Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds: the starship he and his crew travelled on, the Outward Initiative, shattered to pieces before their eyes and disappeared, leaving them stranded in the endless night of deep space on Lifeboat LS-88—all systems dead, light-years from any known colony.
Somehow, Sergeant Campbell and his crew of half-trained children—ranging from freshly graduated Xander Bird down to eight-year-old Francisco—have to repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and—if they could find a planet they could live on—land a shuttle whose controls were more than half-destroyed.
And if they manage all of that, then the real challenge begins; the only planet in range has secrets that even Sergeant Campbell cannot imagine!
Praise for previous books in this series:
“. . . fast-paced sci-fi espionage thriller . . . light in tone and hard on science . . .” —Publishers Weekly on Boundary
“The whole crew from Flint and Spoor's Boundary are back . . . Tensions run high throughout the Ceres mission . . . a fine choice for any collection.” —Publishers Weekly on Threshold
“[P]aleontology, engineering, and space flight, puzzles in linguistics, biology, physics, and evolution further the story, as well as wacky humor, academic rivalries, and even some sweet romances.” —School Library Journal on Boundary
Ryk E. Spoor, while earning his master's degree in information science at the University of Pittsburgh, became a playtesting consultant and writer for the Wizards of the Coast, then merely a startup, now the leading publisher of role-playing games, Magic: The GatheringR, and related gaming materials. He now lives in East Greenbush, New York, working as Research and Development Coordinator for International Electronic Machines, and spends his non-writer time with his wife Kathleen, two sons, two daughters, a poodle, and a lot of chickens. Ryk is the coauthor with Eric Flint of five books in the Boundary science fiction series including?Boundary, Threshold, Portal, Castaway Planet?and?Castaway Odyssey.?His solo novels for Baen include?Grand Central Arena, Spheres of Influence, Paradigms Lost, and Challenges of the Deep,?as well as?epic fantasies?Phoenix Rising, Phoenix in Shadow, and?Phoenix Ascendant.