SF author L. S. King


Deuces Wild

by L. S. King



"In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor. "
  - Mike Resnick



  • Deuces Wild: Beginners' Luck (book one)

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    With gangsters hot on their heels, a bereaved cowboy and cynical space pirate are forced to work together for their own survival.

    Deuces Wild: Beginners' Luck

    (Originally published as proof-of-concent monthly serial novel in Ray Gun Revival magazine from July 2006 through December 2007.)




  • Deuces Wild: Stacking the Deck (book two)  

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    Slap and Tristan anticipate the dull calm of routine cargo runs, but their plans are thwarted by goons from a corrupt government, a mobster out for Tristanís blood, a mad engineer, a spoiled brat, and ghosts from Tristanís past.

    Buy Stacking the Deck!


    With their enemy, the Mordas, destroyed, Slap and Tristan decide to use their cargo ship to do honest business. Joined by their old engineering friend Carter and picking up a sales rep as a passenger, they quickly find the Confederation still unhealthily interested in them. A dangerous enemy from Tristanís past joins forces with the Confeds while Tristan is forced to take on a job that just might get them all killed.


  • "The Grift" published in Digital Dragon Magazine, April 2010

    stand-alone story with Slap and Tristan

  • "The Last Hurrah" published in The Sword Review, June 2005

    this story takes place approximately one thousand years before Slap and Tristan



Ever want to ask Slap or Tristan a question? Now you can:

Slap (at) loriendil (dot) com

Tristan (at) loriendil (dot) com

Disclaimer: getting a reply from Tristan is about as likely as a snowflake surviving a supernova. But, if you've read their adventures, you should already know that.



Many thanks to James King for his invaluable help in creating the ships and weapons Slap and Tristan have been up against throughout all of the Deuces Wild stories.

Special thanks to Dr. Jonathan Crofts for his patience as he attempts to keep me from breaking too many physics rules outright.

These two men are my heroes.

Anything technically or scientifically Not Right in my stories is due to my own fallibility and misunderstanding.


And last, but definitely not least, thanks to C. K. Volnek for the fantastic cover art for the books in this series!


Deuces Wild is dedicated to the memory of my best friend; my inspiration for an enduring friendship...



Children of the Enaisi, the second book in the Sword's Edge Chronicles
Now available!


Unlikely Prophet, the prequel of the Sword's Edge Chronicles is finished, and slated for release in late spring.


Next Event:
Cecil Con
Saturday, 14 April 2018