Brett Sawyer (1986), born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is an indie author who writes short stories & novellas, from science fiction to superheroes. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in education and currently teaches game design at Lake Land College. Short Change arrived at retailers in November of 2014, the start of a superhero series where ordinary people gained powers over oddly specific domains, following the story of a shorter than average hero who can telekinetically manipulate small units of currency. Short Change is free on “smashwords.com/profile/view/BrettPS” and Barnes & Noble along with other samples and short fiction. Brett’s popular releases in science fiction include “Dark Station” and “Tales from the Colony: An Interstellar Saga.” Dark Station is a deep space thriller set aboard an abandoned orbital science station where Ben Gebbley and his crew secretly investigate the disappearance of the original staff before others come to claim the lost assets. For updates on Brett’s projects, follow his blog at “brettps.co” or follow him on twitter, at “twitter.com/BrettPsWrites”
Beyond the Surveyorsby Brett P. S.
Logan Bradley, Captain of the Cruise Light, stood tall in regal posture as he surveyed the bridge of his new interstellar vessel. Humanity was on the verge of discovering worlds beyond their solar system and they selected Logan, a chosen the tool to achieve that end. What threats lurked light years beyond the last worlds of Sol scarcely fazed him. He looked to the
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Logan Bradley, Captain of the Cruise Light, stood tall in regal posture as he surveyed the bridge of his new interstellar vessel. Humanity was on the verge of discovering worlds beyond their solar system and they selected Logan, a chosen the tool to achieve that end. What threats lurked light years beyond the last worlds of Sol scarcely fazed him. He looked to the stars with hopeful eyes.
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Brett presents a very good short story, even if in 5 parts. First contact, ftl travel, and an away team reminiscent of a Star Trek episode (humor intended), unravels as a good yarn, whether we are ready for it or not. I ask for More!
This is a very short story, less than 30 pages. I read the Gutenberg Project copy provided on my e-reader. Sugar Plum is the name of the planet the small family purchases in order to flee Boston's corruption of New Victorian sensibilities. These space-age Victorians live in austere circumstances with plastic furniture and a robot servant who provides the cooked meals and does all the cleaning. They pride themselves on their self control. Nothing should ever be done that is improper...then they arrive on Sugar Plum. Not only is Sugar Plum already inhabited, but the family is stranded with no hope for rescue from the original owner, a space pirate! These people find themselves facing a new reality very quickly on Sugar Plum, for it is an uninhibited planet! This is a look at the insincerity of some societies and living your true values, sensibly. The fall of the New Victorian morals can be seen as the downfall of virtue in today's society OR as living as one truly should, without pretense and judgement of others. I did enjoy this story and it gave me room for thought on the values that are so prevalent today.