Ian Stevens, director of the Deep Space Research Institute, has a hidden agenda. While the rest of the world (including the U.S. government) thinks the DSRI is primarily engaged in pure research, Ian has a few other projects going on, mostly related to manned space travel. With NASA defunct, few scientific probes are being launched, and almost everything that goes up into orbit is government-owned hardware for Earth surveillance. No one even talks about human spaceflight any more and any such projects would be widely condemned, especially when conducted without government supervision.
A billionaire in his own right, Stevens has assembled a crew of the best scientists and engineers he can find, including a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who has unlocked the secrets of gravity itself. With engineering genius Mick O’Hara, ex-USAF fighter pilot Lorna Greenwood, and former Navy Seal Charlie Bender to maintain operational security, the DSRI is secretly building and testing gravity-powered spacecraft.
Now, if they can just manage to get it done without being noticed by the cyber-spies of the NSA, the watchdogs of Homeland Security, the IRS, OSHA, and a half-dozen other government agencies, they might actually succeed. And they do have the world’s smartest computer on their side, one that can fend off cyber-security threats and get them any information they might need from anyone else’s network anywhere on the planet.
Ultimately, Stevens and his crew want to establish a permanent, self-sufficient settlement on the Moon and use it as a base for further space exploration. What’s more, to prevent interference from the U.S. and other Earth nations, they plan to declare their lunar settlement an independent nation... and they are NOT going to apply for membership in the U.N.
Welcome to the Lunar Free State.
Length: 411 pages, 143,000 words
The Saga of 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
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