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Space Opera Digest 2022

Have ship, will travel

by Sonia Orin Lyris

Adventures among the stars need a ship to get you there.

Stories Rule Press presents Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel

Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advanced craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.

Come and explore over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press' 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest.

Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel is the second volume in a quarterly collection of genre fiction anthologies presented by Stories Rule Press.

"Sole Survivor" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Captain" by Stephen Sottong
"Big Top" by Sonia Orin Lyris
"Cycle Three" by Stephanie Mylchreest
"Star Cruise" by Ron Collins
"Watch of the Starsleepers" by Christopher D. Schmitz
"Tome Raiders" by Eric Del Carlo
"The Passenger" by Eve Morton
"An Ordinary World" by J. L. Royce
"Insanity is Infectious" by Cameron Cooper
"Achemar" by Jasmine Luck
"Moby Dick's Doors" by Michèle Laframboise
"Learning Curve" by Neil Williams
"Exotic Matters" by Phil Giunta
"An icub on Mars" by Barbara G. Tarn
"Of Hedgehogs and Humans" by Rob Nisbet
"Smugglers Blues" by Blaze Ward
"Altered Skin" by Sara C. Walker
"An Unexpected Taste of Home" by Terry Mixon
"Symphony" by Douglas Smith

Big Top by Sonia Orin Lyris

Ariana Rumala has inherited her father's fluxship, Big Top. For her first voyage, Rumala has called back the old crew, some of the strangest non-humans she's ever met.

Rumala has scored the crew a lucrative first contract: to transport one of the richest children in the known universe. If everything goes as planned, this will pay off her debts. A bit of sublight travel, one flux jump to Pavo Station, deliver the cargo, pay the crew, and Rumala could be in the black.

But flux is unpredictable. Ships can end up where they aren't supposed to be.

Can Rumala get the ship to its destination, hold together a diverse crew, and deliver the cargo, all before the debts come due?

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Publisher: Sapphire Books

About the Author

Sonia's stories have been published in Asimov's SF Magazine, Wizards of the Coast anthologies, and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. (That last one's mainstream. Get it?) She loves puns.

Her novels include The Seer (Baen Books) and sequels. Also her Magic the Gathering novel called And Peace Shall Sleep.

Her writing has been called "immersive," "ruthless," and "unsparing." Also, "not half bad!"

Hobbies include martial arts, dance, decoding the nature of reality, fine chocolate, and feline poetry.

She loves to hear from readers. To become one, check out her site, at There are pretty pictures, too.