Reminder: science and magic don't mix.
If anyone were ever to forget that magic can disrupt science and technological equipment, they need only refer to the incident at Mobile Mining Station YF-77. That poor, unfortunate station had a wizard for a guest, and that wizard lost control of his magical powers while the mining station was moving to a new drilling site. Bereft of attitude control, the station fell out of stable orbit on a collision course for a deserted, lifeless planet.
The crew of the starship Mobius would like everyone to know that they had nothing at all to do with this incident. They had no knowledge of any magical anomaly. They certainly didn't cause it. And they most definitely did not plan to interfere with a team of Convocation investigators, rescue a fugitive from justice, or cause all the steel surfaces on the station to turn rubbery.
That was some other ship.
Moral and Orbital Decay is the fourteenth mission of Black Ocean, a science fantasy series set in the 26th century. Do you wish there had been a second season of Firefly? Do you love the irreverent fun of Guardians of the Galaxy? Have you ever wondered how Star Wars would have turned out if Luke and Obi-wan had ditched the rebellion to become smugglers with Han and Chewie? Then Black Ocean is the series for you!
Pick up your copy of Moral and Orbital Decay, and aim to misbehave with the crew of the Mobius.
About the Author
I am a creator of worlds and a destroyer of words. As a fantasy writer, my works range from traditional epics to futuristic fantasy with starships. I have worked as an unpaid Little League pitcher, a cashier, a student library aide, a factory grunt, a cubicle drone, and an engineer--there is some overlap in the last two.
Through it all, though, I was always a storyteller. Eventually I started writing books based on the stray stories in my head, and people kept telling me to write more of them. Now, that's all I do for a living.
I enjoy strategy, worldbuilding, and the fantasy author's privilege to make up words. I am a gamer, a joker, and a thinker of sideways thoughts. But I don't dance, can't sing, and my best artistic efforts fall short of your average notebook doodle. When you read my books, you are seeing me at my best.
My ultimate goal is to be both clever and right at the same time. I have it on good authority that I have yet to achieve it.
Visit me at jsmorin.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Card Ramsey is not happy acting as a bounty hunter. The upside is it paid off in good, solid coin of the realm which would enable him and his fellow travelers on the good ship Mobious to effect some needed repairs. The down side is he has too deal in human flesh. Carl is able to justify it with his somewhat at times squishy moral code. But as in the previous 13 Missions of the Black Ocean Series it is just a prelude to another exciting adventure that combines space opera and wizardry. Ramsey and company have survived near scrapes such as being semi-marooned on an out of the way moon where a lost battle ship crashed a number of years ago as well as having his plans for a network of semi-legal activities sabotaged by his father. The crew of the Mobious in this rousing new tale consists of Carl and seven corporal entities as well as one entity that is not corporal and only exists in the mind of the Mobious’s resident wizard. Their adventure kicks off (after turning the bounty over to a bunch of rustic farmers) when a distress call is received from Cedric, the son of the almost-late wizard Mort the Brown. Rescuing him starts off okay but spins out of control when Cedric lets loose a large amount of magic on a mining platform circling a moon and the mining platform starts to also spin out of control because, as we all know, magic and technology don’t mix. This fast-paced tale devolves into how the plunge of the platform into the moon below is averted, how Carl manages to maintain control (of sorts) of his crew, and what happens when everyone is drafted by the platforms command staff to work on preventing a catastrophic end to the platform and everyone on it. Of course there is a plan A. It is to prevent the platform from crashing but Carl has a plan B on the back burner: Get the Mobious back up and running and blast their way off the platform before it enters the atmosphere below and burns up. Along the way it is revealed that while Mort’s corporal remains are no more his spiritual remains are alive and well and kicking inside the head of Esper. Needless to say J.J. Morin does his usual awesome job of tying everything together with a very satisfying (and amusing) end that makes perfect sense. Or does it.