It’s been ten years since the Lunar Free State established itself as an independent nation on Earth’s Moon. Since then, other Earth nations have pushed out into space, competing with the LFS for the untapped resources of the Solar system. But thanks to the advantages provided by its gravity-driven spacecraft, the LFS has grown and prospered.
All is going well for the Moon people until the research ship LFS Stephen Hawking encounters an anomaly while surveying Saturn’s rings — an alien spacecraft that leads the LFS vessel on a merry chase before vanishing into… well, for want of a better term, hyperspace. The alien craft is obviously not from around here, which leaves the LFS facing two undeniable facts: humans of Earth are not the only intelligent life in the universe, and travel between the stars is possible. Now the LFS just has to figure out how to do it, and prepare for the consequences if whoever sent the anomaly should decide to return.
Length: 409 pages, 138,000 words
The Lunar Free State
Book 1: The Moon and Beyond
Book 2: Someday the Stars
Book 3: Valkyrie's Daughter
Book 4: In the Service of Luna