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Second Chances

A wounded warrior in need of a reason to go on

by V. J. Mikles

These two stand-alone short stories set in "The New Dawn" universe, free to my newsletter subscribers.

A Reason to Walk

Saskia lost everything the day she was shot. The bullet that paralyzed her started a Revolution on her world. Rescued by an outsider, she's taken from her world and declared a deserter. Her physical recovery has been slow. Then a new captain arrives on her ship and gives her a reason to walk.

The Lost Ingredient

Long before the Matthews brothers bought their spaceship, they were forcibly separated. In these three vignettes, Tray Matthews uses his love of cooking to cope with the loss of his brother, and to reconnect when they find each other again three years later. Each memory includes the recipe Tray is cooking.

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The New Dawn is a science fiction action adventure series. Humans have moved away from this solar system and colonized a new planet, Aquia, and that planet's moons: Terrana and Caldori. Aquia was devastated after a war with the Caldori settlement. The surviving cities retreated into protective domes, and have lived in relative isolation for the past four hundred years, resulting in divergent and unique cultures, some thriving, some dying, some dead and gone.

These two short stories set in "The New Dawn" universe will give you a taste of my characters, but can be read independently of the novel series. They are free to my newsletter subscribers.

About the Author

I am an astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. I’m the author of The New Dawn science fiction series, so named because every new dawn is a new chance to make things right. While developing my novels, I wrote and produced a series of comedic films about asexuals surviving the hypersexual world, inspired by my own journey. My motto in life is that I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time.