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In Roosevelt's shadow

28/04/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Author Mike Resnick dips his toe into military science fiction for the adventures of the starship Theodore Roosevelt.

The starship Theodore Roosevelt is fighting on the far outskirts of a galactic war, its crew made up of retreads and raw recruits. A new first officer reports, Wilson Cole, a man with a reputation for exceeding his orders (but getting results).

He's been banished to the Teddy R. for his actions, but once there he again ignores his orders and comes away triumphant. When the captain of the ship stubbornly follows orders that Cole knows are wrong, he takes command of the ship and wins a major battle. But victorious or not, the service cannot condone a mutiny, even a bloodless one, and he is brought back to stand trial.

Cole realizes that a guilty verdict is a foregone conclusion, and, eluding his guards, he gathers those crew members, human and alien alike, who are loyal to him, and they take off for deep space. Cole proclaims that the Teddy R. is now independent and vows that it will never take orders from the military again.

This is the first of five proposed novels about the starship Theodore Roosevelt. The next four will be, in order, Pirate, Mercenary, Rebel, and Flagship.

Mike Resnick has won four Hugos and been nominated for twenty-five more. He has sold forty-five novels and almost two hundred short stories.

Phyiscal coordinates over at ISBN 1-59102-337-8 and virtual at http://www.pyrsf.com

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