Two Spaceships. One Cargo. No Escape.

When a routine bit of piracy goes wrong, the crew of the Song of Stone realise that there’s a bounty hunter on their tail. One who might, finally, be able to outclass them. The Dragon Queen is feared across space, and for good reason. But even the bounty hunter doesn’t realise what she’s been hired to do. Or what is in the container she’s been sent to retrieve.

And she’s not the only hunter in the game…

Set in the world of bestselling computer game ELITE, and launched to tie in with the latest version, ELITE: DANGEROUS – a game almost 20 years in the making. One of three very distinct – but subtly linked – novels written by major authors who are fans of the game, this novel will be a must-buy not only for the 25,000+ people who funded the new game on kickstarter, but also for all of those fans of the original game.

Welcome to the website of Stephen Deas, author of historical, fantasy and science fiction. Recent releases include The Splintered Gods (Gollancz), Elite: Wanted (Gollancz), and Bulldog Drummond: Dead Man’s Gate (Piqwiq), and of course the The Royalist, a historical mystery thriller set in the English civil war.

There’s a lot of stuff here. Almost none of it is relevant to what really matters – the enjoyment of a good story – so wander the site if you have inclination, but if there’s anything new and important, it’ll be on this page on the right. News is anything directly relating to books and competitions, while Critical Failures pages contain the odd review and other random outpourings.

Forthcoming Appearances: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (now and then)