No one expected the oil to last forever. How right they were ….
In the Gulf of Mexico: the Deepwater Horizon oil-well blow-out. In Japan: nuclear-reactor meltdowns. Across the Middle East: revolution, civil war, and chaos.
It’s enough to make a person wonder: what if something major ever went wrong with the world’s energy supplies? Something like, say, the Crudetastrope?
Edward M. Lerner is pleased to announce the release of his eco-technothriller, Energized. He just wishes it weren’t quite so timely.
A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world’s major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export oil and natural gas — Russia chief among them — have a stranglehold on the world economy.
And then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than divert the onrushing asteroid, America captured it into Earth orbit.
Solar power satellites — cheaply mass-produced in space with resources mined from the new moon, to beam vast amounts of power to the ground — offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin.
As though building miles-across structures in space isn’t challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs.
NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will — even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal, or going into space to do it.
“A taut near-future thriller … Lerner’s vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure.”
— Publishers Weekly
Edward M. Lerner is a member of SFWA.
His website is edwardmlerner.com