Free Worlds is a collection of shorter stories set within the Worlds Apart Universe. It contains four previously published stories, four fresh, funny, stories, and a “deleted scene” from Worlds Apart Book 12. Available at a discount (or free from the website) to introduce new readers to the series.
– ‘Fiddler’s Green’ – The crew of Pegasus gets more than they bargained for when they crash-land on the planet Fiddler’s Green and must negotiate with the planet’s strange inhabitants for a “Deswampificator” to raise their sunken spaceship.
– ‘Independence’ – The crew of Pegasus get more than they bargained for when they get stuck in a weird zone of inexplicable madness following a routine visit to the planet Independence.
– “Cotopaxi” – The crew of Pegasus get more than they bargained for when they explore an ancient derelict space pyramid in search of parts for their damaged ship.
– “Alpha Priori” – The crew of the survey ship Astra Cartographer gets more than they bargained for when they visit an abandoned research base in the ring system of an artificial planet.
– “Triton Lyra” – Eccentric interstellar trillionaire Bernadette Keeler takes her ambitious new assistant on a journey to sell weapons to the remote and dangerous Triton Lyra system, but the business deal turns out to be more than they bargained for.
– “Cherchez La Femme” – Young Goneril Lear’s first exo-planetary mission turns out to be more or less what she bargained for.
– “Pioneers” – How did the human race breed fast enough to colonize an entire galaxy in just 2000 years? This is how. Most of the people get what they bargained for except the poor saps in the colony ships.
– “Electra IV” – When the Commonwealth of the Galaxy collapsed, a lot of struggling colonies died with it which was not what they bargained for. This is the story of one of them. (All the other stories are pretty happy. This one is sad.)
– “Captain Hepburn Has Some Ideas” — Captain Hepburn crashes a meeting of fleet commanders to bargain for an array of increasingly absurd strategies to defeat the Aurelians.
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James Wittenbach is a carbon-based life form that resides in North America. From his office/man-cave in the converted church he lives in, he churns out funny, offbeat, politically incorrect, sometimes insensitive science fiction. (The church he was a member of kicked him out, so he bought his own.)
His Worlds Apart Book Series follows the adventures of the crew of the Pathfinder Ship Pegasus, as they try to explore and reconnect the lost colonies of the Great Commonwealth of the Galaxy, a thousand years after its interstellar collapse.
He finds inspiration for his writing in history (his library is packed with historical nonfiction). And each Worlds Apart Book is based on how historical events shaped the destiny of each world in it. The writing is spiced with hilarious nods to sci-fi clichés and homages to the dumber parts of movies and television.
When not writing quirky science fiction, he follows college hockey and college football, plays video games, and works on the continual, neverending renovations to the church where he lives. Every Friday, he convenes with friends on the internet and they watch really bad movies through a shared server.