Return to Grombridge 1618 (Horse Cooke Series #2)

by BJ Creighton

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Set in 2585, this hard science fiction novel follows Stringship Captain Horse Cooke as he escapes the tax agents by going to Groomby, the planet where he placed a colony a few years earlier. His claustrophobia and a failure of his comm equipment leads several of his crew to worry that he’s been killed during a battle to defend the Vandyville Colony during a massive attack by orcs. After the attack is repulsed he uses volleyball diplomacy to arrange a détente between the humans, chewies and orcs despite millennia of orc-chewie hostility. He brings the chewian ambassador to a tepid welcome on Earth and where he is arrested by tax agents.

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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: Minor


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: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
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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