If I were to write a novel, it would be a heist novel about stealing a starship, Oceans 11 style, only for the protagonists to discover that the starship contracted them to do it.

(Ocean’s 11 but with starships!)
The second novel would probably be the sibling ship kidnapping it’s own captain and crew to bring in the ship that had… uh… stolen itself. Both ships get arrested in the end.

(Taken, but with a confused, angry starship!)
The third novel, predictably, would be both ships executing a prison break (how do you even imprison a starship?) with their respective crews, just to completely fuck with prison break tropes.

(Escape from Alcatraz but with starships!)
Now, if only I was an accomplished fiction writer.

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