Simon Haynes is the british-born, australian author of the Hal Spacejock, Harriet Walsh and Hal Junior series, as well as a number of short stories. His work typically features an underdog fighting for survival against far stronger opponents.
Simon is a huge fan of Isaac Asimov's work, in particular the robot novels and the Foundation series. He also enjoys dry, witty comedy, and loves satire.
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Clunk's grateful when his boss sends him off for a refit, because old robots are usually junked. So what's the catch?
The workshop is on the next planet, and Clunk must carry out a trivial little task while he's there: help a freelancer pick up some cargo.
It's a simple job, straight in and out ... but don't be late.
Clunk's a certified co-pilot, so landing in a deserted field under cover of darkness, avoiding customs ships, orbital lasers and trigger-happy warships along the way, is not a problem.
Unfortunately the freelance pilot is a much bigger challenge, because Hal Spacejock is obstinate, over-confident, and woefully under-skilled, and yet he refuses to cede control of his ship to a mere robot.
Worse, Hal's got 24 hours to pay off his debts or he'll lose his ship ... and his life.
Can the two of them sort out their differences and deliver the cargo, or will they still be wrestling over the controls when both deadlines expire?
A Robot Named Clunk is one part buddy movie, two parts laughter and three parts madcap adventure.
This is a free ebook.
Hal Spacejock books 2-8 are also available on Google Play Books.
The galaxy is at war, but wars are won and lost in the shadows.
To the galaxy at large, Jack March is a privateer of the interstellar Kingdom of Calaskar and a former Iron Hand commando of the malevolent Final Consciousness. In truth, he is an alpha operative of the Silent Order, the most efficient and feared intelligence organization in human space. When there is a crisis, Jack March is the man to call.
But there are many forces that wish to enslave or destroy humanity, and March is the one to stop those forces...
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.