Empire of Dust: A Psi-Tech Novel

Empire of Dust: A Psi-Tech Novel

by Jacey Bedford

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756410162
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: A Psi-Tech Novel Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 298,262
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jacey Bedford has a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives a thouand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a two hundred year stone house. She has been a librarian, postmistress, rag-doll maker, and a folk singer in an a cappella trio. She can be found at jaceybedford.co.uk or on Twitter at @JaceyBedford.

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Chapter One


I’m dead if I don’t get out of here.

Cara Carlinni stared at the display on the public terminal. She gripped the edge of the console, feeling dizzy and sick. Too many cups of caff, not enough food.

Her fellow workers erupted from Devantec’s packing plant, one or two trying the other terminals in the bay just off the main walkway, and discovering, as she had when she first took the dead-end job, that this was the only functioning link.

She’d scooted out ahead of the crowd to grab it.

Good that she had. At least she was forewarned. What the hell was an Alphacorp ship doing here if not looking for something, or someone? What were the odds that someone was her?

She’d been barely one jump ahead of them on El Arish, and on Shalla colony she’d spotted wanted posters and moved on quickly, thankful that she’d ducked port immigration by hitching a flight with a smuggler.

She’d spoken to a man on Shalla who’d once been a low-grade Psi-Mech for the Rowan Corporation, and who was now living off the grid, with a new identity furnished by an organization that was definitely not the right side of legal. On his advice she’d come all the way out to Station Mirrimar-14 chasing rumors of a breakaway group of psi-techs, but she hadn’t found them. If they were here, they were well-hidden and well-shielded.

She swallowed bile and checked the screen again, focusing on the immediate problem—a light passenger transport—a ship design she recognized as an unmarked Alphacorp Scout. It threaded along the flight corridor toward the passenger terminal, past the heavy freighters lined up for docking in the space station’s commercial bays.

“Hey, Carlinni, you coming to Sam’s with the rest of us?” Jussaro, her packing line partner, broke his stride.

He was always friendly, but she kept her distance outside of working hours. A purple-black-skinned, genetically engineered exotic from the Hollands System, he’d once been a high-grade Telepath until being busted for some misdemeanor he wouldn’t admit to.

They’d killed his implant. He was alone and silent.


He was the thing she most dreaded becoming.


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"Bedford mixes romance and intrigue in this promising debut, which opens the Psi-tech space opera series.... Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future." —Publishers Weekly

"A well-defined and intriguing tale set in the not-too-distant future.... Everything is undeniably creative and colorful, from the technology to foreign planets to the human (and humanoid) characters. Author Bedford’s world-building feels very complete and believable, with excellent descriptions bringing it all to life." —RT Reviews

"A nostalgic space opera.... Bedford’s prose is brisk and carries the reader quite sufficiently along." —Tor.com

“Space opera isn’t dead; instead, delightfully, it has grown up.... A fine example of a novel which has its roots in the subgenre but grows beyond it.” —Jaine Fenn, author of Principles of Angels

"I’m very, very excited to see where this series goes next. The foundation that Bedford has laid has so much potential and promise. This is an author I will watch." —Bookworm Blues

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Empire of Dust: A Psi-Tech Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MsValentina 8 months ago
fun read - lots of interesting characters and situations - could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bedford drops her heroine into a well thought out universe and creates a good set up for the intrigue to come. The extra sensory perception premise worked for this sic-fi fan. The story picked up pace and was an enjoyable read. Some unexpected twists and enjoyable characters to root for. Finished in a day. Some mature themes and sexy parts, but all appropriate to the genre and nothing over the top for a futuristic space adventure. Good finish and would look forward to a sequel. Recommended.
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