Until he’s handed an on-planet assignment in Ireland, of all places, as an undercover international student of aquaponics. His real plan? To pull scientists and their families out of a country careening toward civil war—and off Earth, to a world of their own—before a martial law lockdown ends their groundbreaking discoveries.
Risking his life is no novelty for Ranyk. He’s been battered by asteroids, nearly incinerated in volcanoes, and has out-piloted pirates. But political espionage on Earth is more dangerous than anything he’s encountered before, and he’s completely ill-equipped for such delicate matters. Now he must figure out who to trust and who to eliminate, or it will mean his freedom, the safety of forty thousand colonists, and the lives of his friends.
Title: Houses of Common
Author: Derick William Dalton
Publisher: Synaptic Labs
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Formats: 372 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, softcover; e-book
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Sterile Field (short story)