So, yes, there are sometimes cultural differences. :)
And you ask: Is there, in fact, a laser-shooting spaceship in Agent to the Stars? And the answer is, why, no, no there is not. But apparently at some point it was decided that all my covers in Germany are required to have laser-shooting spaceships, and who am I to argue. That said, this will present a challenge if thereís ever a German edition of my next book, which I am calling Earthbound Laserphobic Pacifists. But thatís a worry for the future, I suppose.