The unfolding mystery
Three warring worlds attempt to resolve their differences over a disputed planet, but the peace talks upon the central Nexus world of Coronade are thrown into chaos when one of the delegates is brutally murdered. Conciliator Magdi, an empath from Periarch, pursues the killer in a desperate attempt to keep the peace talks alive.
Meanwhile, confused rumours circulate about the discoveries made by the Magellanic Cloud, a ship thought lost in the galactic core. Wild rumours warn of a biological or technological discovery that threatens the very existence of interstellar civilisation.
Magdi sees an opportunity to use the rumours as a way to encourage the three worlds back to the table. But has she underestimated the risks she faces?
And has she made the mistake of not taking the troubling rumours seriously enough?
Simon is a British fantasy and sci/fi writer, with over a hundred short stories published in a wide variety of magazines, including Analog and Nature. He’s the author of the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy, cyberpunk sci/fi thriller The Genehunter and the steampunk Gormenghast Engn saga.
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He was born in the Year of the Dragon. He still thinks digital watches are a pretty neat idea.