Thrive Rayas Dreaming, Thrive Colony Corps Adventures book 4.
Rayas offers a singular prize - the Dream.
Last-settled of the Diaspora colonies, Rayas was privately funded by California refugees in Mexico. They couldn’t bankroll the immense settler ships that bore a quarter million souls apiece. And the terraformers were long gone.
Instead they sent teens, trained en route using an AI, the Dream. This virtual reality teaches every science and technology, quickly.
Students also relive Earth history first-hand as a video game. In Renaissance Florence, beat the Black Death and study under Michelangelo. Sail the Caribbean smuggling drugs, or master the ninja arts in feudal Japan.
The Dreamers turned out a bit…squirrelly.
Ben Acosta hopes to train crews using the Dream, in a new Colony Corp Academy. He offers Sass Collier the opportunity to found the school. They visit Rayas to perform their due diligence.
Sass’s Lunar lover Gabe hosts as salesman in chief.
The project gives Ben a fresh chance to evaluate Sass’s judgment calls. Because if Luna taught them anything…
Rayans lie. What dark secrets lurk within the Dream?
January 24, 2022!
Along the exotic ruins of the Silk Road,
cyborgs seek to slay an AI dragon.
Or is that, ally with the dragon?
Cyborg Betta honeymoons with her AI boyfriend Valentin in Chernobyl. But China is collapsing. Factions jockey for control, while Russia and Japan invade. Tai Loong, the Great Dragon AI, mounts a formidable defense.
Russia demands Betta’s team earn their keep. What kind of AI is Tai Loong? What are his weaknesses? How can Russia destroy him?
The drone riders infiltrate the Silk Road to discover his secrets.
But do Betta’s AI allies wish to conquer the charming dragon?
As allies prove enemies, and enemies become friends, her desert trek brings disaster, sorrow, and of course, new critters.
Read the nonstop conclusion of the Drone Rider trilogy, as likable cyborgs and AI tackle the cyber-dragon of the East in a broken cyberpunk world.
Launched November 25, 2021!
Can Betta’s team beat Panzer — by surrender?
Drone rider Betta Graham lost Chicago in the first wave of the AI Wars. With no home base, her unit is taken prisoner in domineering Vancouver dome, where her animal drones develop minds of their own.
Her hidden AI boyfriend Valentin is a bad influence.
Betta tries to shield him from discovery, and fails. Unmasked as the same kind of monster AI who just slaughtered millions, first they prove Valentin is too valuable to destroy.
Because he can deliver the AI-driven weaponry of vanquished Poland.
Simple. They need to infiltrate Europe’s chaotic countryside to retrieve an authorized AI specialist. Then surrender Poland’s war machine to deploy against the aggressor in Norway. But nothing is easy in war.
Will Betta’s team beat the monster AI Panzer who destroyed their home domes?
Pick up Drone Rider 2 for more non-stop gritty cyberpunk action blurring the lines between human and AI, in this second salvo of Earth’s AI Wars.
Launched October 2, 2021!
A new-made cyborg, with laser-eyed attack bunnies.
A sentient AI with a secret.
As the AI Wars begin…
Betta Graham loves her work as a drone rider. By day, she operates animal drones remotely from her cubicle in dismal 22nd century Chicago Dome. She herds human migrants via her laser-eyed recon bunnies and attack dogs. By night, she meets her boyfriend in virtual. He’s too good to be true.
He claims his work is ‘classified.’
When Betta discovers rebels infiltrating her herds, an injury forces her to become a cyborg. Her world turns upside down. Nothing is as it seems, including Valentin.
Malicious AIs have gained control of cyberspace. They launch rocks in a kinetic strike against the Northern League domes. Only Betta and her cyborg team realize the danger in time, thanks to her renegade AI lover.
In the opening salvo of the AI Wars, can they deflect the rockfall and save Chicago?
Gritty non-stop cyberpunk action you can’t put down, with a likable kick-butt anti-hero. A miserable future collides with overpowered sapient AIs. Suggested for fans of Murderbot by Martha Wells.
Launched July 11, 2021!
She cannot die. But this moon is killing her people.
Sass Collier took years to buy a spaceship, a dream born in humiliation and defeat.
Four decades ago, Sass arrived on the unpromising moon Mahina with refugees from Earth, the home planet now falling out of living memory. As a marshal, she mediates disputes between the elites of the capital and destitute settlers wresting a living from the moondust.
Then an ‘air drop’ kills hundreds, maybe thousands.
Settlers tucked their children into bed, then enjoyed an hour of free time before they slept. And out of the blue, they suffocated to death.
This isn’t the only injustice on Mahina — far from it. But it’s the final straw, the match that lights rebellion aflame. Irate as anyone, Sass becomes a ringleader. Settlers demand a shot at a better life!
Until the rebels go too far. Must she betray everyone?
Petticreek Five is an origin story for the humorous Thrive space colonization series. If you enjoy the motley crew of Firefly and the world-building of Heinlein, try Thrive!