Steven Lyle Jordan has 18 published novels: One detective drama; one non-fiction study of the development of ebooks; the rest science fiction. Some of his SF novels are currently available on Amazon in ebook format:
The environmental crisis caused by the eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera leads Earth’s desperate residents to seek refuge on the four city-satellites in Earth orbit—Verdant, Tranquil, Fertile and Qing—but the satellites are already at capacity, and further overloading will ruin their survivability as well. As the satellites find themselves fighting against a forced occupation by populations they cannot hold, a secret group on the satellite Verdant has an agenda of its own, one that will remove the satellite from the threat of attack… and if they succeed, will trigger the next age of human history.
Life in deep space is nothing like what the sci-fi shows would have you believe: It’s nothing but a lot of emptiness, occasional sources of the chemicals and minerals necessary for survival… and the city-satellite Verdant, in forced exile from Earth. And when the deep-space discovery of the age is marred by the unexpected disappearance of one of Verdant’s freighters, CEO Julian Lenz and his staff must make a difficult decision: To take Verdant into hiding, perhaps forever; or to return to an Earth in uncertain condition, and risk Verdant’s survivability.
The Mirror is more than just another virtual world; it’s a worldwide phenomenon, with average and exotic character “reflections,” a unique physics of its own, and social, political and financial aspects that are deeply entwined with those of the real world. So when a plot is uncovered to destroy The Mirror, it’s serious. It’s a race to save The Mirror, and the real world with it, played out by the most clever minds of both worlds, and led by a mild-mannered reporter and his Mirror reflection, the greatest of virtual superheroes: Zenith!
Carolyn Kestral’s encounter with the hostile, spider-like Raians, and their attack virus—code-named Venom—didn’t kill her as expected, but all the same destroyed her career in the Orion Guard. Now the proud owner of a Quicksilver-class freighter, she gathers a small crew and goes into business on her own. But when a clandestine first run attracts the attention of the Spiders, Kestral’s crew worries that the stress could trigger the virus within her, turning Kestral at the worst possible moment into a lethal human weapon…
Despite Captain Carolyn Kestral’s best efforts, her medical past and hazardous reputation means she must accept sketchy freight jobs just to make ends meet… including jobs from shadowy and barely-legal organizations like the Concorde. And when one of those sketchy jobs at the remote Rho station takes a bad turn—and a group of innocents are marked for death—Kestral and the crew of the Mary realize that, to help them escape the Concorde’s wrath, they need the aid of an unlikely new ally: The wily and mercenary Captain of the Jovian Skies.
Planet Shura Dva seems to be deliberately resisting and sabotaging the terraforming work of the Oan Engineers. A local workers’ leader claims to be able to “feel” the planet’s anger… but the Engineers think he’s really a terrorist leader secretly orchestrating the attacks. And in the midst of local labor squabbles and strange planetary phenomena, Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the Mary arrive on Shura Dva to help out a friend in need… and discover that the planet itself may not allow them to leave!
Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the Mary, as well as Coray Gheris and the crew of the Jovian Skies, get caught in a crossfire of rival planetary corporate entities, con men, assassins and killer robots, all centered around the wealthy House of Jacquarelle… and in the process, discover a shocking secret about one of their own!