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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 in the course of the limitless vastness of interstellar space.

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

And so we subscribe to the not-terribly-bright yet tremendously cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley staff 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 ebook of the Fallen series has taken his lifelong ardour for Star Trek and reworked it right into a clever, artistic, and highly unique spoof as a rule 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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