The Compact Universe

This is the Compact Universe. For a suggested reading order, check out this page.

The Suicide Arc

Amargosa has been liberated. The Children of Amargosa have moved into their adult lives. But a baby left on Suicide’s doorstep will draw them together into a battle against those seeking to control human immortality.

The Amargosa Arc

The original trilogy. Five teenagers suddenly have to grow up when the Gelt seize Amargosa. First, they learn to become warriors. Then they disobey orders to reach a fallen starship.


No Marigolds in the Promised Land

Compact Universe 0. You can either start with this one or read it after the Amargosa Trilogy.

The world ends while John Farno is asleep. Now he’s practicing the ultimate in social distancing. 40 light-years from the nearest human being, he has no way off Farigha, a Mars-like terraforming project, and no way to communicate with civilization. When he finds himself alone, he has only the contents of his rover to sustain him. That’s not going to be enough.



The Seeds of War

The stories leading up to The Children of Amargosa…

In the beginning, an alien with a potato tricks a young governor into attacking an alien race: Humans.
A minister for humanity’s oldest interstellar outpost suddenly needs help from a cult to Marilyn Monroe.
A spoiled rich kid ends up stranded on a distant farming colony. And in the crosshairs of an alien invasion.

The Homefront Arc

Between The Children of Amargosa and Second Wave

An admiral fails to retake Amargosa but discovers the real enemy is in Earth’s backyard.
The captain and engineer responsible for resurrecting humanity’s warp drive efforts find themselves on a mission of mass destruction.
A former Gelt servant is tasked with uniting human and Gelt on a world abandoned by the Compact and the Realm.

Gathering Storm Arc

Between Second Wave  and Storming Amargosa. All books scheduled for 2020

The Gathering Storm Omnibus by TS Hottle

Read The Gathering Storm Omnibus!

Short Stories

There’s only one now, but watch for more!