LUCIFER’S STAR is a dark space opera set in the distant future where humanity has spread out along the galactic spiral but is a primitive, violent, war-torn society still.
After a huge war between the Interstellar Commonwealth and the Archduchy of Crius, starfighter pilot Cassius Mass witnesses his homeworld bombed to oblivion as revenge for the Commonwealth’s casualties.
He also discovers, as anyone who reads space opera should guess, the Archduchy was actually a brutal imperialist nation that probably deserved to be destroyed. Devastated by his lost friends and family, he ends up a drunk working on a space freighter. Unfortunately, he’s not able to leave behind his past since the Commonwealth’s agents want him to stop a resistance movement which will kill millions more if it’s allowed to gain traction.
It becomes a serious question of ethics, war, politics, and also stabbing people with a proton sword.
Lucifer’s Star is both the name of the series as well as the first book. It takes place in the Spiral, which is the area of the galaxy which humanity lives. It’s noted the rest of the galaxy is populated but humanity is considered a backward unimportant species. It’s a bit a ‘take that’ to those who assumes humanity would be super-special and badass should we enter into a larger universe—we’re more like Space Slovakia.
What makes your world special or different?
For me, I think it’s the fact the book takes a deconstructive look at a lot of the tropes which we normally associate with Space Opera. I’ve heard it called an “R-rated Star Wars” and that’s not a bad description. Characters are left traumatized by the conflicts they’ve fought in and suffering severe losses which haunt them. The aftermath of the war is arguably worse than the actual fighting and we see the idea of rising up against the people occupying the former Archduchy in a decidedly cynical light–just like we see the occupiers the same way. Even so, I love adding over-the-top action, starfighter fights, sword duels, and other classic tropes even as I play out the serious themes.
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