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 ecosystems to strengthen mankind’s place in a lifeless galaxy.
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, 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 falls for a different woman on every planet he visits.
Catalina is nothing if not professional, so she re-enlists Roman 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.
Interstellar Spring is a humorous space opera about love in all of its forms: be it for the brave people who try to do what they believe in, or the wondrous flora and fauna who really run the worlds around us.
Book one: Fireflies and Cosmos
Book Two: Diamondcrabs and Mangoes
In episode two of Interstellar Spring, Captain Catalina Solaris Xao 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.