Beacon (Part I)
by Jonathan C. Gillespie
At the end of time, a miracle endangers a vast refugee fleet.
Beacon is the only star that survived the Shroud. In its orbit, humanity lingers on alongside every living species. Vast layers of orbiting ships can provide everything—except children. So when Mally and Tersias conceive, they attract great attention, including that of mankind's most dreaded enemy. And the end becomes the beginning.