Walking On Stars (ManxMan) [Sci-fi]
The year is 2280. Humanity has become a powerful space-faring race, tactfully economic and wise in diplomatic relations with other alien species. In 2107, humanity first made contact with sentient lifeforms. This discovery changed everything. After tense initial relations, humanity is received into galactic society. However, in order to prove humanity’s worth to the advanced alien species, the governments of Earth offer Vanguards – elite human soldiers equipped with humanity’s most advanced technology, transportation, and resources – as a contribution to the galactic military.
Human ability to adjust quickly to space travel, coalesced with humanity's burning desire to pursue wealth and secure power in galactic politics and leadership, vault humanity into a new golden age- but at a cost. Humanity's meteoric rise into influencing galactic affairs inspired repugnance and jealousy among several of the alien species. One aggressive race, the Volturn, takes advantage of the growing rift in the galactic civilizations. As tensions between the species heat up, Kelton Akers, a Vanguard neophyte, uncovers vital information that could change the course of history for whatever species controls this knowledge. Thrust into a whirlwind of secrecy, betrayal, conflict and diplomatic struggle, he travels the stars, fighting to save his life and the lives of those he loves, but it may not be enough. Is Kelton willing to sacrifice himself, his crewmembers, his friends, and even those he loves in order to
guarantee the survival of the human race?