12.3: Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard, with Sandra Tayler

This Project in Depth episode contains spoilers for “Risk Assessment,” which is included in Force Multiplication: Schlock Mercenary Book 12The story was written by Sandra Tayler, and illustrated by Natalie Barahona. Howard handled the writing and illustrating for the framing story, but this episode isn’t about that part.

Risk Assessment is a romance wrapped up in an adventure, and is very different from most of the rest of Schlock Mercenary. Have a listen, and Sandra will tell you about it.

Credits: This episode was recorded aboard Oasis of the Seas by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Write a “meet cute,” that scene in which our romantic leads meet, and we get to have crushes with, or perhaps on them.

In the Cube, by David Alexander Smith (out of print, but available used)

4 thoughts on “12.3: Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler”

  1. Oh good glory, guys, you think I don’t want to come? But even if I had the money, I don’t think I could put a pause on my current responsibilities… Hearing you say things like “And that’s why you should come on the cruise” is like hearing Sandra’s duplicate moms tell about the life you didn’t choose.

    But that’s just me whining. You are all awesome.

  2. Did you ever wonder what it takes to create a great bonus story like the ones in every volume of Schlock Mercenary? Well, the fannish foursome sat down with Sandra Tayler to talk about what’s behind the story Risk Assessment by Sandra Tayler. Imagine a gunship AI telling us how the grandparents of our favorite captain actually met! And imagine how Sandra managed to put the story together, with help from Mary, working with the artist, and gentle tutoring from Howard. It’s all there, in the transcript available in the archives and over here


    It’s the story behind the story! And it’s a romance, too. So go read all about it.

  3. I won’t be able to go on the cruise, but I’d like to read Sandra Tayler’s Doppelganger. Would you make it available for purchase?

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