A scientist discovers an alien artifact with a faster-than-light engine. She launches
a search for its creators: a search which reveals a disturbing truth about her own world.
Lorelei Verlassen took the first job she could get after finishing her PhD: installing
comm relays in the ice belt. There she found a crashed alien space probe, containing
blueprints for a faster-than-light engine. Without knowing if the probe’s creators still
exist, she and her crewmates persuade The Conference of Nations to build a starship, to
launch a new era of space exploration for all humanity. But various factions conspire to
subvert the project for themselves. To protect her ship, Lorelei must navigate a political
whirlwind of ambition and deceit, without losing her moral integrity. But the clash of
corporations, military juntas, and fanatical religious groups could destroy her world
before her ship is ready to fly.
“The events in the story are paced brilliantly. There's not a lot of downtime, and I
found myself reading at a very good clip. The world-build is rich and well-constructed.
Lorelei is brave and persistent and easy to identify with. I understand what she wants
and why she wants it. I want her to have it. The ending is satisfying and touching;
hopeful and grief-filled all at once.”
— Meg Elison, winner of the Philip K. Dick award.
“Brendan Myers is a philosopher using hard-SF to ask deep questions about humanity
and our place in the universe. With the increased dumbing-down of Big 5 publishing,
Kickstarter is often the only way really innovative titles can find an audience.”
—Jordan Stratford, author of Wollstonecraft and Winter By Winter.