- Series: Stellar Guild
- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (May 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781612420493
- ISBN-13: 978-1612420493
- ASIN: 1612420494
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reboots (Stellar Guild) Paperback – May 4, 2013
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If you need people who won't die in space if something goes wrong, why not pick Zombies, Vampires and Werewolves? They're just so much tougher to kill than regular humans. Who cares if they hate each other ...
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of cross-genre stories, sci-fi, urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: violence
My Thoughts: I ran across Mercedes Lackey signing books at Dragon Con quite by accident. What a happy accident!
This consists of two novellas. It is part of the Stellar Guild series, novellas written by a well-known author and a new author that is being mentored by him or her. The first novella (“Bad Moon Rising” by Cody Martin) is a space opera with monsters, and the second (“Bullets” by Mercedes Lackey) is more PI/noir. They are both very fun stories! I do recommend that readers pay very close attention in “Bad Moon Rising,” because every time there is a break in the text, one is being sent to a new narrator, which can be a bit confusing at first. Still, I enjoyed the stories and now I want the rest...
Series Information: The Stellar Guide series
Book 1: Reboots
Book 2: Tau Ceti
Book 3: On the Train
Book 4: When the Blue Shift Comes
Book 5: New Under the Sun
Book 6: The Aethers of Mars
Disclosure: I bought this book for myself at Dragon Con. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Space travel is tough. No air, cosmic radiation, absolute lack of other life-sustaining essentials.
What better way to deal with space travel than to man ships with creatures that regenerate or don’t need air, or are immune to various maladies?
In a future world where zombies, vampires and werewolves co-exist with ‘normal’ humans on Earth, these ships are staffed by a motley crew of various types of undead or near-dead creatures.
Of course no one really knows what happens when zombies and vampires are squeezed together in the close confines of a spaceship.
Don’t you love surprises?
These tales are set in a universe where vampires, werewolves and zombies have come out of the closet. Preternaturals are hard to kill, so Norms use them to explore the galaxy. Home Service sends out crews with four vampires, a werewolf and lots of disposable zombies.
Bad Moon Rising by Cody Martin is the novelette. Skinny Jim is a talking zombie. His friend Pete is another. The rest of the Reboots are too stupid to talk.
Fred is the Fur. He was an engineer before being turned and still knows how to fix things. So he directs the zombies in keeping the bought-from-the-lowest-bidder ship running. He is also the vampire's food supply.
The Fangs are the ship officers. Antonio is the Captain. Grigoire is the astrophysicist and Hephaestus is the navigator. Barnabus is the odd man out among the other vampires.
In this story, Jim is holding down Fred while the drainer is taking out his blood. Of course, werewolves generate new blood almost instantly. Yet draining is not comfortable and makes them very hungry afterward.
Fred is cursing Barnabus for his nasty fur jokes. This time, Fred is showing a real talent in his curses. Antonio sneers at Fred for his threats.
Later, Jim and Pete find another zombie torn apart beyond fixing. They are down to the halfway point in stored Reboots. They don't seem to last as long as usual, probably due to the angry Fangs. So Jim thinks of a way to use Fred against the Fangs.
Just the Right Bullets by Mercedes Lackey is the novella. Seamus Murtaugh Ian ap Llowynn is a Puca. He is a Home Service bureaucrat with a great job. He works in Extra-Planetary Exploration Incidents keeping track of lost ships.
Humphrey Boggart is a Private Investigator. He is hired by Home Service to track down a missing ship. He carries a.357 magnum with mixed loads.
In this story, the Boggart examines the files on the missing ship sent by Home Service. The Fur has a cousin within the Home system. The Boggart ships his watch and supplies as freight and travels in ethereal form to the far end of the system.
The cousin only confirms the Boggart's impressions of Fred. The leaves a message for the Puca and goes outsystem to find a contact. He learns that the last hijacking was by the Fangs. None of the older ships had been jacked for over a year.
So the Boggart got an FTL skiff from Home Service and traveled to the planet where the ship had landed. He found no signs of the ship. However, he did find some Reboots. Some zombies are dress peculiarly.
Then he checks the nearest space station. He finds Fangs running the tourist trap. But the missing ship is not there.
The Boggart also finds an old flame running the station. She is very upset with him. She takes his watch and sends him off to find a space pirate.
These tales are closely connected. The end of the first story shifts into the second without a seam. Lackey and Martin are used to writing together. Unlike other Star Guild publications, the protege starts first and the experienced author finishes the story.
The Boggart doesn't meet Skinny Jim until the end of the story. The next installment in this sequence is On the Train.
Highly recommended for Lackey/Martin fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of paranormal creatures, space travel, and private investigators. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin