A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress

They would transform a barren rocky world into a refuge for faith and life. Or die trying.

Eight light-years from Earth, the fate of a terraforming expedition depends on brave souls. Human and AI.

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They will turn a barren planet into a refuge for life.

Or die trying.

On board the interstellar ship, Theodore wakes from forty years of
suspended animation, eager to transform a barren, rocky planet into a
living world.

The plan: move an icy asteroid billions of miles, convert the ice
into new seas and a breathable atmosphere, then seed the surface with
life.

But some among the crew want to speed up the process. By taking risks
with nuclear explosives. A dangerous revision, but one supported by the
mission’s commander.

Competing plans divide the crew into rival factions. With Earthly
help over eight light-years away, Theodore must search alone for allies
among oppressed workers, spiritual advisors, and the ship’s artificial
intelligence to save the mission—and stop the commander from seizing
absolute power.

Scientists and politicians, ideals and tyranny clash when the hidden
agendas of Theodore, his foes, his friends, and the ship’s AI reveal
themselves in a riveting, ultimate confrontation.

A novella of technological wonder and human intrigue, by the
author of The Confederated Worlds and the Stone Chalmers series.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: audiobooks, novellas
Publisher: CV-2 Books
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: B07NGNMKJQ
ISBN: 9780999101681
List Price: $11.99
eBook Price: $1.99
About the Author
Raymund Eich

Raymund Eich is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose middle American upbringing is a launchpad for journeys to the ends of the universe.

His most popular works are military science fiction series The Confederated Worlds (novels Take the Shilling, Operation Iago, and A Bodyguard of Lies) and the Stone Chalmers series of science fiction espionage adventures (novels The Progress of Mankind, The Greater Glory of God, To All High Emprise Consecrated, and In Public Convocation Assembled). He has over ten other published book-length works and more than thirty published short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Odyssey, Analog, and the anthology Surviving Tomorrow, and has earned honorable mentions and a semi-finalist award in the Writers of the Future contest. His works are available worldwide in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook editions.

His most recent prior novel, Exploration 2127, was published in October 2021 by CV-2 Books (https://cv2books.com).

After circling the world by age five, he grew up in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. He earned a B.A. and a Ph.D., both in biochemistry, from Rice University. Though he’s no longer a working scientist, hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins.

In addition to his writing career, he works in patent law, won a national quiz bowl championship, is a husband and father, and affirms Robert Heinlein's dictum that specialization is for insects.

He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter. His last name has one syllable and is pronounced “eye-sh.”

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