Catherine Asaro

Award Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy Author

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Book Type: Novel

The Mammoth Book of SF Wars

What will the future be like?

We think of ourselves as intelligent, but the ability to make war evolved with us from the dawn of civilization. Is violence an innate part of being human? This provocative collection explores how wars and their aftermath might progress with us into the future. From terrorism to armored death machines, from small and bitter skirmishes to vast conflicts that sweep across the stars, from the brutal to the subtle—venture with our authors into the electrifying reaches of the Mammoth Book of SF Wars.

“The Pyre of a New Day”—Catherine Asaro
“The Rhine’s World Incident”—Neal Asher
“Caught in the Crossfire”—David Drake
“Politics”—Elizabeth Moon
“The Traitor”—David Weber

And many more!

Lightning Strike: Book I

Tina Pulivok is returning home one night to her Los Angeles neighborhood when she meets a man who seems lost—an understatement, as he and his Jag star fighter arrived from an alternate universe. As Tina struggles to understand Althor, this strange, handsome man with metallic-looking skin and other variations from Earth humans—they become the targets of a manhunt by police and the military, who captured Althor’s damaged starship.

From memories of her childhood in a Mayan village, to a barrio in East L.A., to a military base and a chance to reach the stars, Tina comes alive as an astute, sympathetic narrator, facing life and tough choices with courage, wit and compassion.

Lightning Strike, Book I and Lightning Strike, Book II together make a revised, updated, and expanded version of the novel Catch the Lightning.


Major Bhaajan, a former military officer with Imperial Space Command, is now a hard-bitten P.I. dealing with more baggage than any traveler through life needs. She takes clients whose woes can be personal or galaxy-shattering, and often both. Bhaaj search takes her deep into the mysterious and deadly Undercity—beneath the capital of a interstellar civilization. What she discovers could change the course of a star-spanning empire.

The Vanished Seas

Survive the City of Cries

Bhaajan grew up in the Undercity, a community hidden in the ruins beneath the glittering City of Cries. Trapped between the beauty and poverty of that life, and caught by wanderlust, she enlisted in the military in her youth. Now retired, Major Bhaajan works as a private investigator, solving cases for the royal House of Majda. She has a new case to solve—why are the powerful elite in Cries disappearing? Only Bhaajan, who grew up in the Undercity, can find them—if she isn’t murdered first.