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The Non-Compliant Space Series: A Guide to the Available Fiction
This guide is more or less in chronological order.
“Kill Your Darlings,” Spoon Knife 3: Incursions
The action takes place in 1945, but the characters’ sense of “now” falls roughly in the first third of The Ambassador and the first half of Nahara, or the summer/fall of 2371. “Kill Your Darlings” is the first piece that steps away from the world of the Jemison and lets us know just how large and messed up this literary universe really is. Makes chasing intergalactic slavers look like small potatoes.
“Scene From a Barbershop,” Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber
Set on Mars in 2357, “Scene From a Barbershop” is the tale of how Resa Molloy and Richard Hayek met. It involves kindergarteners and hair.
Nantais, the first book in the trilogy, takes place in the summer of 2371 (if we’re counting by Earth time, which not everybody is). It’s the story of the ISS Jemison and how she got in way over her head by being too curious for her own good. Also, pirates.
Niralans: An Overview.
Excerpts appear at danialexis.net periodically, tagged “non-compliant space.”
Nahara (available in 2019)
Nahara is the second book in the trilogy, occurring in the summer/fall of 2371. There are fewer space battles, more family drama, and the most dangerous being in the known universe: a 15 year old girl.
The Ambassador is the fourth book of the trilogy. It takes place at roughly the same time as Nahara, during the summer/fall of 2371, and it wraps up before the events of Nirala. Unlike the trilogy, however, it’s less a space opera than a political thriller. Is everyone in this fictional universe a spy?
A one-shot that takes place during the first act of The Ambassador and that gets referenced in the book, but doesn’t actually appear in it. I wrote it based on a Tumblr post discussing how aliens would react to humans’ weird habit of bonding with animals.
“From the Desk of the Ambassador“
Occurs within a few hours of “Travel Companions,” and appears in The Ambassador in a somewhat hacked form. Like everything Niralans say, this one has far more layers of meaning than it appears to have at first glance.
“Dossier” and “Wiretap“
“Travel Companions” did two things: it introduced Anev Nahara, and it sporked the fact that humans’ need for socializing runs so deeply we’ll bond with just about anything. “Dossier” and “Wiretap” take both a bit further, and prove that sometimes the best mischief is made after you’ve left the space station.
“Letter” links Nahara and The Ambassador together, and appears in its entirety in the former as Dar and Koa try to work out exactly how dangerous a 15-year-old girl really is. (Their answer: not very. They’re wrong.)
“Something Within Us Which is Always Surprised By Change” (available in 2019 in Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime)
This short story takes place in 2381, in 2371, and in 2337, and the whole thing is just Hayek talking to someone over drinks. If you disliked the fact that Meredith Cattrell got iced after one scene, you’ll either love this one or hate it – no in-between.