Last Ship Off Polaris-G (A Central Galactic Concordance Novella)
by Carol Van Natta
A bureaucrat and an interstellar trader must overcome treachery and their broken past to save the last inhabitants of a dying planet.
Frontier planet Polaris-Gamma is dying, afflicted by a suspiciously-timed blight that destroys all crops. Worse, the whole system is now under military quarantine by the Central Galactic Concordance to prevent the catastrophic blight from spreading. The settlers must escape—or perish.
Caught behind the blockade, independent trader Gavril Danilovich finds his interstellar trading ship commandeered in the desperate plan to escape. He tells himself that's the only reason he stays, and not because he's worried about the woman he walked out on two years ago—who still lives on Pol-G.
Supply depot manager Anitra Helden races to gather the last of Pol-G's assets. Her plan to launch a mothballed freighter off Pol-G may be crazy—but it can work, if she can talk Gavril into helping. Their precious cargo? Four thousand stranded colonists.
Can Anitra and Gavril, and their ragtag crew get past the deadly military blockade?
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Series note: The events in Last Ship Off Polaris-G take place several years before Overload Flux (Central Galactic Concordance, Book 1). Think of it as an introduction to the series, and a foreshadowing of things—and people—to come in the main story arc.
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication Date: 25 August 2017
Cover Art: Carol Van Natta
Copy Editor: Shelley Holloway (Holloway House)
Length: Novella (35,000 words)
Series: Central Galactic Concordance
About the Central Galactic Concordance Series: Book 1 is Overload Flux, a standalone story that introduces Luka Foxe and Mairwen Morganthur, and the worlds of the Central Galactic Concordance. Book 2, Minder Rising, introduces Lièrén Sòng and Imara Sesay, and the ubiquitous Citizen Protection Service. Book 2.5, Zero Flux, is a novella with another adventure for Luka and Mairwen from Overload Flux. Book 3, Pico's Crush, stars Jerzi Adams, of Overload Flux, and includes cameo appearances by Luka and Mairwen, and Lièrén Sòng. Each book is a complete story, but your experience will be enhanced if you read the series in order. Last Ship Off Polaris-G is set several years before these books, and is a good introduction to the CGC universe.
The setting for the Central Galactic Concordance series: Millennia from now, humans have expanded civilization to more than 500 planets in the galaxy, thanks to faster-than-light space travel, interstellar communications, and sophisticated terraforming capabilities. The Central Galactic Concordance government maintains interstellar safety and commerce with the Concordance Command military and the Citizen Protection Service elite forces. The CPS also has another important function: testing, registering, and making use of minders, humans with talents in telepathy, telepathy, and patterns.
Peace and stability have reigned for two hundred years, but underneath, trouble is brewing. Minders with mid- and high-level talents usually find their way into CPS service, whether they want to be there or not, and the required enhancement drugs have debilitating side effects. Jumpers, the special forces personnel with added hardware and body reinforcements for piloting ships and operating mech-suits, often suffer from debilitating waster’s disease once they retire from service. The CPS has deeper, darker programs and powerful reasons to keep them secret. Minders, once a misunderstood minority, are now common in the human population, and want respect and freedom. The CPS, once the savior of civilization, has been using increasingly draconian measures to maintain control. Something has to give, and it won’t be pretty.