Don’t know what you’re getting yourself into? Keep reading.
If you’re already a fan, this might give you some interesting background.
What Is Starbreaker?
The Starbreaker saga is a great big sloppy pastiche of awesomeness, set in a future similar ours where…
- First contact happened over 10,000 years ago.
- Aliens have lived among us throughout the history of civilization.
- Humanity has begun to colonize the entire solar system while still healing the scars of a global collapse they remember as Nationfall.
- Benevolent artificial intelligence works alongside humans.
- An elite corps of tribunes investigates and punishes abuses of power wherever they occur under the aegis of the Phoenix Society.
- All-too-human androids rock out with swashbuckling sopranos.
- The gods came from outer space.
- An ancient evil is bound beneath the ice of Antarctica.
- The dark lord wears white, already rules the world, and is trying to save it.
If you can’t tell whether it’s science fiction or fantasy, don’t worry. It’s both and neither. It’s science fantasy. I mean, what else should I call it?
Starbreaker is a saga where all-too-human androids and swashbuckling soprano catgirls expose corruption and fight demons from outer space on a near-future alternate Earth. Humanity has risen from global collapse to an interplanetary Renaissance in less than a century. Meanwhile, a clandestine war between demons threatens to go hot once more. Morgan, Naomi, and their friends are caught in the middle and they are profoundly displeased.
How It All Began
I began writing the Starbreaker saga in 1996, seeking to write a literary rock opera paying tribute to classic heavy metal and progressive rock. The sensible thing to do would have been get a few other people together and start a tribute band, but I already knew I wasn’t enough of a musician to do the job.
The epic first took the form of a previously unpublished novel in 2009. After years of work, I re-imagined the Starbreaker saga as a quartet of novels, and released the first of them in 2013. After getting side-tracked with a prequel featuring a major supporting character as its protagonist – and the responsibilities of a married man with a day job – I’m ready to continue the saga.
Who Is Starbreaker For?
It’s for me, first and foremost, but it wouldn’t be as much fun if I tried to bogart the awesomeness. Pick a fandom. Any fandom. Chances are you’ll feel right at home.
Unless you’re some kind of fascist. In the Starbreaker setting, the only good fascist is a dead fascist.
I’m not going to deny that Starbreaker is political, but it’s no more so than Queensrÿche’s 1988 album, Operation: Mindcrime.
Where Can I Get Starbreaker?
If you’re interested, I’m releasing the rough cuts online. I’m working on making works of varying lengths available so that you can fit Starbreaker into your life.
No more than 5,000 words. Readable in one or two sessions.
- “The Milgram Battery”
- “The Holiday Rush”
- “Tattoo Vampire”
- “Limited Liability”
- “Thirteen Cuts”
Between 5,001 to 10,000 words. May require up to four sessions.
Want more, but don’t have time for a novella or a full novel?
- Steadfast — the original version of Silent Clarion
Between 10,001 to 25,000 words. May require up to twelve sessions.
- When You Don’t See Me (WIP)
At least 50,000 words. These could take a while.
the Starbreaker saga
- Without Bloodshed — Part One
- Dissident Aggressor — Part Two (WIP)
- Shattered Guardian — Part Three (on hold)
- Unyielding Defiance — Part Four (in planning)
Some of the cast of Starbreaker. Artwork by Harvey Bunda commissioned by the author.