The Laughing Lip

Mythology repeats itself.

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Book 1:  All Shall Go to Wrack

Humanity barely holds back the spidery zhīzhū, voracious competitors for rare Earth-like worlds.  Imperial Fleet ships have disappeared from the Reserve Anchorage near Proxima Centauri.  Piracy is increasing along Yi Tan's Reach.  Human “Manifest Destiny” fanatics are preparing biological genocide of Tau Ceti IV’s non-human bipeds while sympathizers in Fleet itself prepare for open rebellion. 

 

With these crises converging, Cuchulain “Murphy” O’Meath of the Emperor’s Jin Jun has been set loose to disobey orders, forge Imperial Writs, and just possibly find a way to get matters under better control.  Along the way, he illegally detains Lt. Urwah Grunon, Fleet Marine, and Lt. Commander B. P. Avinashini, Fleet’s most skilled Gandiva pilot.  O’Meath takes them to Tau Ceti IV to find Fahnisht, O’Meath’s non-human friend and Clanlord.  The puzzle begins to come together as the zhīzhū lurk and genocide begins.