Robert Appleton

Exploring Worlds

            Sparks in Cosmic Dust




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Published: September 26, 2011


Science Fiction Adventure

Length: Novel, 87000 words

Editor: Deborah Nemeth

Cover Artist: Croco Designs


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A Cosmic Sparks Novella

by Robert Appleton

June 4, 2012



A Cosmic Sparks Novel

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The final frontier is shrinking. Interstellar Planetary Administration sanctions are forcing the border colonies of deep space into extinction. Kappa Max is one of the last major cutthroat outposts, home to the lawless and the lonely…

Varinia Wilcox, the star attraction of a lucrative bordello gambling house.

Solomon Bodine, spurned by his lover and looking for distraction.

Clayton Barry, AWOL and a few drinks away from having to live in the gutter.

Lyssa Foaloak, a double-crossing criminal who'll kill anyone for a few credits.

Four strangers, each with secrets that could cost them their freedom, are desperate to get off-planet. They meet Grace Peters, a cynical ex-doctor with an intriguing offer: a six-month trip to a faraway moon where she claims a stunning fortune awaits.

But this adventure is no easy escape. Danger, passion, secrets and madness await. Can they survive the mission, and each other, to make it out alive?  

*Contains strong adult content. Only suitable for readers over 18.

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Read the author's 5-part series on the writing of Sparks in Cosmic Dust:

Part 1: Concept

Part 2: Character

Part 3: World-building

Part 4: The Writing Process

Part 5: Submission