Marque and Reprisal
Del Rey, Oct 2004,24.95, 324pp
Captain Kylara Vatta works hard at getting her ancient spaceship ready so that she can make money trading and to learn what happened on planet Lastway where an assault destroyed communications. When her vessel ready, she uses her Aunt Gracie's diamond-stuffed fruitcake to hire mercenaries to protect her and other independent ships as they begin the trek to Lastway.
An offensive on planet Slotter ... Once A Hero
Esmay Suiza is a ordinary young officer in the Navy who does something to make a hero out of her. Now she is assigned to another ship and the enemy attacks the ship she is on and again she is in the wrong place at the wrong time and she is the only one with experience against the enemy in battle, so she must lead again.... Remnant Population
When the company lost the franchise on the colony world, everyone was told they had to leave. Ofelia has always been told what to do, and she consider this place her home, and she will not leave. She hides when everybody leaves. When the new settlers arrive and land, they are all killed by aliens that no one knew were there. Now it is up to Ofelia to save the aliens from Earth's revenge.... Rules Of Engagement
This is the sequel to Once A Hero. Esmay Zuiza and Brun Meager should be friends, but instead Brun thinks Esmay's is a stuck-prig and Esmay thinks Brun is a spoiled rich kid who is after her boy friend. When Brun is captured by a religious militia movement, everyone thinks Esmay connived at the capture and her family doesn't want her anywhere near the rescue attempt. In the meantime, Brun is determined to escape herself....
Speed of Dark
In the near future, a cure for autism has been found. But what about the people who already have it? Their special skills have been harnessed by a business, which works around their needs and eccentricities. However, now that business thinks that it has found a cure for adults with autism. Should they take it? How can they make the choice? Is the company exterting undue pressure on them? This takes a very hard look at the concept of autism from an inside... The Deed of Paksenarrion
I just got done reading one of the best epic fantasies I've read! Like the medieval ministrels Moon tells us a tale of great deeds, tragedies and truimphs of a unforgettable heroine, Paksenarrion, or Paks to her friends as you will soon be as you read her story. You will follow Paks as she decides to defy her father and not marry a pigfarmer and follow her dream to become a great warrior. You watch her as she joins a mercenary company of the leadersh... The Speed of Dark (Science Fiction)
It is science fiction that happens in a near future, but beyond that many of the tropes of science fiction are not in this book. It is narrated by Lou Arrendale a 30-ish autistic man who has an important job with a very large company recognizing complex patterns. He works in a unit made up of other autistic people and they have their gym at work with trampolines and special music. Lou and his co-workers get a new boss who insists on changes. Babies, ... The Speed of Dark (Literature)
The book's main character, Lou Arrendale, is a 35 year old autistic man, born at the turn of the 21st century. He is part of the last generation of autists who were not essentially "cured" in vitro or during infancy.
He works for a pharmaceutical company, along with other high-functioning autists, as a code pattern recognition analyst - a profession in which he and the other autists are exceptionally successful.
The primary plot conflict in th... Trading In Danger
Ballantine, Oct 2003, 24.95, 304 pp.
Ky Vatta wakes up as a senior cadet in the honor squad yet a couple of hours later she is asked to hand in her resignation because she broke a rule causing major fallout. She returns home and is given command of the Glennys Jones, an old FTL ship that is to be sold for scrap after it finishes its lasting trading venture.
When Ky reaches the planet Belinda, she discovers the government needs...