Synopses & Reviews
Jane Navio is the resource manager of Phoecea, an asteroid colony poised on the knife-edge of hard vacuum and unforgiving space. A mishap has dumped megatons of water and methane out the colonys air lock, putting the entire human population at risk.
Jane discovers that the crisis may have been engineered by the Martian crime syndicate, as a means of executing a coup that will turn Phocaea into a client-state. And if that wasn't bad enough, an AI that spawned during the emergency has gone rogue…and theres a giant x-factor in the form of the transhumanist Viridian cult that lives in Phocaea's bowels.
Janes in the prime of her career—shes only a bit over a century old—but the conflict between politics and life-support is tearing her apart. To save her colony and her career, shes going to have to solve several mysteries at once—a challenge that will put her up against all the difficulties, contradictions, and awkward compromises entailed in the human colonization of outer space.
About the Author
M. J. LOCKE is an engineer in the American Southwest with a background in the energy industry. This is Lockes first novel.