Humanity lies in ruin. Our once invincible empire has crumbled, and refugees struggle to survive on backwater colonies and broken ghettos on the fringes of the galaxy. Worst of all, any child born with a spark of psychic potential is hunted down by elite telepathic operatives of the ruling alien government. But now, with the entire species on the brink of extinction, everything is about to change…
For nearly ten years Jenavian Vale has faithfully served the Convectorate as a Spider, tracking down and capturing potential telepaths before their powers grow out of control. But when she finally catches up to her latest target, she realizes he is more than just another rogue “Fly”— he is none other than Markus Coveri, her former partner and the only Spider that has ever defected. And he holds the key to an ancient secret that could change the course of human history.
As the chase begins, Jen must pit her loyalty for the Convectorate against the fate of her own beleaguered species…and her loyalty to the Spiders against the life of her only friend.
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY is an action-packed adventure full of colorful characters, dazzling space battles, and galaxy-spanning conspiracies—in other words, the consummate Space Opera (160,000 words).
The Spider and the Fly
About the Author
C.E. Stalbaum grew up reading plenty of space opera and fantasy, particularly Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan, and most of all Timothy Zahn. In 2011, Stalbaum published "The Last Goddess" and has written nearly a dozen other novels and novellas since. C.E. Stalbaum also writes the dark fantasy "Godswar Saga" under the name "Jennifer Vale."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Intriguing premise, fun and great pacing. The right amount of battles (few) interspersed with thought provoking fiction. Timeless... with astral space and psi godlings, will prove to be a great sf read countless years from now.
Complex with many surprising twists.
Great Sci-Fi story a must read.
Great story, great writing, great everything. Kudos and thanks to the author! Dale M. Baranoski