A collection of profound events taking place before the inception of The Aetherverse, Aethertales is a series of novelettes that serve as a prelude to the debut novel. Though not required for a full understanding of the novel, the series provides an expanded description of key concepts and a historical background that provide even more depth to the already rich universe of The Aetherverse.
In the days of the first colonies, when the stars are within mankind’s reach, the sun is rising over the prosperous state of Acadia and the total freedom it vows to preserve. But as it pushes farther into uncharted space, a dire threat to life and liberty emerges from the dark: one that conquers and slaughters not only the body, but the mind, and which the dangerous collectivism of the galactic Inner Rim has sanctioned with its endless excuses. Warriors of Vega is the first, provocative installment of Aethertales, and a stern warning against all that seeks to suppress freedom of thought, and does so in the name of altruism and social goodwill.
History’s oldest industry conducts its business in broad daylight on Talpretta—until Lucia di Vigilanti, the most famous madam in the civilized galaxy, finds herself under the scrutiny of a government that will stop at nothing before it destroys all free enterprise. When the sexual labor union launches an assault on the Bordello della Libertà, Lucia has no choice but to fight back, to defend the livelihood of her hard-working girls. The second installment of Aethertales, the story of Bordello della Libertà is one of capitalism under siege, and of the surrender of personal choice at gunpoint, for the sake of those whose only choice is to take from others, and give nothing in return.
Centuries have passed since the first seeds of humanity were sown across the final frontier, and the League of Arterra has established itself as the premier power of the galactic Mid Rim. With riches reaped in remote asteroid belts through the whirring of drills and the ambition of miners, the aetherium industry is booming, and has drawn the attention of powers with the most malicious of intentions, hell-bent on seizing what they believe to be rightfully theirs. In this third volume of Aethertales, the bloodthirsty Shatarins have spread terror and death in their wake, all with the approval of the blindly apologetic Caspians who have betrayed their own kind; A Swarm of Locusts is the tale of those who fight to preserve what they have earned, against the hateful parasites that would stop at nothing to destroy everything they have built and hold dear.
Two hundred years after man first stepped foot on the Moon’s dusty surface, humans have become Martians. The Areios Station is their stepping stone to a new home, where Mars’s once lifeless surface now shows the first signs of life in billions of years. But those who had the foresight to leave Earth soon find that escape isn’t as easy as they’d hoped. A Red Earth Rises recounts the struggle of the original pioneers centuries before the events of The Aetherverse, when freedom could be seen through the lens of a telescope, but millions of miles away.
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