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Literature / Void Dogs

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''Void Dogs'' is a fantasy Space Opera by Alexandra Erin, better known for the adult fantasy series Tales of MU. This lighter, more comedic story follows the misadventures of the crew of the Shays Rebellion, a deep space cargo ship owned by a shady businessman and manned by nameless RedShirts and a crew of "lovable" rogues, including:

  • Lilliana Corsair, scheming "den mother" and manager of the ship's affairs.
  • Dick Unger, the pilot.
  • Regan Bard, delusional mechanic. Possible exiled prince.
  • Galatea Adams, oversexed computer expert.
  • Leo Parda, a genetically altered cat man.
  • Nick Bradley, a practitioner of the "clone lifestyle."
  • Handy, AKA Handjob, one of a group of mass-produced parahumans with another set of arms instead of legs.

The ship's owner, Daniel Shays, doesn't care what the crew does as long as they keep the money coming in.

Provides examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Lilliana
  • Anvil on Head: When the ship is boarded, Handy drops various items including potted plants, a bowling ball and an anchor out of the air ducts onto the intruders. The incongruity of keeping things like potted plants, a bowling ball or an anchor in the duct system is noted.
  • Author Filibuster: In a couple places, the action halts while the narration or a character explains something that bugs the author about science fiction. It's Played for Laughs.
  • A Wizard Did It: Faster-Than-Light Travel, Artificial Gravity, anything else that's impossible or wildly improbable according to the laws of physics is said to be magic instead.
  • BFG: Cicada's GSMR gun.
  • BFS: Regan's monoedge sword.
  • The Captain: Not present among this crew of sociopaths.