Dr. Shona Taylor, a specialist in environmental medicine, discovers that a mysterious epidemic is killing the entire population of colony worlds. With the help of her special menagerie, including a cat that can detect environmental hazards, a dog whose system can synthesize vaccines, and an intelligent alien named Chirwl, Shona is determined to stop the epidemic in its tracks, but the people causing the epidemic have set her up to take the blame, spreading the rumor that she is an Angel of Death. Can she find a cure before the disease kills again and puts her and her menagerie in danger?Exciting… enjoyable space adventure… Taylor’s Ark is fun and well-crafted, with a heroine you’ll enjoy rooting for! – Aboriginal SF
It’s the most unusual medical unit in the galaxy – and it makes house calls. A fully equipped starship lab, Taylor’s Ark is run by Dr. Shona Taylor, a specialist in environmental medicine. She has a menagerie of very special assistants, including an Abyssinian cat, a dog, rabbits, mice, and an alien ottle named Chirwl. Now, this highly trained crew faces the ultimate medical mystery. On Chirwl’s home world, humans and ottles alike are aging at an alarming rate. And if Dr. Taylor doesn’t find a fast cure, the entire colony will die … of old age.
Keith Doyle, believer in myths, goodhearted nerd, general busybody, and business major at Midwestern University, discovers to his joy—and horror—that a secret village of pointy-eared, magical little elves are occupying a vacant level of the library building. Their leader, The Master, tutors students to pass difficult courses. Marcy, the girl of Keith’s dreams, is already a member of the class. But the library is in danger of being torn down, thanks to a modernization campaign led by Keith himself. The students of the secret class hate him. Marcy is devastated. It looks as though the elves’ home will be destroyed. Keith and the Little Folk need one another. The only thing that can save Keith’s social life is elven magic. And the only thing that can save the elves is the magic of … free enterprise.
Holl, Keith Doyle’s best friend, has finally tied the knot with his beloved, Maura in the Little Folks’ new home, Hollow Tree Farm. Keith has good news of his own: he has started on an internship as a copywriter with a Chicago advertising agency, coming up with slogans and designs for new products, but the project he is really enthusiastic over is chasing air sprites in a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, one of the agency’s client businesses is using the Little Folks’ land as a dump for toxic waste. Holl’s young cousin Dola sees them do it, but they see her, too. To prevent anyone else from finding out, then men kidnap her and Holl and Maura’s new baby, Asrai. All of the Little Folk are called in to hunt for them. Keith reaches out to the new and wonderful air creatures he’s found in hopes of bringing the baby and her brave guardian back to the farm.
The Wolfe Pack is military SF with a twist! The auxiliary scout platoon known as the Cockroaches contains all the outsiders and oddballs the Galactic Defense Force doesn’t want to have to deal with, but can’t find a way to discharge from the Space Service. They’re savvy, street-smart, wise (if not book-learned), intelligent, survival-oriented, and completely unconventional. Lt. David Wolfe is their new CO: young, idealistic, and gung-ho, but even he has a secret that forced Central Command to shift him out of the line of fire. The Cockroaches get sent on what ought to be a simple courier mission to the greatest amusement park in the Galaxy, and end up defending the population from a ruthless enemy in the only way the Cockroaches know how: unconventionally!
Dr. Shona Taylor takes on a new assignment, and discovers a chilling reality behind a picture perfect planet…What price for paradise?Jardindor is, by most estimates, a new Eden: from the number of trees to the exact spacing of every lamppost and garden, the alien planet is perfection, a totally controlled terraformed world on the outreaches of colonized space. When Dr. Shona Taylor receives her posting as physician to the settlers on Jardindor, she packs up her family – children and medical menagerie, as well as Chirwl, the alien ottle – expecting a very serene six months.But the people of Jardindor are guarding more than their perfect world. They’re hiding a dark secret, and as Shona learns more about her new hosts and their strange fascination with animals, her new job turns into a nightmare.