Monday, May 11, 2015

A Hard SF Romance: MANX PRIZE by Laura Montgomery

Author Laura Montgomery recently visited The Galaxy Express and told me about her book MANX PRIZE (2014, Ground Based Press), which she describes as "hard sf romance." If, like me, you're intrigued by a heroine who's involved in "...the first successful de-orbiting of space junk", here's the cover and blurb!

In the second half of the twenty-first century, when Charlotte Fisher was just thirteen, orbital debris took its first large-scale human casualties from an orbiting tourist habitat. Haunted by visions of destruction and her father's anguish, as a young engineer Charlotte follows in his footsteps and determines to win a prize offered by a consortium of satellite and orbitat operators for the first successful de-orbiting of space junk. Her employer backs these efforts until the reentry of a piece of debris kills two people, and she and her team are spun off to shield the parent company from liability. With limited resources, a finite budget and the unwanted gift of a lawyer who, regardless of his appeal, she doesn't need, she must face a competitor who cheats, a collusive regulator, and the temptations dangled by the strange and alluring friends of a powerful seastead.


Joyfully yours,