
Louis Shalako is the founder of Long Cool One Books and the author of nineteen novels, numerous novellas and other short stories. Louis studied Radio, Television and Journalism Arts at Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology, later going on to study fine art. He began writing for community newspapers and industrial magazines over thirty years ago. His stories appear in publications including Perihelion Science Fiction, Bewildering Stories, Aurora Wolf, Ennea, Wonderwaan, Algernon, Nova Fantasia, and Danse Macabre. He lives in southern Ontario and writes full time. Louis enjoys cycling, swimming and good books.
The Nike and other Fleet units are convoying a small fleet of civilian ships to Cancri system. When one of their number goes up like a flashbulb, it quickly becomes clear that the enemy has developed some new and very stealthy little ships. The civilian vessels can run and scatter, but flagship Nike's duty is clear. The one thing they will not do is turn their backs. A short story.
That's not how Wil Calder's story ends though; it's how it begins. Alien space outlaws rescue him and sell his pod for scrap.
He's given a choice: join the crew or step out the airlock without his spacesuit. Not great choices, right?
Now, years later, Wil is a lonely intergalactic outlaw and smuggler, looking for a crew.
Because space is lonely and boring, Wil could use some friends or at least people to work with, maybe boss around a little.
Before Wil can even enjoy having a crew to call his own, they find themselves in the center of a plot to start an intergalactic war.
A plot they aren't remotely qualified to stop, but who looks at qualifications these days?
Between epic space battles, a quest for redemption and a daring heist, the crew uncovers a dangerous secret.
A secret that they can't let stay hidden; too many worlds hang in the balance.
If you tried to cross the Buck Rodgers TV Show from the early 80's with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, you'd come close to the rollicking good fun of this classic space opera.
Space Rogues is a sci-fi adventure that crisscrosses the galaxy; from one seedy spaceport bar to another, with secret gangster treasure depots in between. If you love & miss Farscape and Firefly, you'll enjoy following the crew of the Ghost on their adventures.