The first novella collection set in the world of Pratt's popular Axiom space opera trilogy.
In this collection of previously unpublished novellas, Hugo Award-winner Tim Pratt returns to the acclaimed sci-fi universe of his Axiom trilogy.
Each of these three stories takes fans and new readers alike deeper into the rich world of the Axiom than ever before, revisiting the crewmembers of the White Raven as they strike out on new and enthralling adventures.
Delilah Mears joins the crew of the Golden Spider, as its cyborg captain Ashok leads them deep into space to investigate a mysterious cosmic anomaly, leading to an encounter with a truly unusual band of space pirates; AI (and Trans-Neptunian Alliance President) Shall receives a strange summons from a past version of himself to help defeat an existential threat to the entire universe; And intrepid alien truth-teller Lantern journeys home to confront the monsters of her past, and the deepest secrets of her heart (or the closest thing she has in her circulatory system to a heart).
File Under: Expanded Universe | Kickstars | Axiomatic |Supernov(ell)ae
With these three exciting novellas, Pratt explores and expands the lively pulp world of his Axiom space opera trilogy. Set after the events of the series, each of these stories gives favorite, and, per Pratt's own introduction, "unjustly neglected" supporting characters a chance in the spotlight. "The Augmented Stars" finds cyborg engineer Ashok captaining his own wormhole generator–equipped vessel. He and his crew contend with ancient alien artifacts from Axiom facilities and cosplaying space pirates. "The Artificial Stars" sees the bulk of the old White Raven's crew now officially running the Trans-Neptunian Alliance and faced with a threat to the universe from President Shall's long-lost twin. In the epistolary title story, alien Lantern risks her life to prevent her own treacherous people from destroying humanity and save the human woman she loves. Pratt packs each novella with enough backstory to bring new readers up to speed, but fans may want to skip the infodumps to find the action. The eponymous finale stands out for its expansive plot and strong voice, but each of these tales delivers the buoyant humor and adventure of the Axiom novels. The author's fans will be pleased.