The Orphan Ship

by Sterling R. Walker


Stranded 225 million kilometers from home on Mars Station, cousins Jake O’Brien and Lorina Murphy are drawn into a fledgling effort to help the hundreds of abandoned street children who call the station home. Jake becomes a medical apprentice in an outreach clinic, while Lorina volunteers at a juvenile shelter. They soon discover that their efforts may be in vain because something much more serious than poverty plagues Mars Station.

Also stranded on Mars Station, ship’s captain Danae Shepherd faces the difficult task of hiring replacement crew after an alien virus claims the lives of four in her employ, including her husband. She stumbles upon the same problem that has Jake and Lorina stumped: why are homeless children disappearing without a trace?
The Orphan Ship was awarded a 2012 silver medal from Children’s Literary Classics.


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Category: Science Fiction – Dystopian



The Lost Sheep

by Sterling R. Walker


Captain Danae Shepherd returns to Mars Station with her crew of the Ishmael, fully aware that she is walking straight into a trap. But Danae isn’t going to let a little thing like being wanted for murder keep her away, not when her ally Dr. Erik Sorensen is stuck in jail; and not when evidence is desperately needed to end police chief Acheron’s depraved side business of abducting homeless children and selling them as slaves.
Danae’s nervous crew agrees to her daring plan, which is based more on luck than strategy, but her clairvoyant helmsman Marco Ting raises the level of tension with two chilling premonitions: the Captain’s plan will unravel once they reach Mars Station, putting all their lives in danger, and someone close to Lorina Murphy is going to die.

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