“For an indeterminable moment there was a tiny point of icy coldness, nothing more. An instant later it exploded outwards and filled areas of his mind he did not know existed. With it came a deep, unmerciful pain, seemingly piercing every atom of his body. Somehow he felt as though he was spinning.
Just when he thought he could bear no more, a blinding light filled his consciousness and the pain eased off, fading rapidly to a blissful nothing. He slowly became aware that he was floating and held against something soft, but his memory drew a blank on his location. A dizziness could not seem to decide whether it should be there or not. Slowly, too slowly, feeling returned and the cold numbness
retreated, leaving just cold. Even so, he still could not move…”
3 Space craft, 240 colonists, 25 trillion miles and a discovery that changes everything.
Classic science fiction that will appeal to fans of Arthur C. Clarke. Astronomicon: The Beginning follows the human race’s intrepid first steps into interstellar space, a colonisation mission to Proxima Centauri. The colossal distance and harsh environment are not all that stand between them and survival.
This first volume in the epic Astronomicon series is the story of their desperate adventures and the political machinations that are unfolding back on Earth, which threaten to end space exploration permanently. With colonies on Mars and a growing mining community around Jupiter, will everyone want to come home?
This 124,000 word science fiction novel introduces the entire Astronomicon universe. It is divided into two parts. The first, titled “Voyage of the Elysian” covers the Interstellar colonisation vessel Elysian setting out on its mission to safely deliver a small community of human colonists to an uninhabited planet in the Proxima Centauri system. Disaster strikes as they near their destination and, after crashing the vessel on the Proxima 3, the survivors end up fighting for survival on the inhospitable surface of the planet. They soon discover that plummeting temperatures, low oxygen levels and natural obstacles are not the only things challenging their survival.
The second part, titled The Discovery covers the bizarre discovery of the mysterious Astronomicon from which the series takes its name, ongoing developments in the colony on Proxima 3 and dramatic political changes back on Earth.