Humanity has spread itself out into the stars a century after an attack by the Dhale, a robotic alien race that almost destroyed humanity. In a final, colossal battle, the enemy forces were broken, sent scattered and retreating in every direction. Now these hunters have become the prey. Although they are still incredibly dangerous, Dhale weapons, alloys, and technology have become an important part of the human economy, especially on Earth. So, fearless human crews in specialized ships, hoping to make their fortune, throw themselves into harm’s way in order to find, break, and strip these enemy ships of their valuable parts. A crew member of one of these ships, Lameshi, describes his experiences during one especially harrowing mission, spending months under the control of a mad captain bent on revenge against a machine. As the hunt brings the final battle closer, Lameshi learns the futility and horror of one mad captain’s battle against reality.
Moby Dick in space!
I’ve been fascinated by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick ever since I read it in university. The book’s main theme is a man, wounded by life, seeking revenge against God, which in his mind is embodied in the White Whale. So, as I worked to move this epic sea tale into space, I had to ask myself what a person wounded by life would seek revenge on if they had no religion. What would the White Whale be to them?
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