This book began a decade ago, but never got past the first chapter. When I decided to start writing seriously, I dusted off the manuscript to see what could be salvaged. In the end, only a small portion of the original was retained, along with the main idea.
As initially envisioned, the book was intended as a stand alone short story. After I finished it, my beta readers (bless their hearts) were interested in more back story concerning the villains of the piece, and I was compelled to add a significant amount of new material. This moved my “short story” clearly into the novella category and I was quite pleased with the final product.
A late afterthought as I was writing included the information of two other colony ships sent out from Earth long after Expedition was launched. My intention here was to goose up the story with an interesting tidbit, but instead it led to the perfect opening for a trilogy. Though each book may be read as stand alone, they all tie together and come full circle by the end of the third installment. When you finish with Expedition, you won’t be able to resist Odyssey and Exploration. Enjoy!