The universe is not only strange but stranger than we can imagine

Hunger Star

 

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Tick tock…

The Die Back — the death of billions through war, famine, plague and infrastructure collapse — appears almost inevitable. Only good luck and constant interventions by the powerful AI-run Skellig Michael Institute are staving off a new dark age or even mass extinction.

In light of the deteriorating situation, the Skellig Michael is relocating its headquarters from high Earth orbit to Luna. The first wave of colonists will soon embark in the Marathon, the Institute’s skyscraper-sized spacecraft.

But at the heart of the Institute is a mole, a high-ranking traitor, dedicated to the failure of the mission and the destruction of the Institute’s greatest assets, its advanced AIs. The only clues to the mole’s identity are the dying words of a terrorist.

Edward Wolfe, senior Institute fellow, must track down the mole before he or she can strike. The task is impossible, the price of failure, unthinkable

 

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 Excerpts and notes from the world of
Hunger Star

 

 

Taking out insurance (Epigraph, Chapter 11)

Taking out insurance (Epigraph, Chapter 11)

The Die Back can be considered in different ways. Those of the Gaea persuasion take it as evidence that the planet, the ecosphere itself, is determined to wipe out what has become an intolerable pest. Those of a more calculating bent......read more
Cults of the late 21st Century  (Epigraph, Chapter 10)

Cults of the late 21st Century (Epigraph, Chapter 10)

The second half of the Twenty First Century has more than its share of religions and cults. Some of these are born of escapist thinking or the understandable desire to flee from the unpleasant realities of the times... ...read more
Why Luna? (Epigraph, Chapter 9)

Why Luna? (Epigraph, Chapter 9)

Why Luna? Because it’s there. Because we conscious beings in this solar system need to diversify our portfolio. Because humanity’s leaders need a kick in the ass......read more
Wolfe wonders why

Wolfe wonders why

Wolfe sometimes wondered why he was doing this — leaving whatever passed for home behind, taking off in a metal cylinder to start a new life on an airless moon....read more
The Hunger Star

The Hunger Star

Above the globe, stitched against the eternal night of space, was a brilliant, glaring white star — the Hunger Star. It had blossomed into luminous being three weeks ago......Read more
At the crumbling edge  (Epigraph, Chapter 1)

At the crumbling edge (Epigraph, Chapter 1)

Since the Skellig Michael Institute was founded, its mandate has been to preserve civilization at all costs. We’re trying. And at the moment, to be brutally honest, we’re failing. ...read more