Hard Science Fiction
Does the secret of Mars lurk beneath the surface of its south pole? A lone astronaut searches for clues about the earlier inhabitants of the Red Planet. Meanwhile, Rick Summers, having assumed the office of Mars City’s Administrator by deceit and manipulation, tries to unify the people on Mars with the weapons under his control.More info →
En 2005, la sonde robotique Huygens atterrit sur la lune de Saturne, Titan. 40 ans plus tard, un radiotélescope reçoit des signaux de la lune lointaine qui ne peuvent provenir que de l'atterrisseur oublié depuis longtemps. En ce moment même, une expédition revient de la lune voisine Encelade.More info →
Planet Suran is a paradise and offers the best conditions for life. Its diverse inhabitants are intelligent - all of them. According to legend, the builders, higher beings, breathed intelligence into the creation shortly after the world was created. Science sees it differently: biologists have found evidence that all genetic material of suranic life has been artificially altered in the recent past.
Olom doesn't know who is right, traditionalists or moderns, and he doesn't care because he has his own problems. He has been lovingly raised by his three parents, but still he is missing something: a being just like him. No one else on Suran has only two legs and two arms. No one moves as clumsily. A strange photograph promises Olom help. But to uncover his origins, he must enter places that no Suran before him has ever explored. Are the builders themselves hiding there?More info →
Un robot intelligent et deux jeunes gens explorent Proxima du Centaure b, la planète en orbite autour de notre étoile la plus proche, Proxima du Centaure. Ce à quoi ils s’attendaient concernant la mission se révèle vite très naïf alors qu’ils s’aventurent sur cette planète des extrêmes.
Où sont les expéditeurs de l’appel à l’aide qui les a attirés ici ? Ils ne trouvent personne et aucune trace du côté lumineux de la planète. Ils placent donc leurs espoirs dans une expédition vers les glaces éternelles de la face cachée de Proxima. Non seulement l’équipe est confrontée à la nuit éternelle, mais elle doit aussi faire face à de graves dangers. Une décision fatidique va changer la planète à jamais.More info →
For many billions of years, humans—having conquered the curse of aging—spread throughout the entire Milky Way. They are able to live all their dreams, but to their great disappointment, no other intelligent species has ever been encountered. Now, humanity itself is on the brink of extinction because the universe is dying a protracted yet inevitable death. They have only one hope.More info →
La lune Io de Jupiter est un environnement extrêmement hostile : des coulées de laves chaudes, des mers de soufre bouillant et des éruptions volcaniques fréquentes émanant directement de l'Enfer de Dante, en plus d'un bombardement continuel de rayonnements et d'une température de moins 180 degrés Celsius.More info →
The alien spaceship Majestic Draght is finally on its way to Earth. How will humans react to the gargantuan spaceship, whose technology is vastly superior to anything on Earth?
No sooner has the crew reached Saturn’s orbit than they lose control of the ship. The Omniscience - the artificial intelligence that controls the Draght’s systems, and which has always had a compelling interest in the solar system - has disappeared.
While the crew searches for the AI, the dark matter drive also fails. Suddenly the Draght is in danger of crashing into Saturn’s nearby moon, Enceladus, jeopardizing the enigmatic being at the bottom of the Enceladus Ocean.More info →
Seule et désespérée, Ève est assise dans le centre de contrôle d’une structure extraterrestre. Elle a perdu les autres membres de l’équipe envoyée pour explorer l’exoplanète Proxima du Centaure b. Par erreur, elle a déclenché un processus désastreux qui menace d’anéantir la planète. Alors qu’Ève craint que sa meilleure option soit une mort rapide, une forme de vie extraterrestre voisine se réveille après un très long sommeil. Cet alien n’a qu’une seule tâche : trouver et neutraliser l’intrus destructeur venu d’un endroit lointain.More info →
The new heart of the Milky Way is a quasar, enclosed by a huge shell. It will provide energy to humankind for a long time. But then one maintenance probe after another disappears. Is someone trying to manipulate the quasar to destroy our galaxy in a giant explosion? Or is it just a few outlaws who are trying to steal some of the quasar’s energy for themselves?More info →
The star system is perfect. The arrivals have undertaken a long and dangerous journey—an expedition of no return—seeking helium-3, essential for the survival of their species. The discovery of this extraordinary solar system with its four gas giants offers a unique opportunity to harvest the rare isotope.
Then comes a disturbing discovery: They are not alone! Another fleet is here, and just as dependent on helium-3. And the two species are so fundamentally different that communication and compromise appear hopeless. All that remains is a fight to the death—and for the future…More info →
A planet in the endless emptiness of space, far from the warmth of any sun. And yet there are people who populate its vast caverns, living, working and loving. Since time immemorial, they have been on course for Andromeda, the neighboring galaxy of the Milky Way. This is the prophecy of the ancients, the one goal that unites them all, their cult.
But then the unthinkable happens: The journey stops because the planet enters the orbit of a mysterious object that can't be seen in any telescope. Scientists doubt its very existence, though they can't give any other explanation as to why the journey to Andromeda has come to an end.
And then the messages start.More info →
Vénus est une planète hostile, recouverte de volcans actifs. Malgré cela, la NASA lance une expédition à la recherche de vie, car les nuages épais de la sœur chaude de la Terre pourraient offrir de bonnes conditions pour cela. Un Airship spécialement conçu sert de plateforme de recherche aux quatre astronautes.
Mais ils découvrent alors sur la surface brûlante une activité dangereuse qui ne peut avoir qu'une seule explication : Une forme de vie très avancée doit être à l'œuvre.More info →
In the 1980s, physicists at a lab in the Soviet Union find traces of strange data in the cosmic background radiation. Because powerful forces in the military believe these findings can be turned into a weapon for use in the cold war, the information gleaned by the physicists is kept under strictest secrecy.More info →
Peter Kraemer, a physics teacher with a passion for astronomy, makes a discovery that he himself can hardly believe: Stars disappear from one day to the next, with nothing left of them. The researchers he contacts provide reassuring and logical explanations for every single case. But when Peter determines that the mysterious process is approaching our home system, he becomes more and more anxious. He alone perceives the looming catastrophe. When he believes he has found a way to avert the impending disaster, he chooses to pull out all the stops, even if it costs his job, his marriage, his friends, and his life.More info →
No one has ever ventured deeper into space than the four astronauts of Shepherd-1. The aim of their mission: to witness the creation of the cosmos. Using the sun as a lens, they are to align a flock of probes in such a way that the moment of the Big Bang becomes visible.
For astronomer Christine, this is a dream come true. So she is bitterly disappointed when the first images are obscured by a kind of veil that prevents any insight. She works obsessively to find a solution, but when she finally succeeds in lifting the veil, she sees something that would have better been kept hidden...More info →
In a small observatory in the southwestern United States, stronomer Celia discovers strange goings-on during a routine survey of the LDN 63 dark cloud. Everything here seems to be happening far faster than science would have it. But no one believes her, because she has already made a supposedly groundbreaking discovery once – with the help of falsified data.
Celia knows: The dark cloud is her best chance to win back her career and her life. That's why she unswervingly embarks on a journey to the end of her imagination. She must unlock the secret of the "Factory of God," no matter what the cost – but what if it goes beyond her horizons, those of science, and those of all humanity?
The story of an all-transforming discovery.More info →
In the year 2031, a robot probe detects traces of biological activity on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. This sensational discovery shows that there is indeed evidence of extraterrestrial life. Fifteen years later, a hurriedly built spacecraft sets out on the long journey to the ringed planet and its moon.More info →
Nick Abrahams still holds the official world record for the number of space launches, but he’s bored stiff with his job hosting space tours. Only when his wife leaves him, however, does he try to change his life. He accepts a tempting offer from a Russian billionaire. In exchange for making a simple repair on Neptune’s moon Triton, he will return to Earth a multi-millionaire, enabling him to achieve his ‘impossible dream’ of buying his own California vineyard.More info →
Judith Rosenberg, captain of the spaceship ARES, is under pressure. After the previous mission to Mars crashed, she is supposed to set down the first humans on the Red Planet. Maxim Goncharov, meanwhile, has other problems to contend with. He's in charge of building an international lunar base at the moon's south pole, where the sun almost always shines. But his crew is slowly running out of resources. Humankind seems to have lost interest in the moon. When the ARES encounters an interstellar visitor, the researchers on the moon uncover its true nature: A discovery with terrible consequences, as Judith and Maxim find out almost simultaneously.
The Wall: Eternal Day depicts a fateful chain of events that changes the solar system and all its inhabitants forever. But there are two sides to every fate. In The Wall: Eternal Night by Joshua T. Calvert, you will learn about the other side.More info →
Nova is a lonely planet, on its way to the Andromeda galaxy for ages. And yet it is inhabited - by people who have never known anything other than the caves beneath the surface that protect them from the vacuum and cosmic radiation.
A surprising encounter changes everything. The planet gets visitors who seem to have their own agenda and are so alien that communication seems futile. But they, too, have unexpected existential problems. Could cooperation with them avert the danger of missing Andromeda? Perhaps, were it not for a threat that has lain dormant inside the planet for millions of years and could destroy all life.More info →
In 2144, astronomer Celia Baron discovers mysterious processes in the LDN 63 dark nebula that cannot be explained scientifically. Is there a threat? To find out, humanity equips a ship. A small crew of five humans and one AI sets out on the hundred-year journey in cold sleep.
But when the ship reaches its destination, everything is even more mysterious. Nothing adds up, and soon Celia and her colleagues discover that not only have they fallen into unimagined danger, but the entire solar system is threatened with destruction.
The story of an all-transforming discovery.More info →
After a long journey to Saturn’s moon Enceladus, spaceship ILSE is on its way back to Earth, carrying crucial cargo. The crew is exhausted and wants nothing more than a quick return home. Suddenly, a chain of malfunctions puts the expedition in peril.More info →
Two outlaws search for an astronaut who has risen from the dead. A team of mercenaries is tasked with uncovering the secret of the invader of our solar system, at any cost.
For both groups it seems that Amphitrite, the Black Planet, is the stage on which they must fight their battles. Nowhere are life and death so closely interwoven as on this strange world, which ultimately has its own way of intervening in events. If only humanity had kept its distance! Amphitrite is no ordinary celestial body. It is the black planet.More info →
They have been traveling towards the Andromeda galaxy for thousands and thousands of years. Suddenly, they receive an offer that sounds far too good to refuse. But are they even ready for the big step that actually promises them the fulfillment of all their wishes? Aren't those who want to make it possible perhaps also pursuing their own plans, which will plunge the entire planet into great danger?
Andromeda - The Arrival is the conclusion of the Andromeda trilogy.More info →
The expedition to the dark cloud LDN 63 has solved the riddle of the mysterious events there - but at a high price. Thousands of alien ships threaten Earth's emissaries. The only way to stop them could be an ancient weapon.
But to trigger it, astronomer Celia and her colleagues must give themselves up – while it is not at all certain that their sacrifice can really prevent the worst: Even then the attackers might reach the solar system and Earth.More info →
Jupiter’s moon Io has an extremely hostile environment. There are hot lava streams, seas of boiling sulfur, and frequent volcanic eruptions straight from Dante’s Inferno, in addition to constant radiation bombardment and a surface temperature hovering at minus 180 degrees Celsius.More info →
No sooner has one of the last surviving humans delivered this bad news to the representatives of the Mendraki and the Iks than he disappears. Kimi, Norok, Tolkut, and Kasfok find themselves alone in a spaceship controlled by technology they do not understand, and together they must avert a threat whose source they do not know.
They have only one clue: They must locate the hidden supercomputer that preserves information about a dark chapter in the history of the strange bipeds – information that may save their peoples...
It is 2056. Mathematics professor Elisabeth Gabai is fascinated by multi-dimensional forms that have no equivalent in reality. Then, her boss sends her to the site of an artifact that might have come straight from her theories—or from the technology of an advanced civilization.
Twenty-eight years earlier, physicist Max Webber is hell-bent on improving Einstein’s theories of relativity. His latest concept seems flawless, except it predicts the end of humanity. The extinction of Earth can only be prevented if Max can locate a multi-dimensional object. He’s in a hurry; tomorrow will inevitably be too late.
But how is he supposed to accomplish this goal when physics tells us the artifact he seeks cannot possibly exist?More info →
Peter Kraemer, un prof de physique passionné d’astronomie, fait une découverte qui le laisse pantois : des étoiles disparaissent du jour au lendemain, sans qu’il n’en reste rien. Les chercheurs qu’il contacte lui fournissent alors des explications rassurantes et logiques pour chaque cas.
Mais lorsque Peter arrive à la conclusion que le mystérieux processus s’approche de notre propre système, cela l’inquiète de plus en plus. Et il est le seul à se rendre compte que la catastrophe est imminente. Quand il croit avoir trouvé une manière d’éviter le désastre qui nous pend au nez, il décide de mettre tout en œuvre pour l’empêcher, même si ça risque de lui coûter son travail, son mariage, ses amis, et même sa vie.More info →
Russian billionaire Nikolai Shostakovitch makes an offer to the former crew of the spaceship ILSE. He will finance a return voyage to the icy moon Enceladus. The offer is too good to refuse—the expedition would give them the unique opportunity to recover the body of their doctor, Dimitri Marchenko.More info →
Where life as we know it is impossible, the real adventure begins.
Venus is a hostile planet, covered by active volcanoes. Nevertheless, NASA launches an expedition to search for life there, because the dense clouds of Earth's hot sister could offer good conditions for it. Their specially developed airship cruises in the clouds of Venus to serve as a research platform for its four astronauts.
When they discover dangerous activities on the glowing-hot surface, there can only be one explanation: A highly sophisticated life form must be at work.More info →
Le milliardaire russe, Nikolai Shostakovitch, fait une offre à l'ancien équipage du vaisseau spatial ILSE. Il financera un voyage de retour vers la lune glacée d'Encelade. L'offre est trop tentante pour être refusée. Cette expédition leur donnerait l’occasion unique de récupérer le corps de leur médecin, Dimitri Marchenko.
Tout le monde à bord sait que leur bienfaiteur agit pour des motivations purement personnelles… mais les véritables intérêts du magnat et les dangers qu'il évoque dépassent l'imagination de quiconque.More info →
Max and Liz have escaped the mysterious time phenomenon by traveling to the Mars colony, which promises a whole new, exciting, and secure life. But they've left behind someone important to them.
Should they embark on a journey from which no one has ever returned? And why does everyone seem to put obstacles in their way even as they try?
The physicist and the mathematician must contend with forces that cannot be swayed by logical arguments while time, at an accelerating pace, is running out for their friend on Earth.More info →
The crew of the Truthseeker has managed to trigger the cosmic trap that was supposed to destroy the entire invasion fleet. But Celia, Jaron, Jürgen, Paul and their AI were not fast enough. While they are on their way to the solar system in a World Root, a huge spaceship with its own consciousness, a danger approachES that can alter the dimensions of the universe and is after the most valuable thing that mankind possesses: the water of the oceans, atmosphere and life.More info →
The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid.
When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira’s alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcasts are the only ones who may be able to save our world, knowing that THE HOLE hurtles inexorably toward the sun.More info →
In 2014, the ESA spacecraft Rosetta lands a small probe named Philae on 67P, a Jupiter-family comet. The lander goes radio silent two years later. Suddenly, in 2026, scientists receive new transmissions from the comet. Motivated by findings that are initially sensational but soon turn frightening, NASA dispatches a crewed spacecraft to the comet. But as the ship approaches the mysterious celestial body, the connection to the astronauts soon breaks. Now it seems nothing can be done anymore to stop the looming dark danger that threatens Earth ...More info →
Luhman 16 is a binary system of brown dwarfs - stars that have failed to ignite the nuclear fusion process inside them. Therefore, the sun never rises on the planets orbiting them.
The crew of the spaceship "Majestic Draght", consisting of aliens and humans, must plunge deep into the darkness to help castaways fighting for their lives here, of all places. But then something happens that no one could have expected …More info →
À la fin du XXIe siècle, la Terre reçoit ce qui semble être un appel à l’aide urgent venant de la planète Proxima du Centaure b, située dans le système stellaire le plus proche du Soleil.
Les astrophysiciens soupçonnent qu’une éruption solaire massive est sur le point de détruire cette civilisation inconnue jusqu’alors. Les programmes spatiaux de la Terre ne sont pas équipés pour pouvoir les aider, mais un milliardaire russe sans scrupules lance un vaisseau spatial secret et hautement spécialisé vers Proxima b, à plus de quatre années-lumière.
L’équipage inhabituel est confronté à une tâche herculéenne, s’il survit au voyage. Personne ne sait à quoi s’attendre sur cette planète étrangère.More info →
When an amateur astronomer discovers something strange on telescopic solar pictures, an explanation must be found. Is it merely artefact? Or has he found something totally unexpected? An expert international crew is hastily assembled, a spaceship is speedily repurposed, and the foursome is sent on the ride of their lives. What challenges will they face on this spur-of-the-moment mission to our central star?More info →
NASA finally made it. The very first human has just set foot on the surface of our neighbor planet. This is the start of a long research expedition that sent four scientists into space.
But the four astronauts of the NASA crew are not the only ones with this destination. The privately financed ‘Mars for Everyone’ initiative has also targeted the Red Planet. Twenty men and women have been selected to live there and establish the first extraterrestrial settlement.
Challenges arise even before they reach Mars orbit. The MfE spaceship Santa Maria is damaged along the way. Only the four NASA astronauts can intervene and try to save their lives.
No one anticipates the impending catastrophe that threatens their very existence—not to speak of the daily hurdles that an extended stay on an alien planet sets before them. On Mars, a struggle begins for limited resources, human cooperation, and just plain survival.More info →
Two humans and a robot on their own in the Alpha Centauri system: Marchenko, Adam and Eve have found asylum on a planet inhabited by aliens. They could spend the rest of their lives here in peace. But apparently there are many more people who, like them, have been sent to alien systems without a return ticket and without being asked - castaways with uncertain fates who need their help.
Their alien rescuers generously offer to take them on a search in one of their spaceships. Although the trio doesn’t know whether their hosts are acting out of altruism, they embark on an odyssey with dangers so unpredictable that the saga is indeed written in the stars.
The Proxima Logfiles is a multi-part series based on the Proxima Trilogy, but can be read independently. Star Trek meets Lost in Space – reimagined with the scientific and technical realism of hard science fiction.More info →
Three fugitives on a mission in which death would be a happy ending.
A client who is amazed at the sheer size of his own plan.
A destination where few humans have ever set foot.
A retiree who holds the salvation of the world in her hands.
Möbius 3 is the culmination of the trilogy that began deep in an Icelandic volcano and in a Princeton University basement...or is it? When the past swiftly becomes the future, the future no longer offers a safe haven.More info →
There is a huge, bold black streak in the sky. Branches appear out of nowhere over North America, Southern Europe, and Central Africa. People who live beneath The Rift can see it. But scientists worldwide are distressed—their equipment cannot pick up any type of signal from it. The rift appears to consist of nothing. Literally. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Most people are curious but not overly concerned. The phenomenon seems to pose no danger. It is just there.More info →
250 years ago, humanity nearly destroyed itself in the Great War. Shortly before, a spaceship full of researchers and astronauts had found a new home on Saturn's moon, Titan, and survived by having their descendants genetically adapted to the hostile environment.
The Titanians, as they call themselves, are proud of their cooperative and peaceful society, while unbeknownst to them, humanity is slowly recovering back on Earth. When a 20-mile-wide chunk of rock escapes the asteroid belt and appears to be on a collision course with Earth, the Titanians fear it must look as if they launched the deadly bombardment. Can they prevent the impact and thus avoid an otherwise inevitable war with the Earthlings?More info →
The spaceship Majestic Draght reaches a star system whose only planet is bombarded with deadly radiation from its sun.
Here, of all places, something happens that should never happen – and the crew sees their only salvation in landing on the mysterious planet orbiting the hostile star.More info →
The year is 2099. Steve Knight, commander of NASA's moon base, is about to be replaced. The shuttle that is to take him home is already waiting. But then Earth simply disappears from the sky. Neither the NASA crew nor the crews of the other moon bases understand what has happened. The three bases form a 40-strong community of fate as it quickly becomes clear that their combined resources provide only for the survival of, at most, ten people. Together they face a difficult choice: 30 voluntary deaths now, or watch each other die within the next two years. Then a shocking third option comes to light.
Lost Moon: Lunar Eclipse depicts the time of bitter decisions that Steve and his comrades-in-arms must make.
Lost Moon: Earth Storms, presents you with the other side, as author Tim L. Rey describes the fateful rescue mission to reunite the planet with its moon.More info →
Late in the 21st century, Earth receives what looks like an urgent plea for help from planet Proxima Centauri b in the closest star system to the Sun. Astrophysicists suspect a massive solar flare is about to destroy this heretofore-unknown civilization.More info →
2312: In the first-ever terraforming program, millions of drones are repairing the home of humanity, which had been rendered virtually uninhabitable by the Great War of 2299. Megacorporation Olympus manufactures and controls the autonomous repair swarms, and is building a widespread mining system in the asteroid’s main belt to harvest the resources urgently needed to restore Earth.
When the control center on Psyche loses contact with an automated mining station in the main belt, Olympus hastily assembles a small team to reboot the errant software. As soon as they land on the asteroid, Sara Renberg and her two teammates discover they are in the grip of a mysterious and powerful force – and Earth itself is the target of a devastating attack!More info →