The Second Veil by David Niall Wilson
Series: Tales of the Scattered Earth, Book 2.
Approx. 52,070 words.
Published on April 8, 2011 by
When Euphrankes Holmynn, Captain of the Airship Vector, approaches the High Council with a plan for launching an airship through The Second Veil, an energy barrier that has protected their planet since the beginning of their collective memories, he is dismissed and banished from the city. Then a flaming object is spotted by the priests in The Chamber of Stars, and only Euphrankes can save them.