The first book of an epic series following the career of a Space Fleet crewperson from "crewper" to Captain of a starship.
It is 2173, one hundred sixty years in the future, and humans using faster than light travel have colonized nearly a dozen nearby star systems. No alien intelligence has been discovered yet, and humans are now comfortable enough to start fighting each other instead of the unknown.
Science survey ship JOHN A. WHEELER is about to encounter a range of hostiles from human mercenaries to the first aliens any humans have ever met. Of the ten humans at that meeting, only two survive. One of them is Ensign Xiu-Li Chen.
Not all aliens are from outer space: the story of the Niv at Tau Ceti and why they used DNA nanotechnology to become Homo neosapiens is also illuminated.
About the Author
B.B. Irvine was born in New York City in 1959. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art N.Y. (1976 music), New York State University at Stony Brook (1980 B.A. liberal arts), and in 1982 received a certificate as a Physician Assistant from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina. He has worked in settings including emergency medicine, AIDS research, and addiction treatment in New York City where he lives. In 1994 he earned a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grandmaster Richard Chun. His novels and screenplays evidence his knowledge of people and frequently weave medicine, science, history, romance, and martial arts into the action.