Alex Kaidan: S01E01 - Paradise Lost

Being completely unable to think of a sensible name for your space ship tends to be less of a problem when there's only one ship in the whole Human 'fleet', besides Alex Kaidan only ever really borrowed it. What could be more of a problem is Earth having been paved and only a few Humans surviving, and that was only thanks to the actions of a benevolent alien race known as the Un. Alex and his crew have made it their mission to find and rescue however many Humans they can that are being held captive by any of the alien races. A mission made all the more difficult by the sad truth that a catastrophically decimated population is not an employers' market.

In this episode, Alex's attempts to save a large group of imprisoned Humans from being slightly too comfortable goes horribly wrong when Sara Heath, a member of his crew, shoots and kills a man.

“Paradise Lost” is the first episode in season 1 of the science fiction series “Alex Kaidan”.


6. Front Matter/About The Author

Episode 1 of Alex Kaidan (Season 1)



By Darren Hoyland




Alex Kaidan S01E01 Paradise Lost

Copyright © 2012 by Darren Hoyland

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The pictures used for the covers are from NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt and from European Space Agency (ESA/Hubble), both of which have been released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0;


This is a work of fiction. Persons, living or dead, places or events are productions of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance is purely coincidental, which is probably for the best as it is set in the future, on several other planets and is about aliens trying to wipe out humanity. Your support and respect for the copyright of the author is appreciated.




Dedicated to Marjan, for showing faith in me when I needed it most.





If you find yourself enjoying this story, please leave a star rating at Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, the Nook store, the Kobo store, Sony Ebook Store or wherever else you may have come across it (or all of them if you really liked it!). Your ratings and reviews are the lifeblood that keeps this work alive and your feedback encourages me to continue to produce more. Plus, I'll love you for ever.


That being said, there is one exception. When I sent my brother a text message to happily inform him that episode one had hit iBooks, he happened to be a little drunk at the time, and amused himself by uploading the following review: “A staggeringly fantastical debut from an as yet unknown author of monumental genius. Download this literary treat for a glimpse of what can be achieved when the perfect storm of talent and experience collide into a megalithic testimony to science fiction. A cornucopia of intergalactic pleasure”. Yeah, thanks for that.




About the author:

Darren Hoyland (1980-Still Going) was born and raised in the town of Grimsby on the north-east coast of England and is only slightly traumatised from the experience. He first realised he wanted to be an author when he was told off by his English teacher for writing too much. He still gets a buzz from other people reading his work. Having spent the best part of ten years at seemingly every university the country had to offer, he has acquired a BSc in Biological Sciences, a MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience, a love for all things sciencey and an unmanageably large student loan. He currently lives in County Durham in the UK with his wife, son and collection of small, annoying animals.








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