A work in progress, the Viridian System series covers books featuring Big Pete and the Swede, orichalcum asteroid miners, as developed in the following flash fiction stories (earliest first). For adults really, maybe PG-17. Plenty of nudity, swearing and booze, but all of it futuristic and mostly in good taste.
- The Orichalcum Library
- On the Wings of an Angel
- An Orichalcum Christmas
- Orichalcum Slinger
- Surf’s Up
- The Gallery
As a teaser for book one, there is a Viridian System Sampler containing some of these stories (eight in all) which is sometimes free on Smashwords, and also B&N, Kobo and Apple.
All Big Pete and the Swede want, after a hard season mining orichalcum in the asteroid belt, is a beach, a girl and some good food. Maybe not in that order. But when an Imperium agent steals one of their girls, and some Pavanians from Bartelski start threatening them, the two men take to their spacecraft to work out what’s happening.
A chase round the galaxy ensues, with kidnap, treachery, mystery and aliens all playing their part in the quest, as both men discover life is not as simple as they had worked so hard to make it. Will the girls succeed in flying a spaceship? Will the Federation recover the secret weapon? Will the Imperium infiltrate the Viridian System? And will Pete’s destiny prove to be the end of the men’s partnership? Or is that the Swede’s fault for keeping secrets even from his best buddy?
Status: first edition withdrawn May 17, 2016. Second edition published 28th March 2018..
Curved Space to Corsair – Book Two
Big Pete and the Swede, together with Maggie and Dolores, who is training to qualify as a space pilot, take a holiday in the miners’ new spacecraft while some building work goes on at their villa. “Maybe ten weeks will do it,” Maggie estimates.
Pete has had a call to his home planet, Corsair, to save them from disaster, so they set off in that direction to give Dolores more space hours, only to experience an unmapped wormhole, which leaves them in a horrible mess. Meanwhile the Imperium declares war on the Federation, while a little personal business by one of the senators leads him off in the direction of the Viridian System to start a canny land grab.
Status: Second draft complete – editing.
Zanzibar’s Rings – Book Three
Status: In development
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[Original picture of Vega asteroid system: credit NASA/JPL-Caltech.]