Next up on my reading list of indie science fiction authors is John Derderian’s March 2010 Blood Ordbit, which is available in Kindle ebook format for $1.99. It’s a short book–maybe novella’s the best designation–and rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. the Scattering’s reviews and commentary is coming soon. For now, here’s the publisher’s product description– I’m thinking psychological space opera?
Fred and Ted live a pretty quiet, peaceful life as independent shippers hauling cargo around the solar system. Coasting in space for months at a time, touching down at ports only occasionally to deliver or pick up cargo, they are safe even from the constant warfare on the planets below.
That is, until Ted wakes up two days out from Jupiter to find Fred brutally murdered–his head bludgeoned into a bloody mess, and a trail of blood leading away from the body. A trail that makes no sense.
Not only can’t Ted imagine who would want to do this to his friend, there isn’t anyone who could do it. There is, after all, no one else on their ship.
Ted has until planetfall at Jupiter to come up with the answer–to find a murderer who can’t possibly exist. Otherwise the authorities there–the tyrannical megacorporations who control travel around the Solar System–will pin the murder on him.
In the meantime, the real murderer could still be on his ship… Or is the answer the obvious one, that the murderer is Ted himself?