Thrive Series - Space Colony Adventure
If you love exciting space adventures with an ensemble cast of well-meaning misfits, you’ll love the Thrive series. For fans of Firefly, Robert A. Heinlein, Nathan Lowell’s Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, and Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse.
"Quirky characters, fun tech, and social uprising? Yes please!"
"Best series I've read in years!"
"Really fun. This feels like Firefly, but it's not a cheap knock off. I'm straight on to the next one."
The original series begins with Skyship Thrive, but you can also jump in at the second series with Thrive Earth Return.
There's a reference timeline here. Books 1-4 available on audio.
These series are now complete!
Thrive Space Colony Adventures!
|Book 1: Skyship Thrive
An ex-cop who cannot die. A moon full of settlers who cannot thrive. The original colonists built a high-tech urban paradise. Then Earth dumped desperate refugees on them. They scrape a bare living outside the citadel. Skyship captain Sass Collier tried to rouse them once, and failed. Against her will, she’s about to try again.
|Book 2: Spaceship Thrive
Pirates, slavers, and deviants! Captain Sass Collier steers her motley crew across the treacherous planetary rings, seeking answers on the moon Sagamore. Only the deranged denizens of the rings can help Sass upgrade her ship. But are the natives the most dangerous obstacle of all?
|Book 3: Interplanetary Thrive
Five months there. Five months back. Denali is one hell of a trip. The prizes on offer are beyond their wildest dreams. Will Sass be able to hold her fractious crew together, get the goods, and meet her launch window home? Or will the trip prove to be her undoing?
|Book 4: Starship Thrive
Marooned on a hothouse planet, with no fuel to get home. Sass and crew face the ocean deep, volcanoes, and microbes, and finally learn how Sass became immortal. But will they make it home with the greatest prize in the system?
|Book 5: Ringship Prosper
The Thrive crew reunites to test a faster-than-light breakthrough that could change everything. Can Captain Ben Acosta keep his decrepit ship flying, help his ex prove ground-breaking new physics, save innocents, steal priceless technology, and pay the kids’ tuition?
|Book 6: Sanctuary Thrive
Sass and the Thrive crew find Sanctuary Colony to hold failing communities with awesome tech, protected by an AI who just might prove Sass’s undoing.
|Book 7: Prosper & Thrive
Thrive and Prosper unite to visit three worlds, hoping to pull a Marco Polo on the scattered remnants of humanity. Can their vision of interstellar trade work?
|Book 8: Sylvan Thrive
Thrive accompanies an expedition to colonize Earth-like Sylvan. Everything goes wrong. But is it pristine forested Sylvan, or sabotage?
|Book 9: Sentient Thrive
Humiliated and bankrupt, Ben and Remi try to harness the AI Loki to save planet Denali. But they're trapped inside an airless asteroid. A buddy story!
|Prequel: Petticreek Five
Twenty years before Skyship Thrive, Sass Collier disgraced herself as a marshal, and landed under farm arrest for her role in the Petticreek Rebellion.
|Prequel: Power to Thrive
On the colony moon of Mahina, the citadel holds all the power — literally. Scrappy mechanic Copeland concocts an audacious plot to steal some back.
Second series, Thrive Colony Corps Space Adventures!
|Book 1: Thrive Earth Return - second series opener!
Sass returns to Earth after a century, and finds it far from dead. Can the reborn Colony Corps make friends in the home system? Or new enemies too big to handle?
|Book 2: Thrive Earth Rematch
Sass embraces Earth’s criminal underworld to save the biosphere, while the Northern League closes in. On Mars, Ben finds priceless tech. But can he retrieve his people on Earth?
|Book 3: Thrive Luna Regroup
Thrive’s home system tour concludes on freaky Luna, where the hidden agendas of three worlds collide. Or is it four worlds, or six? And will their historic expedition end in triumph, or a rout?
|Book 4: Thrive Rayas Dreaming
The Thrive team visits Rayas colony to acquire their VR training system, the Dream, but find old factions a nightmare, and restless ghosts in the machine.
|Book 5: Thrive Nozomu Appeal
With Earth invasion imminent, Ben and Sass hustle to unify the space colonies, train crews, and expand the fleet. Can a strong defense divert the Earthlings from Mahina?
|Book 6: Thrive Aden Ruin
The ultimate goal, to save Earth. The approach, indirect. Ben migrates the Rayas space station, while Sass takes recruits to investigate the demise of planet Aden. The Colony Corps will lose them both.
|Book 7: Thrive Gandhi Requiem
Ben struggles to reach home across universes, while the next generation finds purpose and prizes on gaudy colony Gandhi. Is Sass gone forever? Don’t miss the time-traveling, Bollywood spectacular series finale!
|Aloha Thrive, Books 1-3
An ex-cop who cannot die. A moon full of settlers who cannot thrive. The original colonists built a high-tech urban paradise. Then Earth dumped desperate refugees on them. They scrape a bare living outside the citadel. Skyship captain Sass Collier tried to rouse them once, and failed. Against her will, she’s about to try again. Thrive books 1-3!
|Warp Thrive, Books 4-6
Marooned on a hothouse planet, with no fuel to get home. Sass and crew face the ocean deep, volcanoes, and microbes, and finally learn how Sass became immortal. But will they make it home with the greatest prize in the system? Thrive Books 4-6!
|Migrant Thrive, Books 7-9
The first series concludes! Have warp gateway, will travel! Three tales of colonies who believe the grass is greener on another planet. (No, it isn't.) Thrive Books 7-9!