Escaping Earth.

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens; NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

Life on Earth got you down? Need to get away?

Then you’ll love this novel I’m working on.

Sadly, you’ll still be here, ensconced in the loving embrace of our Mother Earth, when you read it. Unless you’re in one of our planet’s space programs. Or you’ve been abducted by aliens. Reminds me of the best piece of advice I ever received: always carry a book, just in case you’re abducted by aliens and it’s a long journey.

Moving on.

I don’t want to give away too much about this novel yet, which I’m currently referring to as Book Four, as it will be my fourth book (my cleverness scares me sometimes). I’ll say this: it’s the start of a whole new series set in space, as humans make their way to a new home. Things may not go smoothly, but you may still find yourself wishing you were there, on a ship hurtling away from Earth, knowing you’ll never have to watch another presidential debate (too soon?).

I’m aiming for a release in early 2021, so you won’t have to wait long. This series will embody all the things I love about writing (and reading) science fiction: great characters, big ideas, and meticulous research. I really can’t wait to share it with the world.

I’ve got something awesome to offer in the meantime.

“None of this makes sense anyway,” she said, stretching her arms over her head. “Madrigal’s just covering his ass. Only reason he’s got us out here.”

“You’re probably right.”

“There’s no way this Morris guy could get that shuttle going fast enough to do anything but minor damage to Hydrus. Not enough speed, not enough mass. Let him try it.” She sighed again. “I’m guessing Madrigal’s gonna find a way to stiff me on that hazard pay he promised, too. Waste of time.”

Madrigal, Aleks realized, hadn’t told her everything.

The above is an excerpt from Shuttle Bellatrix, a science fiction short story that functions as something of a prologue to the events of Book Four, but stands on its own as a complete, action-packed, character-driven story, as the administrators of an interstellar colonization program rush to stop an act of sabotage on the first ship destined for the stars.

Remember what I said about meticulous research? Here’s a small example: I used a piece of software called the General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT for short), provided by NASA, to calculate the orbits and maneuvers described in Shuttle Bellatrix. Science! (Disclaimer: the above statement is not meant to imply the endorsement by or involvement of NASA. Duh.)

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