Astra Nullius is a collection of free science fiction stories following the crew of the starship Benevolence. New scenes are posted on the 15th of each month.

Each episode is its own story, but all stories follow the same characters and the world will change over time as events unfold and the crew responds to life in an increasingly dangerous galaxy. I recommend starting at the beginning, but you don’t have to.

If you’re jumping into a later story, you can check the list of people and places for descriptions of this story’s main characters and alien species. You can also check the content notes if you need more information about whether certain sensitive topics will appear in Astra Nullius.

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Baby’s first cosplay

I will take advantage of any opportunity to run around in a nerdy costume. This year, I had the BRILLIANT…

Isn’t it Bromantic

This has been a huge year for bromance on screen, especially for genre films and TV. Totally platonic love between…

Sympathy for the Footman

I admit it, I watch Downton Abbey. It’s totally a guilty pleasure, equal parts soap opera and fashion show (those…

Re: The Hobbit movie

“Farewell, good thief,” he said. “I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the…

How I spent 2013

2013 marks my second year of completing a novel-length textual product.* I didn’t technically finish a novel, in the sense…

Bitches be crazy

A lot of gentlemen have been asking me for advice re: ladies and the mysterious things they do. I guess…

Tennessee

I grew up in Nashville (the Protestant Vatican, the rhinestone-studded buckle of the bible belt, Nashvegas, etc). I haven’t lived…

Sexual Economics

Lindy West did an excellent job (as always) of picking apart the latest argument in favor of seeing sex as…

House of Scandal

I’ve been watching a lot of TV dramas lately, because I’m struggling with character development and those long-form dramas can…

Ask two Jews, get three Seders

It’s Passover, which means that it’s time for the annual arguing over what is and isn’t kosher for Passover. Judaism…

The Ergonomics of Gaming

Check out my article for Pixelkin! I love the photos they chose, I’m wearing the exact same wrist brace right…

Ye Olde Slashe Shippes: Aubrey Beardsley

These aren’t actually medieval; they’re Aubrey Beardsley‘s illustrations for an 1893 special edition of Le Morte D’Arthur. You’ve probably already…

Kaiju powers

The Host HR Giger lips Skull vomiting Gross little arms Power of bringing dysfunctional family together (Special Move) Power of…

Sigh

  Spotted in my ultra-liberal neighborhood.

Victory Lap

Well, I just finished another text-based product of novel length.* It’s still rough, but it’s the closest thing I’ve ever…

Podcasting

I recorded an episode for Isaac’s podcast. Now the world knows his secret: he really likes Star Wars. PS: There…

The man-child’s fairy godmother

Oh, my poor sweet man-child! I understand, my darling. Although you have the body and presumably all the functional capabilities of…

God has a message for me

I like to read the religious books while I’m waiting for my birth control at the pharmacy. I found this…

Every apartment is terrible

I’ve been apartment hunting at peak season in Seattle, and I just picked out my new place. I got all spun…

Life happens

I’m 35,000 words deep into an unexpected fiction project. I decided to set a challenge for myself by trying out a mix of genres I didn’t…

Crispy fried

I have written 100,000 words of fiction since January 1st. Don’t start with the congratulations yet, though. They’re not great words. They’re first…

Portland trip: the zoo

This bear would only drink by dipping its paw in the water and licking it.   An otter takes a…

Books, ads, and cold hard cash

My long-suffering Keyboard Kindle finally shuffled off its mortal coil. I hopped on Amazon.com immediately to buy a new one,…

Tiny soggy things

Itty bitty soggy things in the Pacific Northwest (at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America and Kubota Garden).     

Marvel might get it right

So, Marvel just announced a Captain Marvel movie. Are you excited? I’m excited. Let’s be excited together. Yes, I am…

In praise of criticism

If you don’t follow the book blogging community closely, you may not be aware that there have been multiple recent…

How to count Millennials

1 Millennial: Spoiled brat 2 Millennials: New York Times trend piece (Style section) 3 Millennials: Flash mob (hipster) 4 Millennials:…

The world’s worst YA protagonist

“Chad,” Ella whispered, her voice breathless, “you said you would do anything for me.” “Of course, my love,” Chad sighed.…

Word count 2014

Remember how I said I finished a novel this year? Just kidding, I actually finished two novels. And now I’m…

How to cure writer’s block

Take a break. Step away from your work. Leave your house. Change your name. Don’t tell your loved ones where…

Common symptoms of brain worms

The exact same symptoms as that disease your aunt keeps posting about on Facebook. Overwhelming urge to diagnose yourself with…

BUY ALL THESE THINGS

Isaac just finished making his store for the History of Japan Podcast, so you can plaster your life with logos…

Earth law v. Sky law

There are many countries on this planet of ours, and they have many legal codes, but each and every one…

Welcome to my humble home

Welcome to my 200 square foot free-standing house. I made it out of part of a reclaimed shipping container. I…

How to get your boyfriend to propose

(Image source) Ladies! Is your clock ticking? Do you have separate Pinterest boards for your wedding cake, bachelorette party cake,  wedding…

Clean lines from dirty books

There’s a new app in town, and it’s cleaning up your filthy ebooks by inserting new, inoffensive words in the place…

Down the novel-hole

Hey, remember when I said I wrote two novels last year, and they were both big old messes? I’m diving…

John Spaceman, fanfic hero

Jack wrote a truly beautiful piece of fanfiction about John Spaceman, the most heterosexual man in the galaxy. This is the most…

What is dead may never die

Hey Game of Thrones viewers, how are you doing this morning? Do you need a hug? A quest for bloody…

My diagnosis

As an armchair psychologist, I can say with absolute confidence that the subject of this news story is a classic narcissist,…

Later stages of capitalism

The time machine is invented. The proletariat work for 682 hours per day, while the upper classes enjoy vacations to…

Word count 2015

It’s time for my annual attempt to count up every single word of fiction I wrote over the course of…

My editing process

Sit down Realize I should turn on computer Fiddle with every object around my writing space Turn on computer Wander…

What I’ve been up to

I’m still slogging gamely through manuscript edits, working on draft 3 of ?????. I’m also planning a wedding long-distance, working in a…

Two stories, two franchises

So I’m going to tell you about two characters. The first is FN-2187, aka Finn, from 2015’s Star Wars: The…

WHOOPS

So I did something really dumb, and accidentally lost access to the domain name I had been using. Now demetriaspinrad.com…

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