As an independent beltrunner mining asteroids in the frontier of space, Collier South is a dying breed. Scrounging and cutting corners to work cheap, Collier isn’t a stranger to lean times and make-do repairs; in fact his onboard computer hasn’t had outside maintenance in years and its beginning to show its personal quirks.
When Collier finds an asteroid that shows promise, he thinks he’s bought himself some time. But his claim is stolen out from under him by his vindictive ex-lover and her shiny new corporate ship. Powerless against the omnipotent mining corporations, Collier has always been too stubborn to give-up without a fight. Broke and desperate, Collier has one last chance to land a strike. If he doesn’t come back with ore, he’ll end up destitute and trading his own biologicals for his next meal.
What he discovers in the farthest reaches of the belt has the power to change his life and the fate of the entire system forever. That is, if Collier and his onboard computer can keep his discovery out of corporate hands.
About the Author:
Sean O’Brien is an educator and writer from Southern California. He is married and has two children along with an ever-growing number of animals. He was named Educator of the Year by the California League of High Schools and has been a head varsity football coach, television broadcaster, and Gilbert and Sullivan singer (though not a good one). He’s the author of A Muse of Fire, Wondrous Strange, and Vale of Stars.
Introduction by Sean O’Brien
"This is a fast moving book that leaves you breathless with hair-raising action and unexpected twists. The world creation is well-developed and highly creative. The interactions between Collier and Sancho are particularly entertaining - with Collier coming up with implusive dangerous plans and Sancho trying to talk him out of them. Highly recommended for action space lovers." -- Patricia Humphreys
"Beltrunner opens in the style of the early masters of science fiction with a lone miner, Collier, racing against the might of the Corporation to claim an asteroid with hopefully lots of valuable minerals. With his trusty computer sidekick, Sancho, Collier uses his intuition and experience to scratch a living by finding minerals on asteroids. Collier is a typical spaceman hero as he uses his intelligence and knowledge of physics to win the race – he’s even described as craggy. He’s up against the corporations which use their money and legal power to cheat and exploit the mining community. And you find this out right from the beginning as Collier’s ex-girlfriend, a spaceship captain of the corporation, is following him to this asteroid. He must outwit her or be cheated of his claim." -- Wayne Harris, andromedaspaceways.com
"It was fast-paced and the characters and the dialogue were interesting and believable. I became very invested in the friendship between Collier and Sancho." -- rosapoma
"At last! Sci-Fi as it was meant to be, Beltrunner by Sean O'Brien, is a tale of a down-on-his luck, working-stiff asteroid miner who uncovers a universe changing alien artifact. The main character is excellently drawn, warts and all, along with the requisite redeeming qualities. The action moves right along, making it an interesting and enjoyable read." -- D. M. McLane
"An entertaining read, fast paced and full of heart that takes the usual space miner concept and ups the ante ten fold to make it fresh and original." -- epweil
"I enjoyed this book very much. It as a quick, easy read with few characters who interacted well with each other. The storyline was interesting and very well written. There is not a lot of physical action in this book but the dialogue keeps you entertained." -- florabundi
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