Aalund’s Final Mission

Aalund’s Final Mission

A 'solid' (Locus) 'engaging story' (Tangent) of relativistic war

A captain, a commissar, and the ultimate crisis at 0.99c:

If your propulsion system goes off-line, how can you slow down?

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About the Book

After decades of service, Captain Aalund has one final mission: tow a
wormhole to an enemy star system, then retire on a tropical beach.

Until enemy action knocks out the tractor beam generator back home.

Now, his ship can’t slow down.

Can he find a way to save his ship and crew from dying of old age in
the depths of interstellar space?

Can he overcome the unyielding fanaticism of his ship’s political officer?

Previously published in Analog, March/April 2023

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Genre: Science Fiction
Tag: short stories
Publisher: CV-2 Books
Publication Year: 2023
ASIN: B0CPP6B2LZ
ISBN: 9798871077245
List Price: $7.99
eBook Price: $0.99
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An "engaging story"
"Solid"
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About the Author
Raymund Eich

Raymund Eich is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose middle American upbringing is a launchpad for journeys to the ends of the universe.

His most popular works are military science fiction series The Confederated Worlds (novels Take the Shilling, Operation Iago, and A Bodyguard of Lies) and the Stone Chalmers series of science fiction espionage adventures (novels The Progress of Mankind, The Greater Glory of God, To All High Emprise Consecrated, and In Public Convocation Assembled). He has over ten other published book-length works and more than thirty published short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Odyssey, Analog, and the anthology Surviving Tomorrow, and has earned honorable mentions and a semi-finalist award in the Writers of the Future contest. His works are available worldwide in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook editions.

His most recent prior novel, Exploration 2127, was published in October 2021 by CV-2 Books (https://cv2books.com).

After circling the world by age five, he grew up in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. He earned a B.A. and a Ph.D., both in biochemistry, from Rice University. Though he’s no longer a working scientist, hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins.

In addition to his writing career, he works in patent law, won a national quiz bowl championship, is a husband and father, and affirms Robert Heinlein's dictum that specialization is for insects.

He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter. His last name has one syllable and is pronounced “eye-sh.”

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