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It has been about five thousand years since humankind first ventured out into the galaxy. Instead of a Star Trekkian/Babylonfivealonian/Starwarsian universe filled with weird aliens and lascivious green skinned women, they found... no one. The galaxy was empty of other civilizations. It was all ours. Humankind had access to tens of thousands of habitable worlds and resources beyond measure. The galaxy was our playground and our wonderland.Thousands of years of warfare followed.
Prime Commander Bill Keeler of Sapphire – a sarcastic, drunk who never expected to command a starship -- serves as Pegasus's captain.
Executive Commander Goneril Lear of Republic - Pegasus's conniving shrew of a First Officer, Goneril Lear, plots ineptly to take over the command she believes should have been hers. Part of one of Republic's most elite and powerful families, her ambition is exceeded, fortunately, by her utter incompetence.
Tactical TyroCommander Phil Redfire -- The ship's tactical chief likes to blow stuff up in the most artistic way possible, which is considered an art form on the planet Sapphire. He has a stormy pass and a weakness for exotic women.
Lieutenant Navigator Eliza Jane Change -- The ship's Navigator can see the future (because you kind of have to in order to navigate through hyperspace) but really doesn't want to be on the ship and resents everyone else.Rounding out the main characters are a smokin' hot shuttle pilot, a less attractive shuttle pilot, a wildly unstable Artificial Intelligence, a talking cat, and a super-smart, brown-nosing junior officer who helps Keeler with "that technical stuff" since he knows nothing about how his ship works. Each book takes the crew to a new and different world (often more than one). 2,000 years of social evolution since the collapse of the Commonwealth have produced a wildly divergent range of civilizations. Some of them can't even be considered human anymore, even in the loosest sense of the word. (They've become electric dragonflies, sapient trees, mutant carnivals, telepathic dolphins and such.)
Also, in the darkness between the stars, a terrifying enemy awaits.