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A Fire Upon the Deep [S1]
by Vernor Vinge (1992)


Physical laws relax a bit on the edges of space... populated by everything from the super-intelligent beings of the Transcend to the low-tech races of the Unthinking Depths. When the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.





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Trading in Danger [S1]
by Elizabeth Moon (2003)


Kylara Vatta disappoints her family when she shrugs off tradition and pursues a military career. When she is expelled from the Academy in disgrace she returns home to her humiliated family, a storm of high-profile media coverage, and the gaping void of her own future. She gets a shot at redemption as captain of a Vatta Transport ship, unknowingly heading straight into a colonial war.





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Grimspace [S1]
by Ann Aguirre (2008)


As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace, a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her... for a price. Her help in overthrowing the established order.





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Blue Remembered Earth [S1]
by Alastair Reynolds (2012)


Geoffrey Akinya wants to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin in Africa. When his spacefaring grandmother dies, he is basically blackmailed into to going to the moon to make sure the family's name and business interests stay suitably unblemished. But circumstances dictate that his is about to go to the edge of the solar system.





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Terms of Enlistment [S1]
by Marko Kloos (2013)


The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.





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Fortune's Pawn [S1]
by Rachel Bach (2013)


An ambitious young mercenary gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed... it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, she knows she's found a perfectly dangerous way to get the jump on the next part of her plan.





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Starflight [S1]
by Melissa Landers (2016)


Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence. Just out of the orphanage, Solara Brooks needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. A twist of fate lands her on a vessel of dubious repute, where she finds a family and an adventure existence-shattering proportions.





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The Stars Are Legion
by Kameron Hurley (2017)


Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is the only person capable of boarding a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion, which is is traveling in the seams between the stars. Zan must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world.





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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
by Christopher Paolini (2020)


Kira Navarez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she's awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonised planet, she finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation.


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