The Compact Universe

The Compact Universe

What is the Compact Universe?

The Compact Universe is space opera, but it’s not. It’s a bold look at humanity’s future, but it’s not a retread of Star Trek. It’s everything Robert Heinlein wanted to do, only it’s not a pale rewrite of Starship Troopers. It’s Game of Thrones meets Battlestar Galactica with a little bit of X Files thrown in for good measure.

THE COMPACT UNIVERSE

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The Magic Root
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The Magic Root

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Kai is the governor of Essenar, a prison planet that’s also a rainy, acidic hell. Along comes an alien with a plant that could solve all his problems. He calls it a “potato.” When the potato fails, the alien and a general Kai doesn’t like offer a more drastic solution to his problems: But is this alien trying to start a war? And why?

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The Marilynists
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The Marilynists

Compact Universe #2

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Douglas Best is in trouble. Seven weapons of mass destruction have been removed from a planet he has setup as Jefivah’s newest colony. But they’ve gone missing. They hold Best responsible. Now his only hope to avoid prison is a cult to Marilyn Monroe.

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Gimme Shelter

The Compact Universe #3

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Amargosa. Not the center of humanity. Not even close. An earthlike world, it’s sole purpose is to feed Mars and a half dozen other core worlds of the Compact. It is here JT Austin runs away, hoping to reach Tian, the cultural and economic center of humanity. Detoured to Amargosa, he instead finds himself living on a farm under a local constable’s suspicion and in the sights of a pretty farmer’s daughter. It’s away from the gilded cage he escaped, but it’s not quite where he wants to be.

Lucius Kray is a local constable and a war veteran. Kray longs for his glory days in the Compact’s Polygamy Wars. Instead, he finds himself keeping the peace between Amargosan farmers and lamenting the choices of local ales. Along comes Marcus Leitman, who deduces Kray’s desire to form his own militia to fight some unseen enemy. All Kray has to do is turn a blind eye to locals planting Leitman’s unlicensed GMO.

Kray soon learns that he is in the line of fire of an alien enemy yet to reveal itself. So is JT, but where Kray sees opportunity, JT is unaware of just how much his whole world is about to be up-ended again.

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Broken Skies

Compact Universe #4

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Quentin Austin leads a mission to retake Amargosa and, if possible, rescue his son. It fails.

But while he awaits his fate as the scapegoat for the failure, he’s given a chance to find out what might have brought the invasion about. He’s assigned to look into Juno, the mysterious company that seems to have visited every colony that has gone “dark” in the past three months.

His investigation leads him from the Compact’s capital in Quantonesia to the wealthy leading city of The Caliphate to the hellish industrial landscape of Bromdar. Yet someone does not want Austin to learn the truth.

But it becomes more imperative. Another colony is in the crosshairs. And only Austin can stop another world from going dark.

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Warped

Compact Universe 5

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After four centuries of wormhole travel, warp drive is a reality. Hideki Okada and Peter “Tripod” Lancaster are tasked with making the new technology combat ready. Only they object to weaponizing their brainchild. And they don’t like what the Compact Navy wants to do with it. They have powerful allies in Admirals Austin and Burke, but they also have the shadowy Cybercommand looking over their shoulders. Warp drive is not ready for prime time. And if an enemy doesn’t shoot them out of the sky, some unseen object in interstellar space just might.

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Tishla

Compact Universe #6

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She was a slave, but to her master more than that, so much so that he made her his wife and left her his claim to the stolen world of Hanar. When she wins her challenge against a deceitful warlord, she must knit a new world together from the warring species, humans and her own Gelt. Her claim, and that of her unborn twins, is the key to survival as the Realm and the Compact abandon the former combatants. Someone, however, tries to kill her.

Or are they after her twins?

Either way, Sovereigns, generals, and renegades will soon find out the most dangerous force in the universe is an angry mother, no matter the species.

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Rafe is experimenting in a technology humans have considered taboo for centuries: Artificial intelligence. With it, he has learned to create entire mindscapes which a human can upload into, completely immersive and completely real.

But some don’t want Rafe to succeed. Some want him to weaponize his discovery. Some want to steal it as a terror weapon against the Compact.

And Rafe just wants to impress a beautiful girl.

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THE AMARGOSA TRILOGY

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The Children of Amargosa
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The Children of Amargosa

Amargosa Trilogy 1

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JT Austin and Davra Andraste, two teenagers living separate, quiet lives on remote Amargosa, find themselves fighting for survival when an alien force seizes the agrarian colony. Hunted and cut off from the rest of humanity, they each fight their way across the plains, dodging ground troops, wild animals, and even a nuclear blast to join the resistance. Before they meet, they learn they have another enemy who is all too human.

“Grabs you by the throat from Page One and doesn’t stop.” – Athena Grayson, author of the Huntress of the Star Empire series

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Amargosa: Second Wave Coming fall of 2017

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Storming Amargosa Coming 2018

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NO MARIGOLDS IN THE PROMISED LAND

No Marigolds in the Promised Land
John Farno is the last man on Barsoom. After he discovers the domes that make up the Mars-like planet’s human habitation are all destroyed, he has to survive with nothing but a rover and some scavenged camping equipment. With no other humans left on the planet, no ship, and no way to communicate with the Compact, he has to find a way to stay alive and call for help. And help is forty light years away.
No Marigolds in the Promised tells of events alluded to in The Magic Root. Think of it as Compact Universe #0. Installments will appear here, but only one at a time. Want the full version and the whole story?

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