Up Against It

Although billed as a virginal production by M. J. Locke, this "debut" novel really represents the stealth relaunch of a fine writer, Laura Mixon-Gould. A state-of-the-art solar system space opera finds the heroine struggling against an assortment of engineering troubles that bedevil the asteroid colony of Phoecea. A page-turning parable, one might say, for the crumbling infrastructure of our own era.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.