A prequel short story.
This short story first appeared in The Z Chronicles, and serves as a prequel to What We Left Behind.
Jackson is an astronaut testing a prototype interstellar craft in deep space. When he returns home, there’s no one to greet him. Earth has fallen silent. Now he must decide — stay in orbit, watching a dead planet roll slowly by beneath his windows, or land on Earth and fight for life?
Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in making hard science fiction easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable.
Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there's no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter's forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.
Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent.