Willful Child

By Steven Erikson

From the New York occasions Bestselling writer Steven Erikson comes a brand new technological know-how fiction novel of devil-may-care, close to calamitous and downright chaotic adventures during the endless vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing venture: to find unusual new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if invaluable obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...

And so we sign up for the not-terribly-bright yet incredibly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley group on board the Starship Willful Child for a sequence of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures via ‘the endless vastness of interstellar space.'

The New York instances bestselling writer of the acclaimed Malazan publication of the Fallen series has taken his lifelong ardour for Star Trek and reworked it right into a clever, artistic, and highly interesting spoof most of the time mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown event. the result's an SF novel that deftly parodies the style whereas additionally paying fond homage to it.

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Sturdy grief, no! ” “Captain! right interrogation systems, utilising an entire array of disinhibitor drugs—” “Unnecessary, document. Let’s simply, uh, enable it lie, ok? ” Printlip’s eye stalks have been waving approximately. “Most disconcerting, Captain, this reluctance of yours. ” “Never brain that. i would like outfits. What’s our ETA to the recognized Rim? How lengthy have I been out? ” “You were in an precipitated coma, sir, for twelve hours. ” “What? Why? ” “Examination of your mind task indicated lengthy sleep deprivation. ” “Really! If i am getting my approach, document, this is often the final time you’re getting your arms on me! Now, locate me a uniform! ” “One is the following, Captain, at the chair beside you. ” “That? That’s a standard-issue captain’s uniform! disregard it. Tammy? ” “What now, Lothario? ” “You watched! ” “Watched, recorded, copied, filed, cached. ” “Displace me a formal uniform, from the stateroom. As for the remainder, we’ll discuss it later. ” “Good idea,” the AI responded. “I am reviewing all of the attainable iterations of extortion, yet haven't chosen the easiest one to exploit, simply but. might be in an afternoon or ? ” “Shut up and provides me a uniform. ” Printlip used to be status beside the mattress, wringing its many arms. Hadrian scowled on the Belkri. “What now? ” “Adjutant Tighe needs to determine you, Captain. She is within the ready room. yet i need to alert you of her condition—” “I can pass judgement on her situation all alone, document. ship her in. ” a number of extra seconds of hand-wringing, which, Hadrian needed to admit, was once type of attention-grabbing to monitor, after which Printlip scuttled over to an aspect door. Activating the iris, the health care provider leaned into the room past and acknowledged anything. Tighe driven prior Printlip, stumbled, and rarely righted herself, whereas the Belkri misplaced its footing on the nudge and rolled around the flooring to thump up opposed to a workbench. The adjutant was once protecting a bottle in a single hand. She weaved over to Hadrian’s mattress and controlled to halt prior to colliding with it. “There y’are. Y’want symp’thy? Freggit. Naw from me! ” “Adjutant, I do think you’ve been consuming. ” “I’m dead! Why no longer? Marines takin’ o’er scurity, and also you! Kaptin! You jus stomp shtamp … stump … st-stamp o’er F’filiation regurltions like a … a … a ssshtomper! ” Printlip joined them, a number of fingers nonetheless dusting itself down. “I did try and alert you, Captain. She wishes a detox misting … back. yet there are issues. ” Hadrian squinted on the Belkri. “Go on. ” “Long-term immersion in Radulak slime, Captain, has ended in everlasting mental dysfunctions, relatively within the neocorteffbl. ” Tighe leaned onto the mattress, bottle swishing. She leered at Hadrian. “What it’s sayin’, Kaptin, is I received undesirable concepts, correct? And I’m seein’ issues. And hearin’ issues. ’Sworse whilst I’m sober. ’Sworse. ” She reeled again to take a drink, and fell onto the mattress, throughout Hadrian’s shins. “Mmm, lumpy. ” Hadrian frowned down at her. “Half a detox a minimum of, document? ” “A tricky stability to accomplish, Captain, whereas she maintains to copy, after which imbibe, extra alcohol. ” “Make it an implant? ” “Ah, sure, a upkeep software in a subdural ’bot.

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