Much of the science fiction set in outer space focuses on heroic soldier girls or –boys. That observation is by no means a complaint. I love many of those stories! But here are four adventures where the military—even if it’s there—isn’t the focal point.
A Wrinkle in Time
Archeologist and former Earth Military Force officer Luke Parillo finds thousand-year-old wreckage all the time. But this ancient ship came from hundreds of years in the future.
Hunter and Prey
A nursery full of cute little babies. Cute little vacuum-dwelling metal-eating babies, ravenous and eager to devour the starship that discovered them among the asteroids they call home.
A Time of Joy and Sorrow
Yuwellan: living jewels, beautiful beings comprising every shade of blue. As tiny as a few centimeters to as huge as thirty meters in diameter. They invite a human colleague to share in their people’s most sacred ceremony.
By Any Other Name
The death of a virtual stranger embroils a space pirate in a conspiracy. He barely knew the murdered woman. So why fight so hard now to catch her killer? And dare he trust the authorities?