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.
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
THE ENDER UNIVERSE
Ender’s Game / Ender in Exile / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind
Ender’s Shadow series
Ender’s Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight
Children of the Fleet
The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens
The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm /The Hive
A War of Gifts /First Meetings
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