Co-written with M.A. Larkin the Black Ocean: Astral Prime series hearkens back to location-based space sci-fi classics like Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Astral Prime builds on the rich Black Ocean universe, introducing a colorful cast of characters for new and returning readers alike. Come along for the ride as a minor outpost in the middle of nowhere becomes a key point of interstellar conflict.
Astral Prime Collection: Missions 1-12
Astral Prime Mission Pack 1: Mission 1-4
Astral Prime Mission Pack 2: Missions 5-8
By becoming the gateway to the mysterious and incalculably valuable Shadow Planet, Astral Prime had become prime galactic real estate. Poised at a nexus of religious pilgrimage, scientific curiosity, and military obsession, the site could be the key to the future of the Milky Way.
Astral Prime Mission Pack 3: Missions 9-12
Shadow Planet: Mission 1
Wizard Zero: Mission 2
Shielded Sun: Mission 3
Prime Guardian: Mission 4
Systemic Treachery: Mission 5
Astral Messiah: Mission 6
Parallel Enforcers: Mission 7
Multiversal Truth: Mission 8
Void Kraken: Mission 9
Unleashed from an alternate universe, the space-borne leviathan dubbed "void kraken" terrorizes the galaxy. The most powerful weapons barely scratch it. Whole fleets fall before it. Its movements are erratic. Its motives inscrutable. All anyone knows for sure is that if it isn't stopped, it's going to eat its way through the galaxy.
Fujita Hiroko feels responsible for the beast's presence in the Milky Way. She tries to rally support to combat the creature, to form an unprecedented inter-species alliance to find a way to stop its rampage.
Meanwhile, Cedric tries to find out all he can, searching the vaieen archive for records of the ancient race's own encounters with the void kraken. If he can find out how those mighty techno-wizards fought them and survived, maybe there's hope for the galaxy.
But there's no time to waste. The stuunji homeworld is in the monster's path. If they don't act quickly, the peaceful refugee planet is doomed.
Stellar Rampage: Mission 10
The galaxy is in a state of panic. A horror has been unleashed, and it's a threat to every inhabited planet. Luckily, it currently rampages across a sparsely populated part of the Black Ocean. But even that callous view only holds limited hope for the fortunate species whose worlds lay safer by virtue of distance. Sooner or later, someone is going to have to destroy it.
Hiroko plays the role of diplomat. In the face of a threat to all species, she hopes to forge a multi-species alliance to combat the monster.
Meanwhile, Cedric delves into the ancient archives in the hopes that the vaieen left records of the weapons they used to fight this beast.
Core Threat: Mission 11
The galaxy has gone from troubled to doomed. Now faced with a multiplying threat, the races of the Milky Way are faced with a foe who cannot be stopped, cannot be turned back. And yet, for the sake of their own survival, they fight on in the desperate hope that they can hold out long enough to prevail.
And they're running out of time. One of the ARGO core worlds may be next on the menu for the world-devouring monsters.
As Cedric frantically searches for an alternative way to combat the abominations, Hiroko attempts to halt the proliferation of ancient weapons that are only making the situation worse in the long run.
Terminal Gambit: Mission 12
Cedric has discovered the means to fight back, but the price is high. Not all species are capable of carrying out his methods. It's one thing asking ships and crews to fight; it's another to ask them to sacrifice themselves. And yet, the valiant ships of Earth Navy continue to do so.
If only the rest of the galaxy were so brave.
A dark plan unfolds to doom one universe to save another. And an old foe will have to decide where his loyalties lie: to his species, or to himself?
When the war with the cosmic horrors reaches an epic crescendo, everyone is going to have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for the sake of their fellow sentient creatures.
Black Ocean: Astral Prime has wrapped up, but the final missions of Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire are up next before J.S. Morin moves on to more Black Ocean stories.
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