In the 42nd century, seventy is the new twenty, and at seventy-four years old, Tanis Richards is still a spring chicken. However she still knows what she likes and doesn’t like. Don’t doubt for a second that she’ll be afraid to tell you as well.
Here are her top ten annoyances and favorite things.
The Top 10 Things that Annoy Tanis Richards
10. Emoticons over the Link.
9. Sloppy salutes from Marsian military forces.
8. Whenever Joe acts like pilots are superior to everyone else.
7. Angela, her internal AI, telling her “I told you so.”
6. Being asked what she thought of the soccer game between Mars and High Terra.
5. Weak coffee.
4. Admiral Anderson pretty much every time she sees him.
3. People with green hair and extra arms.
2. Getting another limb shot off.
1. No mayo on her B.L.T.
Tanis Richards’ Top 10 Favorite Things (that she’ll admit to)
10. A well crafted set of Armor.
9. Terran Marines.
8. (not) Ballroom dancing.
7. Bob’s sense of humor.
6. Faking being awake during meetings with a holo projection.
5. A good B.L.T. where the bread is toasted just right.
4. Hot tubs.
3. Solving problems and hunting down criminals.
2. Joe, just don’t expect her to get mushy about him.
1. Kicking some serious ass (usually the aforementioned criminals).
OutsystemMajor Richards needs to get out of the Sol System
Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.
And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.
It’ll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.
With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.
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The colony ship Intrepid is falling into a star.
The ship’s AI has lost control of the engines and core systems. Battling a saboteur who strives to isolate him, his last act is to wake Colonel Tanis Richards from stasis.
Tanis finds herself alone on a dying ship, unable to contact the AI. She must discover what has happened and save the Intrepid from burning up in the star’s angry red light.
Even if she is successful, the journey to the colony world of New Eden is just beginning. With decades of travel ahead, she will have to find a path in the darkness.
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About the author:Michael Cooper has been writing since the day he closed Return of the King and wanted more. He's written a lot of fantasy that he never tried to get published, but one day decided to try his hand at science fiction, of which he has published one book (Outsystem) and is working on the sequel, A Path in the Darkness.
Michael is a software engineer at a company which builds sites and services around the open-source CMS named Drupal and enjoys the creativity involved in building web applications.
When not writing stories or code Michael is spending time with his wife and daughter, or doing carpentry--a hobby which he has been growing over the years.
His other interests include astronomy, cars and racing, blacksmithing, movies, and just about any creative work one can do.
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