Under Fortunate Stars

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Solaris, May 9, 2023 - Fiction - 480 pages
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A modern, progressive homage to classic space opera stories, with flawed heroes and time travel

Two Ships. One Chance To Save The Future.

Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue—until they encounter the research vessel Gallion, which claims to be from 152 years in the future.

The Gallion’s chief engineer Uma Ozakka has always been fascinated with the past, especially the tale of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war with the Felen. When the Gallion rescues a run-down junk freighter, Ozakka is shocked to recognize the Five's legendary ship—and the Five's famed leader, Eldric Leesongronski, among the crew.

But nothing else about Leesongronski and his crewmates seems to match up with the historical record. With their ships running out of power in the rift, more than the lives of both crews may be at stake...

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

Considering that this is a first novel, it's a perfectly acceptable slice of modern space opera. Basically, it's a "Beach Read." If there is one thing that I thought was notable, it's that Hutchings, in the context of a time-loop story, uses flashback interludes very effectively. Read full review

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User Review  - capewood - LibraryThing

2022 book #45. 2022. A deep space research ship gets caught in a subspace rift with a fabled ship from the past, the ship and crew that negotiated the end to a war with an alien race some 150 years before. Somehow they have to get free to save history. Good yarn if a little slow. Read full review

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About the author (2023)

Ren Hutchings is a speculative fiction writer, writing mentor, and history grad. She spent most of the past decade working in game dev while also plotting twisty space novels. She loves pop science, unexplained mysteries, 90s music, collecting outdated electronics, and pondering about alternate universes. Ren always drafts out of order, and almost everything she writes ends up involving a dash of time travel. You can find Ren online at renhutchings.com, and on social media as @voidcricket.