The ISF-Allion world is a realistic science fiction far future setting.
The stories revolve around a number of groups:
“Natural” humans from non-military backgrounds
Artificial humans produced to perform pre-described tasks, often in military settings
Workers plucked from the poorest cities in the world to populate and work in vast space stations
ISF, the International Space Force, represents a fairly conservative force consisting of all three of the above groups. They have settled a lot of places in the solar system.
Allion was formed from a company run by two women from the Middle East. They were the first to go to Mars, the first to build settlements in space. This was often done with considerable risk, but their workforce was highly motivated and sourced from ignored and oppressed groups on Earth: brilliant students from developing countries, many women and other people who were over-educated and under-employed.
There are novels in this world and a number of shorter works. The collection below contains other works as well as the ISF-Allion stories.
It is Melati’s job to teach six-year old construct soldiers, artificial humans grown in labs and activated with programmed minds to serve in an interstellar war. Her latest cohort has one student who claims that he is not a little boy, but a mindbase traveller whose swap partner took off with his body. It soon becomes clear that a lot of people are scouring the space station for this fugitive, a scientist with dangerous knowledge about interstellar space.
The best place to hide in the space station is amongst the many cultures and subcultures of the expat Indonesian B-sector. Looking for him brings Melati into direct conflict with her people. She does not want to be seen as one of the enemy, but if the scientist’s knowledge falls in the wrong hands, war will come to the station.
Instead, they chose to maintain a crippling siege that has lasted for ten months.
A small ship escapes from the station with on board a single male occupant whose mind appears to have been wiped. With her skills in artificial mindbases, Melati is part of the team that tries to get information out of him. He could be a human Trojan horse sent by Allion and his calls for help nothing more than a trap to get ISF to send people to the station. Or he could be a genuine escapee from the station where the recycling processes have collapsed and ten thousand civilians have mere weeks until they die of asphyxiation.
Either way, the time for watching and waiting is over. War is about to begin.
A space fleet with seven thousand artificial human marines hurtles through space at near-light-speed to an interstellar war…
Doctor Charlotte West, the neuro-technologist responsible for the soldiers’ artificial brains, travels in the support fleet. Two months before the arrival at the war site, the marines start fighting each other and disobeying commands.
When they are brought in for tests, Charlotte finds that someone has made a disastrous mistake that endangers the entire space fleet. They’re all in love with her.
When Fabio Velazquez arrives on the secretive military base on Jupiter’s moon Io, he knows two things: one, that he’s had his memories erased and two, that he has a secret. Except because of point one, he can’t remember what point two is.
The portents aren’t good: he’s hated by his fellow soldiers, responsible for “the greatest f***-up in military history”, traitor and human guinea pig. Yet, he managed to be trusted with a secret so big that the military has almost killed him and still haven’t gotten their hands on it. Where is it, and who does it belong to?
His nickname might be Escape Artist, but in the hostile environment of Io there is no escaping punishment. Or so the military thinks, but they’re not the only ones interested in him.
A secret base lurks in the cloud tops of Jupiter. They watch. They wait. They will strike.
Many of the stories take place in established worlds. Although the stories all stand alone, they explain aspects that are linked to novels, like the ISF-Allion world.
Learn why Charlotte West became the head of an army.
See how mischievous Ari is when he is fifteen.
Learn what happened to Hadie Kessler on Titan.
Or, in the Earth-gamra world, learn how Hedron was settled and why the people there are different.
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