A Light in the Dark (Tales from the Deep Dark I) – Nathan Lowell

This novella is set several decades before Ishmael’s adventures in Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper. Captain Gunderson and his crew run into a small rock way out in the Deep Dark, leaving the jump engine disabled. They are off the shipping lanes and slowly running out of consumables. This was […]

Captain’s Share (Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper V) – Nathan Lowell

After a decade on the William Tinker, where he has progressed from third mate to first mate, Ishmael finally sits for Captain and shortly thereafter receives command of the Agamemnon, a small cargo ship with only eight crew. The Aganemnon  has a bad reputation. It is crewed by troublemakers and misfits, and profits have been abysmal. Unlike […]

Double Share (Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper IV) – Nathan Lowell

After graduating from the merchant marine officer’s academy, Ishmael Wang starts work as a “boot” Third Mate on the cargo ship William Tinker. He soon discovers that the ship has serious problems, with crew morale dangerously low. The Captain is a recluse who almost never comes out of his cabin, the First Mate is a […]

Full Share (Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper III) – Nathan Lowell

After an accident involving a coronal mass ejection cripples the ship and threatens the lives of the entire crew, Ishmael is set to work investigating why the safety systems failed. He is now fully rated, meaning a higher share of profits, but the officers pressure him into thinking about the officer’s academy. After the somewhat disappointing Half […]

Half Share (Trader’s Tales of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper II) – Nathan Lowell

The second book in the series picks up exactly where Quarter Share left off. Ishmael transfers from the galley to environmental. He also starts to come to terms with women and relationships with such. As in the first book, there is no imminent danger and there are no action scenes. Mr. Lowell has a knack […]

Quarter Share (Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper I) – Nathan Lowell

Teenager Ishmael Wang’s mother dies suddenly and as a result he has ninety days before he is booted off the company-owned planet where he lives. One of the few options he has is to join the merchant navy. This book purposefully eschews space opera staples like aliens, ship-to-ship battles and other disasters for a less […]