Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence
Everguard's mission: Establish a multidimensional gate inside Alpha Centauri A for Interstellar Command to fuel their new faster-than-light spaceships.
Lieutenant Commander Torrance Black, career is already on shaky grounds, finds himself facing questions.
Did they just contact sentient life in the Centauri system?
Will humankind sacrifice an entire alien species in their quest for the stars?
Starflight, the first book of Stealing the Sun, a space based Science Fiction series from frequent Analog contributor and bestselling Amazon Dark Fantasy author Ron Collins.
"Ron Collins is one of our best hard science fiction writers--a novel from his is a major event. Enjoy!"
Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-Winning Author of Quantum Night
About the Author
His fantasy series Saga of the God-Touched Mage reached #1 on Amazon’s bestselling dark fantasy list in the UK and #2 in the US. His short fiction has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award, and his short story “The White Game” was nominated for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s 2016 Derringer Award.
He has contributed a hundred or so short stories to Analog, Asimov’s, Fiction River Anthology Series, and several other professional magazines and anthologies.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked to develop avionics systems, electronics, and information technology before chucking it all to write full-time—which he now does from his home in the shadows of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super story using logic and a realistic plot - basic good vs evil .
I've been following Ron Collins's writing for some time now, and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. "Starflight" is a wonderful start to what's shaping up as a highly promising sci-fi epic. This first installment centers around a mystery. A distant planet is slated for destruction, a necessary sacrifice so that humanity can achieve faster-than-light space travel. But one of the crew members aboard the ship sent to do the deed becomes convinced that there is life on this supposedly barren world. His obsession with finding the truth leads him into some dark, dangerous waters. "Starflight" is easily enjoyable as a standalone story, yet it sets up future tales well. I strongly recommend it for anyone who enjoys sweeping science fiction epics.
I would not say that I am a hard core sci fi fan, but this book grabbed my attention quickly and kept me engrossed from start to finish. I can’t wait for book two to come out so I can see where the story goes from here. This is sci fi with a strong human element that had me wondering what I would do if faced with the same situations as L.C. Black. A lifelong military man and an entire crew have given a large part of their lives to expand the reach of humanity deeper into space than ever before. However, that human expansion -- like every other one in the history of mankind -- comes with costs. Costs to those that are on the journey and costs to those that might be in their way. Black is obsessed with an idea that he can’t let go of. His hunch may or may not be right, but he has a long time to think about it and try to convince a skeptical military organization that they should reconsider their loyalty to the mission above all else. Black knows that right or wrong, his career has topped out so he is willing to take some risks and go outside of protocol to get answers. With the mission complete and their roles now obsolete, the crew is more concerned about what is next for them as opposed to any altruistic ideals. However, we soon discover that there are some on this mission that adhere to a completely different set of ideals that neither Black nor his superiors ever saw coming. This book examines what we are willing to give up for human progress and who will give a voice to those that have none along our journey. A good balance of thought provoking content to make the reader stop and think as well as action to keep that reader coming back for more. Highly recommended.