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Interstellar Spring

Monsters evolved on the terraformed worlds. Meet the people who study them. 
A century ago, the Institute for Organic Expansion launched unmanned spacecraft loaded with spores, seeds and eggs to 51 Earth-like planets to begin the terraforming process. It worked, mostly. Now, Interstellar Ecologists stabilize these young, planetary ecosystems to strengthen mankind’s place in a lifeless galaxy.

Fireflies and Cosmos

Captain Catalina Mondragon is the greatest captain to ever serve the Institute, and the first to admit she's nothing without her crew of ecologists. When Catalina’s entomologist is eaten by a huge, burrowing insect on one of the Seeded Worlds, she treks halfway across the galaxy to find a replacement who can stop these monsters. But the only bug-guy good enough is Catalina’s ex-boyfriend, Roman Jupiter, who has the infuriating habit of falling for a different woman on every planet he visits. 

Catalina is nothing if not professional, so she re-enlists Roman Jupiter and tells the Institute she’s going back to Epsilon-V. Despite being their most decorated captain, despite growing up working for the Institute, despite her worlds-famous father who wrote the Charter, they tell her to forget about the giant bugs and the man they ate. Catalina’s faith in the Institute is shaken. She doesn’t understand why they don’t want her to go back to Epsilon-V, but she can’t turn her back on the mission they give her either, a planet of starving colonists. 

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Diamond Crabs and Mangoes

Diamondcrabs and Mangoes picks up right where Fireflies and Cosmos leaves off. Captain Catalina Mondragon and her crew of Interstellar Ecologists are called upon to save a planet from an infestation of mutant crabs intent on eating every drop of carbon they can find, even if it’s inside of living people. 

Catalina and her crew hope to solve the problem quickly, but things get out of hand as the crabs' strange powers overwhelm even the crew of the mighty Artemis. While Ikamon and Roman work to understand the crabs, Farah meets Iris, the woman in charge of the planet's government and breeding program. With Ikamon missing his wife and Roman distracted by a beautiful doctor, will our Interstellar Ecologists be able to save Juxor and the oceans of carbon-rich sludge they export to the rest of the Seeded Worlds? 

Find out in Diamondcrabs and Mangoes!



Iceoaks and Warblers

In Book 3 of Interstellar Spring, In an effort to get to Epsilon-V the crew of the Artemis must pass through a region of space where violence is still used to solve problems. While Fin Zerog must confront a scorned lover and a pilot maybe even more skilled than herself. Farah Relkor, despite years of experience as an Interstellar Botanist, drags her husband through a field of poison ivy. Osha McKenna tries to distract herself with conspiracy theories about secret alien races. Roman falls in love with a moody, techno-genius of a princess. And Captain Mondragon learns more about the mysterious disease that killed her father and is forced to grapple with what it really means to be a Captain for the Institute and a champion of the Charter.

In Iceoaks and Warblers our intrepid Interstellar Ecologists must maneuver melting permafrost, falling trees, squirrel gardeners, disgruntled old men, garish songbirds and handcrafted shotguns if they have any hope of returning to a part of the Galaxy that shows them the respect they deserve.

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