Authors: Steve Cole
DINOSAURS . . . IN SPACE!
Meet Captain Teggs Stegosaur and the crew of the amazing spaceship DSS
fight evil across the galaxy!
A huge monster is on the loose in the seas of Aqua Minor, and the astrosaurs are sent to investigate. Teggs and the gang travel to the depths of the ocean, where unexpected danger lies in wait . . .
For Annie and James
The dinosaurs . . .
Big, stupid, lumbering reptiles. Right?
All they did was eat, sleep and roar a bit. Right?
Died out millions of years ago when a big meteor struck the Earth. Right?
The dinosaurs weren't stupid. They may have had small brains, but they used them well. They had big thoughts and big dreams.
By the time the meteor hit, the last dinosaurs had already left Earth for ever. Some breeds had discovered how to travel through space as early as the Triassic period, and were already enjoying a new life among the stars. No one has found evidence of dinosaur technology yet. But the first fossil bones were only unearthed in 1822, and new finds are being made all the time.
The proof is out there, buried in the ground.
And the dinosaurs live on, way out in space, even now. They've settled down in a place they call the Jurassic Quadrant and over the last sixty-five million years they've gone on evolving.
The dinosaurs we'll be meeting are part of a special group called the Dinosaur Space Service. Their job is to explore space, to go on exciting missions and to fight evil and protect the innocent!
These heroic herbivores are not just dinosaurs.
NOTE:The following story has been translated from secret Dinosaur Space Service records. Earthling dinosaur names are used throughout, although some changes have been made for easy reading. There's even a guide to help you pronounce the dinosaur names on the next page of this book.
In orbit high above the planet Aqua Minor, Captain Teggs Stegosaur was waiting to start his next adventure.
He was waiting
“Admiral Rosso had better call us soon,” Teggs grumbled, chomping on the delicious moss that covered his control pit. “I can't wait to find out why we've been sent to the soggiest planet in the Jurassic Quadrant!”
“I'm sure it won't be much longer, Captain,” said Arx Orano, the triceratops beside him.
Sitting around twiddling his thumbs wasn't easy for the young, daredevil stegosaurus. He didn't have any thumbs, for a start.
Teggs commanded the DSS
, the finest ship in the Dinosaur Space Service. He and his crew were all highly trained astrosaurs. They flew through space helping plant-eaters in peril â wherever the planet, whatever the risk.
But why had the
been sent to a world full
“Maybe Admiral Rosso thinks we need a holiday by the seaside,” said Iggy Tooth, the
Chief Engineer. A brave iguanodon, he was
clever with machines and fiercely loyal to his captain. “I don't really like the seaside. I'm not keen on fish. I met a fish with no eyes, once.”