SBD--go read Elaine Corvidae
Exile's Burn**has echoes of Firefly but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in my book. (heh, book).
I need coffee.
UPDATE: I wrote to EC after I started the book and she wrote back:
To answer your questions on your blog (and I should do this in the comments section, but I can't for the life of me remember my blogger account name and password right now), I had a very specific set of reasons for making EB free. The initial idea came to me in a dream (which is incredibly unusual for me--I never dream about stories), grabbed me, and wouldn't let go. Unfortunately at the time, I had too many deadlines for paying work to even contemplate taking on a project I didn't have a contract for. What to do?
A sequel? Yowza. I'm going to have to wait a day or so. I read it straight through and now I'm exhausted from all that adventure.
**That poser cover, though. Those things never fail to give me the pip.