When the alien Lord Svet hired Shaddo to steal a gladiator known as the Purple Avenger, Shaddo thought he could just get in, get out, and get paid.
But it didn't work out that way.
He didn't expect to run afoul of the Emperor Na-Ret -- really more of a gangster than a monarch, but don't tell HIM that -- or find himself fighting the Purple Avenger in a cage match over a tank of hungry bloodworms.
Mitch Wagner is a tech journalist, science fiction fan, and beginning writer. He lives in San Diego with his wife and the required cat. The wife seems to think highly of him; the cat holds him in contempt. He avoids direct sunlight.