Why you must read Laura Montgomery’s Manx Prize
In the second half of the twenty-first century, when Charlotte Fisher was just thirteen, orbital debris took its first large-scale human casualties from an orbiting tourist habitat.
Haunted by visions of destruction and her father’s anguish, as a young engineer Charlotte follows in his footsteps and determines to win a prize offered by a consortium of satellite and orbitat operators for the first successful de-orbiting of space junk. Her employer backs these efforts until the reentry of a piece of debris kills two people, and she and her team are spun off to shield the parent company from liability. With limited resources, a finite budget and the unwanted gift of a lawyer who, regardless of his appeal, she doesn’t need, she must face a competitor who cheats, a collusive regulator, and the temptations dangled by the strange and alluring friends of a powerful seastead.
It almost sounds like an industrial espionage novel, full of intrigue. But, of course, it’s science fiction.
That’s probably why it reminded us of more Earth-bound genres.
We’ve never thought of that before – but now we’re never going to be able to read another scifi book without wondering about those left behind. Who else do you think this novel will appeal to?
Tell us about Charlotte.
You mentioned romance. Who is her love interest and what is he like?
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
More space. Where does the interest come from?