Dark Secret by Edward M. Lerner is his standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
The story is a space opera, involving an experimental starship urgently recalled in the hopes of evacuating a portion of humanity from an anticipated disaster that will destroy the solar system, only to discover that the price of survival may involve becoming something other than human.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through October.
Free for a limited time through October as their Free Book of the Month selection @ the publisher’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide, requires valid email address; follow the instructions on the page to reset the suggested price to $0.00)
There’s also a discounted tie-in deal on the same page for two backlist standalone science fiction technothriller novels by the same author, both of which were previously published by Tor Books during the late 2000s.
When the experimental ship Clermont is urgently recalled from a long-range test flight, neither Dana McElwain nor Blake Westford, its captain and crew, imagines that they are about to embark on a much more urgent voyage—or that this new mission will determine the fate of the human race.
A gamma-ray burst—the deadly beam of radiation spawned seven thousand years earlier in the death throes of doomed neutron stars—is about to wipe the Solar System clean of all life. Only the Clermont’s prototype Dark Energy Drive might carry anyone, and any of humanity’s legacy, to safety before that extinction.
And then what? Where beyond the Solar System is safe? What if the price of survival is to become less … human?