When they lose contact with a system at the edge of the Empire, they quickly realise nothing will ever be the same again.
Nelsen Rybek, a Captain of Imperial Naval Intelligence, finds himself an unwitting companion to Andreya, a woman with no idea who she is, both caught up in the pivotal moment which threatens to push this mighty Empire into a war it cannot possibly hope to win.
Together with their formidable stealth ship, the Valkyr Sneak Thief, somehow they have to unravel the mystery of this implacable foe, whose numbers defy all odds, and whose actions defy all logic. There are no threats, no parley, do demands, just devastation and ruin.
As the Empire strives to contain the escalating destruction, they find every single technological advancement they can bring to bear against this new enemy is rendered futile, and virtually worthless as the enemy seize control of their fleets, and slaughter their crews without pause.
Insurmountable Odds is part one of the trilogy, When Stars Fall - an epic saga set in the Dominium computer game universe - and is the culmination of a 20,000 year long backstory that will change the nature and shape of the Dominium Globular Cluster forever.
They have no idea what's coming...
Born in 1972, Martin grew up in the first era of Personal Computing, when storage media was largely spools of magnetic tape, and has been addicted since the Sinclair ZX81. The seminal Star Wars Trilogy (IV, V & VI) figured highly in drawing him into the realm of science fiction, something he has been as passionate about ever since. He often cites that 'games are in my blood', if so, then the plasma that carries the games is made from science-fiction.
Exceedingly happily married, with two step-children, numerous step-grand-children, and three pseudo-children (dogs), Martin is content to let others populate the Earth with future generations, whilst he selfishly concentrates on his love of creating games and writing books, which - he hopes - will entertain some of the growing population of Earth, for a while at least, and earn a few shekles if he's lucky. He enjoys thinking about hiking, mountain climbing, flying aircraft, and doing lots of exciting things that require money to risk death.
To sum up Martin's outlook on Life, the Universe and Everything - he strongly believes the answer may well indeed be 42, though possibly with a large degree of error.
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed, stand-alone novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.
Who will inherit this new Earth?
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.
Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?