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Cover for Steal the Demon, a science-fiction novella by Robert Roth


Steal The Demon

A Science-Fiction Novella

For a score this stellar, who wouldn’t break a few rules?

As an ace pilot (and occasional smuggler) at her father’s shipping company, Kimiko Yanaka’s life was good. Until the ruthless Corporate Confederation swooped in and sent her father off to the Callisto mines for smuggling, that is. Forced out of the pilot’s seat, Kimiko soon found herself blacklisted from every gig she could find and rapidly running out of creds. For one of the system’s top pilots, that’s a fate worse than getting spaced. But to get back behind the stick, she realizes that she’ll need her own ship. And the only way she’s gonna get one is to steal it. Never one for half-measures, she’s determined to steal not just any ship, but a top-of-the-line, fast-courier class Shaitan.

When she finds an unexpected ally in the notorious hacker Paradox, Kimiko turns from pilot to thief, intent on sneaking her way into the Al-Zamani Shipyard, in orbit around 511 Davida. The system’s top-rated shipbuilder was considered impossible to infiltrate, protected by a scrupulous AI and its army of Security Bots. But Kimiko’s got Paradox watching her six and is willing to try just about anything.

Part cosmic heist, part sci-fi thriller, this gravity-defying tale will have you floating off the edge of your seat from the beginning to its explosive end!

Reviews for Steal the Demon

★★★★★  “This was a compelling story. It was well written and well edited.”

★★★★★  “Wonderfully written with snappy dialogue.”

★★★★★  “I loved this story!”

★★★★★  “Exciting, diverse story set in a believable future!”

★★★★  “Kimiko is a hero for the ages…. don’t hesitate to pick up this gem and run with it.”

★★★★  “Roth’s crisp writing and entertaining queer-coded characters make this novella a delight to read.”

The cover of Downstation Blues, a science-fiction novella by Robert Roth


Downstation Blues

A Science-Fiction Novella

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Earth Orbit Station–Prime is the system’s gateway to Downwell Earth and a jewel in the Corporate Confederation’s crown. It’s the largest of the orbital stations and home to hundreds of thousands of Confederation citizens. With its pristine parklands, electrifying nightlife, galaxy-class shopping, and inspiring entertainment, life aboard EOS-1 can be luxurious and carefree. As long as you live Upstation.

Life is rough for a young snatcher working the Downstation markets and corridors of EOS-1. Since Nix is Unregistered and forced to live off the dregs of Upstation society, a rough life is the only one he knows. But when his orbit gets all spun out, and he catches heat from the hard-driven agents of Earth Orbit Station Security, Nix has to face some harsh realities about what he believes and who he cares about before he gets sent on the short walk and long drop on the Downwell Express.


Robert Roth

Robert Roth (he/him) is a working-class queer nerd and author helping to overthrow the capitalist patriarchy one wry comment at a time. Besides writing stories and novels, he’s written hundreds of magazine and news articles, dozens of published film and video scripts, and a four-act play.

He lives in Seattle with his partner, where he enjoys reading and writing science-fiction. Robert counts authors such as N.K. Jemisin, Ann Leckie, Neal Stephenson, Rebecca Roanhorse, and G. Willow Wilson among some of his favorites. As a queer author, he likes to write about worlds where people like him, his friends, and those he cares about get to live and love just like everyone else does.

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Cover for Into the Lightning Gate, Book One of The Gates Saga by Robert Roth

Into the Lightning Gate

Book One of The Gates Saga

What happens when you find out everything you know is a lie?

An ordinary day becomes a high-stakes, interdimensional game of cat and mouse that sends Cameron Maddock running for his life. But when a pair of mysterious new companions miraculously come to his aid, Cam discovers he’s at the center of a cosmic conspiracy that shakes the foundations of everything he knows.

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Cover for The Ghost of Papa-Zulu, a science-fiction novella by Robert Roth

The Ghost of Papa-Zulu

A Science-Fiction Novella

What you can’t see can still hurt you.

Marko had heard the older miners’ ghost stories, but he didn’t really believe them anymore. Not like he had back when he was just a boy, at least, when his aunt and uncle would sometimes speak of the prizraki in the rocks. Until the day he saw a ghost for himself.



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