Welcome to the Black Ocean series by J.S. Morin, author of the best-selling Twinborn Trilogy and Mad Tinker Chronicles. Tech, Lies, and Wizardry is the prequel short story to the series.


Science to build a starship. Wizardry to take it past light speed. A crew to give it a soul.


In the year 2254 gravity was officially declared to be magic; the scientists gave up trying to figure it out and handed it over to the wizards. Without the inherent respect for the laws of physics, the wizards poked and prodded at gravity, poring over all that science knew about the attraction of one object to the next, and dismissing it as poppycock. They discovered ways around the tired old limits, and gave birth to the first true starships. Some enlightened journalist, covering the maiden voyage of the Impossible, noted that the ship was shaped like a hand giving the middle finger to science.


The dreams of children came alive, and humanity expanded into the cosmos, unlocking the secrets of the galaxy.


Who could have foreseen that three hundred years later, a down-on-his-luck captain would be answering distress calls, hoping to arrive in time to get first pick of the salvage …


Prequel short story, Mission 0.5: Tech, Lies, and Wizardry


A heist goes wrong on a space station, and the crew of the starship Mobius are caught between a local crime boss and a galactic syndicate. Can Captain Carl Ramsey weasel his way out of this one? More importantly, can he weasel out of it and still get paid for the job?