The Heilmann Drive allowed humanity to spread across the stars and prosper for nearly two thousand years. But when the use of the device begins to eat into the fabric of the universe, the People's Interstellar Republic bans all faster-than-light travel. A new age begins, one of isolation and stagnation. This era becomes known as the Fall.
One rebel, Captain Seth Garland, steals the last starship in existence. He is now mankind's only hope of re-uniting the stars.
Episodes I-IV: The first four novellas in the Faster Than Light Series.
The Fallen Goddess: When Captain Garland's crew questions their safety aboard their ship, he goes in search of of an engineer who can repair the Heilmann Drive. His quest leads him to a discovery that will redefine the future of his rebellion and change the destiny of mankind.
Dobhriathar: As Caitlin tries to figure out how she fits in aboard the ISS Fenghuang, the rebel crew visits an ancient solar mining station in search of materials to improve the ship. There, they discover an abandoned mining team that has been stuck on the station since the beginning of the Fall.
Babel Among the Stars: In the last days of the Heilmann Drive, a precocious student at the Republic School for Interplanetary Relations takes desperate measures to preserve the existence of the revolutionary starship engine.
Outsider: Leah Wu left her birth world of Yuan to join Seth Garland as a pariah. Now she returns with the ISS Fenghuang to a planet in crisis. A drought has ravaged the population, and a series of unexplained deaths has wracked one of the remaining viable farming communities. When a threat of unimaginable power presents itself in the hills of Yuan, Leah realizes that she may be the only one who can save the planet she once called home.
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Published July 7, 2012
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, War.