Available September 15, 2020
The Languid Belly
of the Beast
The job: Deliver one revolutionary for hire to a secret meeting.
The catch: He needs to be delivered to Earth. THE Earth. Ancestral home of humanity and the seat of power for the paradoxically named Free Earth.
If it wasn't for the money, Inez would never have taken this job. If she was given the option not to take it, which come to think of it she definitely wasn't. Inez is a cargoist, and while this charming man is not cargo, this was still her vocation.
While she is enjoying the new cloak and dagger job, she won't be able to do it alone. She needs someone who can get her past the Free Earth security computers, which means reconnecting with Sara Ringwald. Sara, her ex-lover and eternal question mark in Inez's past. Sara, the daughter of the man she killed. Sara, who is most definitely up to something.
As they get ever closer to Earth, one thing becomes very clear: Suddenly, her jobs have consequences, and Inez is not sure she wants to pay them.
The Loneliness of the Deep Space Cargoist
Inez Stanton is a cargoist, that rare breed of adventurer who takes to deep space solo, ferrying valuable cargo for the Tenth Great and Glorious Browns Company. It's usually an uneventful, quiet life. But now, the worst thing imaginable for a cargoist has happened. A collision with space debris has left a large hole in her ship, nearly crippling it. And that might not be the worst part.
The totalitarian Free Earth, led by the populist Brother Lin, has also lost a ship on this lane, and is intent on finding out why. The Company wants their cargo delivered and can enforce steep penalties if she doesn't succeed. With the nearest waystation three days away, death in the cold vacuum of space is a distinct possibility as well.
Inez begins to wonder if the mess she's in could be related to her own past. The clock is ticking for her to deliver her cargo. But will she want to when she finds out what she's actually carrying?