Dive into the Dragonfire Station series, where an empire is poised to fall, and things are always more complicated than they seem. This is a universe of well-developed characters who carry the weight of the galaxy on their shoulders. But they’re no superheroes. They’re just flawed, complex people willing to do what they do best–which is kicking butt–for the good of the alliance.
If you can’t get enough of stories with compelling characters who sometimes have to make up the rules as they go along, as in Firefly or Deep Space Nine, you’ll enjoy Dragonfire Station.
History tells of great civilizations that have fallen, but little is said about the process of the fall. Dragonfire Station shows the struggles, triumphs, and humor of people living in a civilization in peril. The first three Dragonfire Station books show, from one person’s perspective, how such a fall begins. Translucid, Fragments, and Coalescence are Fallon’s birds-eye view of how it all begins. The next part of the story focuses on Cabot, a trader with a view of the seedier parts of life and a secret desire to do some good. His Mercenary Warfare series forwards the overall story, but stands on its own–just like Cabot himself.
This is an immense character-driven universe with intersecting plot lines and characters that arc independently–as is the case with real life. Zen DiPietro has plans for multiple spinoff series, which will continue publishing after Mercenary Warfare is complete, and will also stand on their own while fitting into the larger mosaic of the Planetary Alliance Cooperative.
Translucid (Dragonfire Station, Book 1)
Praise for Translucid:
“All science fiction should be this good…Did I mention this is a totally kick-ass sci-fi adventure?”– Mark Gardner, Article 94
“With a final act as high-octane as I could have wished for, Translucid sets up what promises to be a thrilling new series that will indeed focus on space espionage and covert treachery.” Imyril, One More book blog
“Zen’s writing style is so smooth and fluid, it’s a pleasure to read. Even when Em, the protagonist, is under pressure, I feel like I’m reading a latte of words.” — M.D. Cooper, author of the Intrepid Saga series
“Intelligent sci-fi/spy thriller, with several unique twists on the genre.” — Bestselling author G.S. Jennsen
How does a great empire fall?
It starts with one person.
Emé Fallon is a PAC officer and the security chief of Dragonfire Station—and she does a damn good job of it. That’s where her competence ends. Outside of work, she has a wife she doesn’t know, a captain who seems to hate her, and a lot of questions that don’t add up.
The doctor tells her going about her day-to-day life. That’s supposed to either encourage her memory to return or help her move forward. But there are things about her the doctor doesn’t know. That no one around her knows.
One thing’s for sure—she knows how to fight.
While she’s fighting for herself, she’ll realize that she and the galaxy have the same problem—and she’ll need to fight for them both.
One person can change a galactic empire, once she knows who she is. Will she end the PAC—or save it?
Fragments (Dragonfire Station, Book 2)
Praise for Fragments:
“If you want to read a book with action, cool spaceships, awesome gadgets and really neat technology then I highly recommend Fragments by Zen DiPietro!”– G. Matthews
“Firefly meets Serenity.”– Mark Gardner, Article 94
The fall of an empire doesn’t happen with one event. It is a series of events, in the right order, which follow one another to the inevitable.
Avian Unit is on the run and out of time.
What’s a team of soldiers to do when they find themselves on the wrong side of their own empire? Avian Unit will give everything they have for one another–and to save the Planetary Alliance Cooperative.
Fallon now knows who she is, and where she belongs–with her team, doing what they do best. Now they need answers. Not only about what happened to Fallon, but also what’s gone wrong with the PAC. If getting those answers means attacking the very government they’re fighting for, then so be it. Storming the PAC base on Earth will certainly be a unique challenge. But then, Avian Unit specializes in tackling the toughest cases. If that means battling their own fleet, so be it.
Can they outmaneuver the very people who trained them? Any mistakes will cost them their lives, and any chance of saving the alliance. Can one tiny rebellion keep the PAC from splintering?
Heroes aren’t supposed to become the hunted.
Coalescence (Dragonfire Station, Book 3)
Praise for Coalescence:
“I did it again. Bought another one of Zen’s books and devoured it in one sitting.” — Brinstead
“This series just keeps getting better and better, and it started out great.” — Tom Watson
“If you’d a fan of Firefly, Deep Space Nine or The Expanse, you’ll totally grok this series.” — Mark Gardner
Four soldiers against an entire empire.
Avian Unit is ready to settle things with Blackout once and for all. But every time Fallon thinks she knows what’s going on, another twist smacks her right in the face. She follows one clue to the next, finding that the problem goes much deeper than she ever dreamed.
It won’t be easy fighting the very government that trained them, but fighting is what Avian Unit does best. They’ll put themselves against whatever fleet is aimed at them.
They’ll give everything they have for one another–and to save the PAC.
Can one little rebellion save an empire from destroying itself?
Avian Unit is sure as hell going to try.
The Cost of Business ( A Dragonfire Station Short Story)
Take a free tour of Dragonfire Station in this short story. Click to purchase on Amazon.
Praise for “The Cost of Business.”
“A great little short story in the world I love.” — Steve Hauser
“Good story…with a hint of dinosaurs.” — Hard2Please
“Impressive! Highly recommended. Will go on to read more about Dragonfire Station in ‘Translucid.’” — Andy F.
Not all good guys finish last.
Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else’s problem. In order to get free of it, he’ll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he’ll even manage to turn a profit.
Intersections: Dragonfire Station Short Stories
Science Fiction is a brilliant genre because anything can happen. It’s a sandbox mode for humanity, letting us imagine possibilities and examine reality. We can have a front-row seat for war, espionage, and invasions. But sci-fi isn’t just about strife. It’s about wonder and hope, too.
Intersections is a collection of eight feel-good stories that show those bright spots. Some stories do have happy endings, and there is reason to hope.
An unexpected alien first contact.
A down-on-her-luck teen tries to make good.
A doctor must choose between career and friends.
A reptilian runaway fights against the shackles holding her down.
A trader does what’s right, even when people expect him to do wrong.
The Dragonfire Station series shows how an empire can fall. But even in the midst of chaos, there are stories of triumph. These stories, which are unseen by the battling titans, nonetheless create ripples that affect far greater outcomes.
There are no minor characters. Everyone is the hero of their own story.
It’s a good day for an adventure.
Selling Out (Mercenary Warfare, Book 1, a Dragonfire Station series)
It’s all just fun and games unless a profit can be made.
Cabot Layne is a trader, through and through. Some might call him a pirate, but he never breaks the law. He only bends it. One thing’s for sure–he’s certainly no hero. Except a certain BlackOp officer seems to think he is, and sends him off on a mission only a trader can pull off.
That only a very good trader can pull off.
War is good for business.
Cabot’s not concerned with the safety of an allied planet, or even the PAC itself—everyone knows guys like him are privateers who only care about themselves. But if he can save the planet and make a profit too…well, that might not hurt his reputation too much.
Sometimes a shady guy needs to play good guy.
For fans of seat-of-the-pants fun of Guardians of the Galaxy, or the character-driven frontierland of Firefly, Mercenary Warfare is a satisfying, page-turning read.
Coming July 2017