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Survival story turned heist, this is a joyful, rip-roaring read for fans of deep space adventure and courageous, slightly surly, heroines.

There is no better place to escape your problems than the deep, empty chasm of space; that is until an unlucky run-in with high speed debris sets off a chain of life-threatening and terribly unfortunate events. 

The Loneliness of the Deep Space Cargoist by JS Carter Gilson follows a short, but high stakes, adventure in the life of Inez Stanton, who is just trying to deliver her cargo and pay off her loans. This relatable motivation gets incredibly complicated by the fact that her solo delivery route through deep space gets interrupted by debris flying off another spaceship wreck. While her small-but-sturdy ship isn’t completely destroyed, the collision does put her in a tight situation. Three days away from the nearest way station, limited oxygen, no gravity and a computer that responds in varying languages she doesn’t speak, Inez has to use all her resources to stay alive --- and this is just the beginning.

An exhilarating space romp, this novel is the perfect little bite of adventure, daring escapes and touching robot moments. Clearly written by a science fiction aficionado, The Loneliness of the Deep Space Cargoist flirts with tropes just enough to be cute while keeping the reader entirely entertained. This story checks all of the boxes: life threatening space debacle, a whip-smart and spunky protagonist with a troubled past, an intergalactic governing system fraught with tension and negligence. An absolute joy to read, this book is the perfect snack to wet your sci-fi appetite and leaves you wanting to read much more of Inez and her outer space adventures. 

The world-building in this story is excellent -- enough to keep the story fresh without bogging down the plot. The background information about Earth and the people chartering Inez’s services adds nice layers to the time sensitive, life threatening situations Inez keeps finding herself in. The story also sprinkles in some nice hints between the action about Inez’s upbringing and her more recent drunken escapades, adding depth and complexity to our heroine. It doesn’t take much to jump into the story but once you’re there you’ll find a beautiful world of space travel, self discovery and just a touch of melodrama. 

Highly recommended for fans of A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers or Joss Whedon’s Firefly, this is a fun space tale that seems to be just the beginning of the adventures of Cargoist Inez Stanton. 

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About the author

JS Carter Gilson lives in Nashua, NH with his wife, two cats and two guinea pigs. He is the author of THE LONELINESS OF THE DEEP SPACE CARGOIST (first of the Cargoist series), and FIENDS OF THE HUB, his first novel. You can find him on social media where he would love to know if you liked his books. view profile

Published on May 26, 2020

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30000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Science Fiction

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