Patrick S. Tomlinson’s “Gate Crashers”
A very imaginative and quirky space opera: Character-driven story – both human and alien; science and politics; well-crafted with a great sense of humor.
In 2345, the starship Magellan or Maggie is on a journey of over thirty light-years to the planet Solonis B.
Captain Allison Ridgeway and her crew discover an unusual alien artifact. It is stationary, and emitting a weak signal. Soon enough, Ridgeway and her team realize the object is a space buoy.
An Artifact Research Team (“ARTists”) is set up on Earth to work together with the Magellan team (the A-team) to figure out the technological workings of the buoy.
Felix Fletcher is the major researcher for the team on Earth. He has the talent and skills to work on real-world applications of theoretical physics.
The interest in the space buoy ratchets up exponentially when Ridgeway’s A-team decodes the inscription on the buoy. It is an alien message inscribed in 6 different alien languages:
The buoy marks the perimeter either limiting or warning of human territory! (“Human Wild Life Preserve”). As it turns out the buoys are a network set up to monitor any incoming or outgoing spaceships by the Assembly of Sentient Species.
The Magellan and the Bucephalus journey into deep space … The story turns and twists … the humans meet the Assembly of Sentient Species…
Alex White’s “Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe” is Book 1 of the Salvagers Series.
Fantastic sci-fi and fantasy space adventure story: of magic and technology; of people born with magic glyphs, ordinary and extraordinary; and of spaceships and race cars.
The crew of the Capricious sets out across the galaxy to search for the legendary warship the Harrow.
Nilah Brio — born with a mechanist’s magic art. She is a galactic champion race car driver.
Orna Sokol – a spacer and ferocious fighter, born with a mechanist’s magic art; talented and skilled Orna builds her own exoskeleton, Ranger.
Elizabeth Elsworth, or Boots, is a former space fighter for the Arcan space force and a space salvager. Resilient, a survivor, salvager of ancient treasures, and knowledge of obscure planets. Elizabeth is one of the few in the galaxy who has no magic glyph.