First, the blurb:
Join space pirate Aston West in the second collection of short stories from his universe, featuring classic space opera tales by T. M. Hunter. Building on Aston's first collection (Dead or Alive), these stories feature even more wild adventures, unforgettable characters, and exciting plot twists to satisfy your space opera appetite.
(Again note: Most of the stories in this collection were previously available in my various Triple-Shot collections. Dirty Dozen puts them all in one collection, and also provides an opportunity for those folks who would like to pick them up in paperback form...coming soon)
So, here's the next snippet, from my short story "Inoculation":
Usually, Jeanie was the most logical computer I’d ever met. Certainly, there were times when she seemed to go past her programming and resembled emotions. But what she just said, it bordered on nagging, something I never remembered her doing before. At least not so directly, and not in what resembled an accusatory tone.
Something was definitely wrong.
“Are we close to our destination?”
“Not at all.”
“Are we close to any systems with a communications beacon?”
“Why are you interested in that answer?”
Now something was majorly amiss. Never before that I could think of had Jeanie ignored my question and tried to evade it. Not this way. She was becoming more and more defiant, and I had to figure out what was wrong.
But she also held my life totally in her electronic hands, because she held control over every single system on-board the ship. And because she had my life, she also had the opportunity to do things to end that life.
Hope you enjoyed it! If so, pick up a copy from the link above. And not to worry, edits are still going on with my next Aston novel, All Good Things.