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Space Junk is a 96,000-word modern tale of the quest for liberty in a space-faring future where an AI supports an oppressive regime that beats down on a humanity that’s still just as human as ever.
Humanity struggles to colonize the solar system until the Waymaker, an alien artificial intelligence, arrives and offers help in exchange for resources to build its army of Von Neumann probes. Fast forward two hundred years, and Sol Corps—an exploitive socialist regime backed by the Waymaker AI—now controls everything, and humans seem fine with it.
Captain Jack Hale and his crew of space junkers live by a code. They do the job, get paid, and keep their heads down so that the secrets of their past don’t come to light. Hauling junk in the asteroid belt seemed like an easy job. But everything changes when Jack and his crew stumble across a mining camp filled with dead bodies. While walking through the camp, they find a scared little girl who knows the truth about the massacre.
By saving the girl, Hale and his crew aboard Cabrón are pulled into a revolution that’s about to be smothered before it ignites. Only Hale can save it, but the problem is, he and his crew are outlaws, fugitives hunted by Sol Corps and the Waymaker AI.
Outmatched by his enemies, Hale will need to change the rules if he’s to win. The odds are against him, but Hale has an ace up his sleeve, or rather, in his blood: special nanites that just might give him an edge to beat Sol Corps at their own game. The secrets of his past may just be what saves the future for all mankind.
Space Junk by Rachel Aukes
96,000 words - Science Fiction
Publisher: Aethon Books (Audiobook: Recorded Books)
Published: May 3, 2022
Links: Website - Amazon - Audible
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