A commerce based, space opera setting that began with the simple idea of combining the buccaneering period of maritime piracy with a growing era of galactic trade.  Beginning with a short story called FreeSpace Pirates: The Saurian Opportunity, I included just a few little pieces of that idea--a pirate ship, some characters, and a few references to a larger universe.  It's evolved since then, but somewhere along the way I lost that initial concept and let it go in a direction that really didn't work.

Reigning it back in, I'm going back to that original work, which I've posted below, and the other short stories found here will build on that original idea, with a twist or two.

 
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