Space Trap by Juanita Coulson is her science fiction space opera adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1976 as #20 in the Laser Books science fiction imprint from Harlequin, which printed novels by many authors who would later go on to become prominent in the genre, such as Tim Powers. This story involves an inadvertent alien first contact after a spaceship mysteriously becomes downed on a strange planet.
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O Brave New World…
Ken Farrell has been paired with the best – and the hardest – mentor as a new Surveyman out of the Academy.
R.C. Zachary is a legend; one of the first Surveymen and a stickler for the rules. Tough but fair, R.C. snaps at an undeserving Ken after a meeting with top brass, piquing the apprentice’s curiosity.
What happened in the meeting that almost caused them to miss their flight time? When R.C. has the two-man team drop by an unscheduled planet, Ken begins to suspect that something is going on.
Soon after a mysterious face warns Ken away from the planet, their ship is caught in an incredibly powerful gravity well, sucking them down towards the strange planet.
After making it to the surface, thanks only to R.C.’s legendary piloting skills, they soon encounter an alien race, one that has become hostile due to a misunderstanding. Ken connects with one of them, Thayenta, and he works to understand the telepathic race even as their leader, Briv, proves to be extremely aggressive.
Can he, Thayenta, and R.C. clear the air?
Will there be peace between the two peoples?
In this thrilling race against time and conflict, alien worlds are explored, human issues addressed, and connection, the most basic instinct of all, is built.
Space Trap is a gripping science fiction outing from Juanita Coulson, beloved author of the Children of the Stars series.