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Who owns the future? Homicide detective Raimy Vaught is a losing contestant in the biggest reality show ever: the colonization of Mars. Brother Michael is a Benedictine monk who just wants to help the future happen. Andrei Bykhovski is an asteroid miner desperately escaping indentured servitude. Bridget Tobin is a hydroponic farmer studying the greenhouses of Luna. But when a fellow Mars contestant drops dead at a Lunar monastery, these four souls will find themselves on a collision course with forces far beyond the control of trillionaires or nation states. As labor disputes erupt across cislunar space, the actions of individual people will determine whose future will prevail... and whose will perish.

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Prometheus Award Winning Series


"Full bore show-your-work SF and a tense lunar mystery! A thrilling read."—Max Gladstone, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

"Wil McCarthy's skill at crafting a believable, deeply science-grounded future is on full display. He brings us the mother of all locked-room mysteries wrapped in a vision of lunar colonization that rings a bit more true than we might be comfortable with. Small, gritty moments of inspired futurism pepper Poor Man's Sky and remind us that no matter where we go, our human nature follows."—Kimberly Unger, author of The Extractionist and Nucleation

“Expertly told, with a proper, good old-fashioned (and satisfyingly resolved) murder mystery at its heart. Great characters, rigorous science, and a grittily plausible vision of the coming wave of interplanetary exploration and settlement. It's fun, gripping and thought-provoking.” –Alastair Reynolds

“McCarthy's writing is prescient and engaging. Always a great read!” –Tim Akers

“Highly Recommended!” –Eneasz Brodski,

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