The Outback Stars

The Outback Stars

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Lieutenant Jodenny Scott is a hero. She has the medals and the scars to prove it. She's cooling her heels on Kookaburra, recovering from injuries sustained during the fiery loss of her last ship, the "Yangtze, " and she's bored -- so bored, in fact, that she takes a berth on the next ship out. That's a mistake. The "Aral Sea"""isn't anyone's idea of a get-well tour. Jodenny 's handed a division full of misfits, incompetents, and criminals. She's a squared-away officer. She thinks she can handle it all. She's wrong. "Aral Sea"""isn't a happy ship. And it's about to get a lot unhappier. As "Aral Sea" enters the Alcheringa -- the alien-constructed space warp that allows giant settler-ships to travel between worlds, away from all help or hope -- Jodenny comes face to face with something powerful enough to dwarf even the unknown force that destroyed her last ship and left her with missing memories and bloody nightmares. Lieutenant Jodenny Scott is about to be introduced to love. Author Sandra McDonald brings her personal knowledge of the military, and of the subtle interplay between men and women on deployment, to a stirring tale that mixes ancient Australian folklore with the colonization of the stars.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 101.6 x 172.72 x 27.94mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765355558
  • 9780765355553
  • 828,734

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"Likeable characters, excellent development, and a series of interlocking puzzles worked out against Australian culture that most Americans will find exotic. A smart, fun, read."--David Drake on "The Outback Stars"" """The Outback Stars "takes a number of interesting ideas and weaves them into a fast-moving page-turner--rivalry aboard a large naval vessel, surviving a terrible accident, mysterious deaths, among other things. But what really sets it apart is the introduction of Australasian Aboriginal myth and cosmology as an integral part of the ways and means of interstellar travel. The author shows intimate knowledge of the nuts and bolts of what "really" makes big ships tick--and her careful attention to the elements of Aboriginal culture makes this even more worthy of a reader's time."--Walter Hunt, author of "The Dark Ascent" "Sandra McDonald knows the Navy, what makes a ship run well and what can make it run badly. Lieutenant Jodenny Scott is the sort of tough, smart but thoroughly human officer we'd all like alongside us in an emergency. She and the other vivid characters in "The Outback Stars "propel forward a great story combining military fiction and criminal investigation in space."--John G. Hemry, author of "Against All Enemies" and (as Jack Campbell) "The Lost Fleet: Dauntless"show more

About Sandra McDonald

Sandra McDonald has been a Hollywood assistant, a software instructor, a bureaucrat, and an officer in the United States Navy. Her short fiction has appeared in "Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, " and elsewhere. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.show more

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851 ratings
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4 35% (296)
3 33% (281)
2 11% (96)
1 6% (47)
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