Life Signs

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Of all the starships in the Terran Space Fleet, the I.S.S. Mercury is probably the unluckiest ship in history. Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew – give or take a few dozen casualties – on a supposed voyage of deep space exploration, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural…

While on a routine deep-space mission to chart the frontier of unknown space, Captain Stuart Flane and the crew of the Mercury encounter an alien marooned in a ship wrecked on the surface of their long-dead world – but is the alien really all that they seem to be? Did the shuttle the Mercury recovered in deep space – the one that turned out to be the last remnant of a starliner that disappeared thirty years earlier, hold the key to the puzzle? Would Flane be able to sleep that night if he found out? And, as if all that wasn’t enough to jeopardize Flane’s already shaky hold on reality, the Mercury is sent by Admiral Tawney himself to help out an old friend who has difficulties with a cursed object!

Life Signs” is the second title in the Panic! Horror In Space series by Christina Engela.

“Christina Engela is that rarest of authors – able to seamlessly blend together elements of dark horror and sci-fi to create stories that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.” – Mark Woods, author of Time of Tides and Fear of the Dark.

Life Signs“ is the second title in the Panic! Horror In Space series by Christina Engela.


  • Published: June 06, 2019
  • Words: 64,943
  • 232 pages (6×9 format paperback)


[Spoiler Alert]

Panic! Horror In Space” is series of horror misadventures in deep space with the crew of the starship Mercury – which, of all the starships in the elite Terran Space Fleet, is probably the unluckiest ship in history! Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew – give or take a couple of replacements – on a supposed voyage of deep-space exploration – give or take a few dozen casualties, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural.

Panic! Is set in the Galaxii Series universe, using many of the same settings, references and background material.

Life Signs“ is the second title in the series, and the story is divided into four parts: “Miora”, “Lange’s Legacy” and “The Big Rain”.

The History of “Life Signs”

Life Signs“ is the direct descendant of “Panic! Horror In Space” volume #3 and a short story I wrote in 2016 called “Space Vacation”, which later became a novel in its own right – “Lange’s Legacy” (39,500 words).

The original covers of the Panic! series as launched in 2017 were rather nice and the stories were excellent… but the titles didn’t work out the way I wanted to… so finally in 2019, after disappointing sales, I took them back down and went back to the drawing board.

Instead of “vol #1, 2, 3 etc.” I decided to give the volumes titles instead, and also I doubled them up. Where the original versions only contained two stories, the new version would contain 3 or 4, depending on length.

The result was “Static“, which contained all four parts that had originally been in vol 1 and 2, and “Life Signs“ which contained the two stories that had been in volume #3 and a formerly stand-alone title, “Lange’s Legacy”. I published the first version of “Life Signs“ in 2019 on Lulu.

In 2019, I revised all the Panic!, Galaxii and Quantum Series books and redesigned all the covers so they all looked like part of their respective series – and unique from each other! At any rate, I feel the current series of covers does the story justice!


A trio of enjoyable sci-fi tales filled with mystery, fun and revelations…

“The second entry of Christina Engela’s Panic! Horror in Space series takes the reader on a ride of mystery through three tales of the ghostly, vampiric and even cursed objects; all of which are hazards that come with deep space travel.

Captain Stuart Flane returns to face these perilous situations and has developed a rap for finding trouble of such persuasions. He’s used to dealing with the macabre and that’s what all three of these stories have in common. All of them begin in one place and through the vessel of immersive and readable story telling they end up somewhere completely unexpected.

From poignant to quirky and fun, these stories pretty much cover everything that Engela is known for with a writing style and depth that will draw you in. I particularly enjoyed ‘Lange’s Legacy’ which carried a certain detective vibe while also being full of twists and revelations.

5 stars – A fun read that will appeal to most readers. A thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for a review left on Goodreads and Amazon.” – Lee Hall, UK writer & reviewer.

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