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For space opera, look no further among my works than the Peltedverse. This setting deals with the social implications of genetic engineering, the culture clashes between aliens, the frictions that lead to interstellar wars and of course, space elves and their royalty. The sprawling Pelted universe has been in continuous development since the early 1990s and it shows in the depth and breadth of the material. Constructed languages, artificial cultures, multiple alien species working together in harmony (or not)… if you want big, friendly universes full of growing pains, this is your stop.

The Peltedverse is so big there are three distinct branches: the general stories involve the Pelted and their relationship with humanity, which engineered them; the military stories involve the Pelted’s quasi-military as it struggles to re-invent itself as something effective despite its conflicting missions; and the Eldritch stories involve the reclusive “space elves” of the setting and tend toward the romantic. These threads often cross over, so in addition to reading orders for the specific branches, I’ve included one for all the stories.

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Pelted Reading Order: General
1. “Broken Chains” (also published as “A Distant Sun”)
2. “Rosettes and Ribbons”
3. “The Elements of Freedom”
4. “Pantheon”
5. “Brass Candy Girl”
5. “Tears”
6. “Butterfly”

Most of the Pelted general stories can be read as the collection Claws and Starships.

Pelted Reading Order: Military
1. Alysha’s Fall
2. “Second”
3. “Leadership Lessons”
4. “Who is Willing”
5. “In the Line of Duty”
6. Sword of the Alliance
7. “Dark Lighthouse”
8. Either Side of the Strand
9. Faith in the Service
10. “Season’s Meaning”
11. “Stormfront”

Pelted Reading Order: Eldritch
Jahir and Vasiht’h: xenopsychiatrists who specialize in multicultural/multispecies therapy.
1. Mindtouch
2. Mindline
3. Dreamhearth
4. “The Case with the Poisoned House”
5. “The Snow Maiden, or the Case with the Holiday Blues”
6. Dreamstorm
7. “Family”

Lisinthir: duelist turned ambassador—to the most dangerous society in known space.
1. Even the Wingless
2. Some Things Transcend
3. Amulet Rampant
4. Only the Open
5. In Extremis
6. From Ruins
7. Major Pieces

Reese and Hirianthial: intrepid (poor) trader meets space-prince wanted by slavers; hijinks inevitable.
1. “Field Research” (Prequel short to Earthrise, available in The Furry Future anthology).
2. Earthrise
3. Rose Point
4. Laisrathera
5. A Rose Point Holiday

Sediryl and the Imperial Age: the girl who wanted to be a farmer and ended up Liolesa’ heir during the imperial age of the Eldritch.
1. Girl on Fire
2. Healer’s Wedding
3. Farmer’s Crown

Historical/Other
1. “Precious Things”

Pelted Reading Order: All (Chronological within setting)
Note: Different planets having different length years and being astronomical distances apart make exact chronology difficult. This is as close as it gets.

1. “Precious Things”
2. “Broken Chains”
3. “Butterfly”
4. “The Elements of Freedom”
5. “Pantheon”
6. Alysha’s Fall
7. “Brass Candy Girl”
9. “Tears”
10. “Second”
12. “Leadership Lessons”
13. “In the Line of Duty”
14. Mindtouch
15. Mindline
16. Dreamhearth
17. “The Case with the Poisoned House”
18. “The Snow Maiden”
19. Sword of the Alliance
20. “Dark Lighthouse”
21. Either Side of the Strand
22. Faith in the Service
23. “Rosettes and Ribbons”
24. “Season’s Meaning”
25. “Field Research”
26. Dreamstorm
27. “Stormfront”
28. “Family”
29. Earthrise
30. Even the Wingless
31. Rose Point
32. Some Things Transcend
33. Laisrathera
34. Amulet Rampant
35. Only the Open
36. In Extremis
37. From Ruins
38. Major Pieces
39. Healer’s Wedding
40. Farmer’s Crown
41. Heartskein


Additional information on the Pelted can be found on the wiki; a good starting page for them is this one. Likewise, the Eldritch have a wiki landing page as well as an inspirational pinterest board.