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In The Red Rook, Penny confronts her doubts about becoming a superhero as events around the disappearance of one her school mates unfolds.
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2013/04/08 back and front version

The Red Rook


"[I]t’s a rollicking, exciting story, with a ton of grand action sequences (the androids’ attack on the school is particularly great), fantastic humor, and much, much more."

-- Rook's Gambit a review by Scott Slemmons at

You don't get to choose what piece you are, only how you play the game...

You'd think that being stronger and tougher than everyone else at Centurion High would go down in the plus column. And it had, as far as the athletic crowd was concerned. Enough that the jocks forgave Penny for her preference to hang out with a small clique notorious for being hardcore board-gamers and role-playing eggheads. But it seemed like a small consolation.

Maybe it's because Penny just wants to be appreciated for her brains rather than her brawn. Or maybe she hangs out with the nerds because of Michael. Michael—her childhood best friend and the boy-next-door—certainly appreciates Penny for her smarts—and maybe, sometimes, she wants him to appreciate her for more than that. Penny's been spending a lot of time with Michael recently, helping him to take up his dead father's superhero identity. Besides, despite Michael being a straight up genius, he's "common sense" challenged.

If that wasn't enough, Penny's superhero mother has ramped up her passive-aggressive campaign to convince Penny to take up the mask and start crime fighting; her two younger sibs—almost as strong and tough as Penny—are superhero crazy; a series of mysterious attacks seems to be targeting Penny directly; and her other best friend is dating Michael. (e)

Ebook and trade paperback available now on Amazon.

Penny picks up the story started in Dispensing Justice more or less where it ended on December 7th, 1984.

In The Red Rook, Penny confronts her doubts about becoming a superhero as events around the disappearance of one her school mates unfolds.




Ebook and trade paperback available now on Amazon.

RR status history


  1. Alert!—Robot Invasion! or Sorry, But I Can’t Go to the Dance with You
  2. Secret of the Mudroom
  3. The Lab
  4. Six Months of Preparation
  5. Michael Suits Up
  6. A Few Things Before I Let You Go
  7. Powers Containment and Control
  8. Of Balloons and Bombs
  9. Leak to Legion
  10. Back at the Lab
  11. The Morning After
  12. The Twins Narrate
  13. The Black Lagoon
  14. Kim Reports On I Am Legion’s Scoop
  15. An Unbearable Lightness of Facts, or Dave Sweets Caught in the Glare
  16. Winter Wonderland Fallout
  17. A Glimpse of the Archive
  18. The Tinkertoy Difference Engine and Other Esoteric Objects
  19. Can’t Wait For Drivers Ed?
  20. The Aegis Team
  21. Mission Log
  22. The Verne Gun and NERVA
  23. Bounce Landing
  24. Tranquility Base
  25. Diana Stumbles and Falls
  26. Capes, Costumes, and Cattle Prods
  27. The Mysterious and Very Athletic Brenda Kilgore
  28. Career Counseling
  29. Psionotropics in the Library, or Quiet, I’m Trying to Read Your Mind
  30. Dave Sweets Misreads the Situation
  31. Cleo’s Confession
  32. Tell Me About Your Life With the Dispenser
  33. Mannequin at the Wheel
  34. Hearts Team Up
  35. Bricks versus Brains
  36. A Lesson in 3D, or Commentary on a Takedown
  37. First Attempt, or No Pain, Nothing at All
  38. Send Lawyers, Guns, and Telepaths
  39. Text Adventures
  40. Zap Burgers and Star Dock Convenience
  41. Wandering Witnesses
  42. Prestidigitationist or Not, He’s Getting On My Nerves
  43. King’s Gambit
  44. Mobile Command Center Assault
  45. I’m Not Okay, I Killed Them
  46. Cleo Makes an Observation
  47. This Gives “Sickbay” a Whole New Meaning
  48. Hurriqueen and the Dispenser Fanboy
  49. Masquerade and Carnivále
  50. Is that the Varsity Football Squad? or When Did the Centurion Get Cloned?
  51. Zombie Androids Attack
  52. Music! Lights! Action!
  53. Escape from the Gym
  54. Whoops! or Two Friends With One Bomb
  55. Balloon Away
  56. Hansel and Gretel
  57. Reagents, Most Noble of Chemicals, or Fun With Acids
  58. Police Exoskeletons and a…
  59. Bomb Disposal Robot
  60. The Flying Daggers to the Rescue
  61. No Breadcrumbs Required
  62. Cab Rides
  63. Kim’s Beginning to Really Hate Balloons
  64. Another Legion Scoop
  65. Second Attempt, or How Does the Caged Gerbil Sing?
  66. Kill Switch Takes a Contract
  67. Lensark Returns to the Cowl, or They Don’t Card Supers
  68. Not Responsible For The Failure Of Your Plan To Take Over The World
  69. A Civvy Walks into a Bar
  70. Planning Session, or That Sounds Like an Episode of Mission Impossible
  71. North American Satellite Power Transmission Authority
  72. Where’s a Witness When You Need One?
  73. Ms. Sweets Makes a Phone Call
  74. Witnesses Misbehaving, or Watching the Streets of Star Estates
  75. The Evidence Isn’t Conclusive
  76. Witness Protection?
  77. The Threat of Mirage
  78. Operation Joy Buzzer
  79. In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion
  80. Chippewa Orbital Power Receiver Array
  81. The Autonomous Tactics and Communications System Isn’t Ready
  82. Becoming the Red Rook
  83. Once Again, the Twins Are Called to Duty
  84. The Blow Monkey
  85. Midnight Grey
  86. Water Jets
  87. Operation Eye-Patch
  88. Death Wish
  89. Winky-Blinky Galactitech
  90. Diceless RPGs
  91. Psinner
  92. The Hunters Become the Prey
  93. Ninjitsu
  94. Catastrophic Containment Failure
  95. A Runner for the Arcology
  96. Harrier
  97. Quantum Kid
  98. You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide
  99. Demonaut Rampages in Chicago and Other Coincidences
  100. Back of the Eye-Patch Analysis
  101. Stake Out at Nova Genesis Memorial Plaza
  102. The Hit
  103. The Paladin
  104. Through the Storm Clouds… An Iceberg?!
  105. Another Surprise Pops Up
  106. Where There’s a Rocket, There’s a Way
  107. Ice Cliff
  108. The Aegis Team is on the Scene!
  109. On the Ice and In the Air
  110. Under the Ice
  111. Barging In
  112. Harrier Answers a Few Questions Without Really Saying Anything
  113. Lost and Found, or The Unexpected Prisoner
  114. A Hidden Talent for Technology
  115. Target---Arcology!
  116. Your Powers Aren’t Your Only Powers
  117. Technomancer
  118. Stalking Fear, or The Return of Psinner
  119. Punching Out
  120. One Way Trip?
  121. Epilogue (Zombie Android Redux)


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Nova Genesis World Series[edit]

  1. Dispensing Justice -- published, available here (e)
  2. The Red Rook -- published, available here (e)
  3. Have Psionics, Will Travel -- in incubator, targeted for publication in 2018 (e)
  4. Spectrum of Grey (tentative title)
  5. The Flying Daggers (tentative title)
  6. The Aegis Team versus Doctor M (tentative title)


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