Praise of Xenophobia:
"The cold depths of space have always been the perfect venue for great horror stories, never more so than in Xenophobia, where a fighting force finds itself confronting the deadliest of terrors. Entertaining, brutal, and shocking, this is a must-read for the darkest, coldest of nights."
- Tim Lebbon, author of Eden.
is one of my favourite things to happen in writing to date. I met Tim
years ago, and I fan boyed a bit so didn't say much, but he was lovely
and gracious and still is. It's not everyday an NYT bestselling author
agrees to read a book of mine, and the author who wrote the Netflix
movie 'The Silence' and bestselling novels in the Star Wars, Alien and
and Predator universes, and more.
Nothing's ever simple for Bits and his team. Everyone in the facility has been brutally murdered.
Bits, half-cyborg, Maul, a giantess, and Salamander the sniper are hampered by the ship's civilian mining crew who they must protect from pirateers salvaging the facility's resources, but the answers to the slaughter on 14 Genus are more terrifying than mere pirates. The facility staff might be dead, but 14 Genus still harbours life.
The landing crew are trapped, hunted, and picked off one by one.
Then, the lights go out.