The first Farscape novel.
The author’s note sets it late in the second season, after ”Won’t get Fooled Again” and before ”The Locket”.
Publication year: 2001
Page count: 166
A trading ship contacts Moya. One of the passengers want to go to Liantac, a gambling planet which is nearby (when using starburst). However, the planet is surrounded by a field which prevents inorganic ship from going to the planet. But organic ships can go and so the passenger has been looking for an organic ship for a while. He’s also willing to pay and so the crew agrees to go to Liantac. When they arrive, John remains on board Moya, trying in vain to remember words to ”Viva Las Vegas” and driving D’Argo nuts, while Rygel, Chiana, Zhaan, and Aeryn go down to the planet. Aeryn is looking for parts to her Prowler and John’s module and Zhaan is looking for more herbs while Rygel and Chiana are looking for fun. Rygel is lured into a high-stakes gambling where he bets Moya – and loses. Now, the crew has to either surrender Moya or agree to do some tasks to pay off Rygel’s debt.
I liked this book a lot because the whole premise is fun and every character has some great scenes. Chiana and Rygel are very exited about the planet, the rest of the crew not so much. In fact, John thinks that it might make him homesick so he remains on Moya. But later he gets to work on actual science and he’s very exited about that. Rygel is really in his element here and the only reason he loses Moya is because he was cheated. But he can’t prove it. Chiana is also like a fish in water and she has a feeling that their passenger has been lying to them, and investigates. Aeryn has to pretend to be a Peacekeeper which brings back lots of bad old memories. And D’Argo gets to be a grumpy bodyguard, making snide comments to a self-absorbed singer. Eventually, they work well together to get out of the jam.
This is a fun little book and it could have been a light episode.
Couple of fun quotes:
”For once, the Luxan and I are in a total agreement,” Rygel said.
”That’s the scariest thing I’ve heard all day,” Chiana muttered.
Crichton: ”What’s the worse that could happen?”
Aeryn: ”Do you really want me to answer that?”