Stringship Vandenberg (Stringship Worlds #1)

by BJ Creighton

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Working to please his father, who was killed in an act of heroism, Stringship Vandenberg Captain Horse Cooke leads a small group of colonists and astronauts as they travel to create the most distant human outpost. They discover highly evolved life including the first two intelligent, non-terran species, one friendly, one not.
In the Groombridge 1618 system the humans find superintelligent "chewies," who resemble sea otters, and stand upright on land. They warn of an attack by orcs, the unfriendly sentient species. The quarter-tonne orcs have a near-human intelligence and are armed with weapons and use tactics like those of Alexander the Great. The almost unarmed astronauts have little protection when hundreds of orcs attack. The 54 humans have no defense but killing many orcs, in direct violation of human laws to protect all species on other planets. After three attacks are repulsed, the Vandys improve the colonists’ defenses and return home where Horse learns that doing what is best is better than following the regs and rules, as he thought his father demanded.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: 18-34 (New adult/twentysomethings)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Space - Our Galaxy
Realism: Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
Setting Type: Space
Time Period: 2200 - 2999

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Nature-based survival action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Significant romantic themes
Genre Science Fiction
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements transcend modern science
  • Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
  • Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
  • Science well beyond modern definitions, bordering on fantasy
Setting Type:
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Space
Time Period:
  • 2020 - 2030
  • 2030 - 2050
  • 2050 - 2100
  • 2100 - 2200
  • 2200 - 3000
  • Far Future (3000+)


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About the author

BJ Creighton

Mx. Creighton has been writing and telling stories for years, but these are the first satisfactory novel-length works. BJ has plans to revisit a science fiction trilogy to see if its novels can be raised to publication quality. BJ does extensive traveling and tries to remain current on scientific developments. The setting for No Sanctuary came from volunteering at Rowe Sanctuary in south-central Nebraska. Rowe sees about half a million sandhill cranes each spring, a spectacle that prompts a migrations of birders and bird watchers to the Kearney-Grand Island area. The ideas that led to Ebolavirus came from the secrecy surrounding various bio-terrorism efforts. Many people have contributed to the many BT projects, but they and their research results are largely unknown. This work is so extensive that security classifications have been lost, researchers have come and gone and so on. It is well known that both Soviet and American governments worked on weaponizing Ebola, hence this novel.

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