Book cover of  Barbary Station.  The title at the top is in bold yellow text. Overtop of the title, the eponymous station drifts against a background of stars. Start with the biggest relatively clean shipbreaking harbor on Earth, compress it like it's in the crew area of a cruise ship, and put that in a ring-shaped space station. That was Waypoint Station, its name before the war. Run it for decades, abandon it, shoot missiles designed in the 2460s at it, and blow up or scare off all the humans who knew how to maintain it, and you’ve got Barbary Station. In the lower left corner of the image, a small (by comparison) spaceship approaches the station.

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Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates—only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now they have to outwit the AI if they want to join the pirate crew—and survive long enough to enjoy it.

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Adda and Iridian are newly minted engineers, but aren’t able to find any work in a solar system ruined by economic collapse after an interplanetary war. Desperate for employment, they hijack a colony ship and plan to join a famed pirate crew living in luxury at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive there, nothing is as expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury—they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system is killing station residents and shooting down any ship that attempts to leave—so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the AI met an untimely end, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if only they can survive long enough.

Praise for Barbary Station:

"This book is good fun. I really enjoyed this, and I bet you will, too."
—Ann Leckie, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice

“An exhilarating mashup of Golden-Age widescreen and zeitgeist cool. Totally unexpected. More please!”
—Award-winning author Stephen Baxter

"Grabs you in chapter one and doesn't let go. This book is for everyone who ever wanted to be a space pirate."
–Mur Lafferty, Award-winning author of Six Wakes