Sunday, June 14, 2015

Graveyard of Ships (Starship Scorpius, Book 2) by Jessie Jasen

Release date: May 11, 2015
Subgenre: Space opera, military science fiction

About Graveyard of Ships:


The year is 2350.
Earth is in the Planetary Alliance with aliens who claim to be our creators. But not everybody agrees with the new doctrine.
Starship Scorpius is sent to explore space in search of advanced extraterrestrial technologies that will give us an advantage over our alien allies.
The battle for supremacy begins here…

On its mission to deep space, United Starmarine starship Scorpius arrives on the Delta Moon. Scans reveal atmospheric anomalies on the surface. First Commander Sy Race and Cadet Maya Scott fly to the surface to explore.

Scott and Race discover a graveyard of ships hidden in a volcanic cave to be the cause of the anomalies. Upon closer inspection, they discover the fragments of the Explorer shuttle, a United Starmarine vessel that disappeared twenty years ago when it collided with a black hole. Have they discovered the first known wormhole in the First Quadrant?

STARSHIP SCORPIUS SERIES is infused with aliens, AIs, ghosts, starships, high-tech, mysterious space phenomena, battles for life and death, and the central question of what it means to be an individual within the collective—human and alien—in the galaxy of the 24th century.

Excerpt:


“MY STOMACH always hurts before an away mission,” Cadet Maya Scott says and blinks at Commander Sy Race.
She takes a deep breath and runs her hand through her shoulder-length brown hair.
“The idea of being squeezed into a small shuttle,” she says, “and having limited control over what’s happening gets my stomach upset.”
I sneak up behind Maya. With one jerk of my knees, I jump in front of her. She doesn’t notice me, of course, but I notice her. I notice everyone on starship Scorpius. Who am I? Well, Milk, of course! I’m the greatest ghost in the Universe, and the smallest ghost in height. Most of the crew are taller than me. Some are tall enough for the top of my head to reach their upper thighs, but not their hips.
Cadet Maya Scott is a medium-sized human female compared to other females on the ship, which means that the top of my head reaches little more than her hips. She is from Canada, a country of North America. I like to call her Maya—just Maya, not Cadet or Scott. I like her name. I look at her whenever I can, meaning whenever I’m not looking at somebody else. Whenever I’m not exploring somebody else’s mind.
Just see how worried she appears to be as she’s putting her breakfast tray into the tray rack here in the ship’s mess hall where we’re standing. She’s all a bundle of nerves, but she won’t admit it. The training she had undergone before she came to serve on Scorpius should have cured her fears and worries concerning away missions, but for some reason, she still acts like she has never undergone astronaut training.
Our starship Scorpius of the United Starmarine arrived to the orbit of the Delta Moon one day ago. The away mission to the moon’s surface will be conducted by Cadet Maya Scott under supervision of First Commander Sy Race. During the away mission, Scorpius will remain in the orbit to observe the moon from the distance.
Commander Race shoves his breakfast tray above hers in the tray rack. The ship’s mess hall is busy this morning.
“Why do you get upset before an away mission?” he asks. “This is not the first time you’re going on one. You’ve been on a dozen away missions before. The procedure is always the same: we board the shuttle, fly down to the surface of a planet or a moon, and do our research. After we gather enough data to complete our research, we board the shuttle and return to Scorpius. And then we call it quits. What’s the big deal?”
Maya smiles embarrassingly. “You make it sound so easy, Commander.”
“But it is easy. We’ve never encountered problems before.”
“That doesn’t mean we won’t encounter them this time.”
“You see troubled waters where there are none,” Commander Sy Race says.
They leave the mess hall and head towards the landing deck where their shuttle is waiting. I follow them, eager to see how Maya is going to handle the situation. I know all about her worries and her perpetuated anguish when she’s about to board a shuttle.
“You look a bit tired,” Race tells her as they walk through the hall towards the jet lift. “Did you sleep well last night?”
“Yes, of course I did.”
“Cadet, you’re not supposed to be lying to your superior.”
Maya turns red in the face. “Nothing escapes you, does it, Commander?”
“Not when it comes to the safety of my crew.”
“Okay, I’ll tell the truth,” she sighs. “I hardly closed an eye last night.”

 

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About Jessie Jasen:

Jessie Jasen writes science fiction and fantasy books. Writing is her greatest passion—one she has been pursuing since her childhood. She loves people, nature, animals, geeky stuff, and sharing her visions of the Universe and the future with her readers. She lives and writes in Vienna, Austria. You can reach her at contact@jessiejasen.com

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