Sean Monaghan is a New Zealand writer, though most of his stories are published elsewhere. With more than one hundred stories, in print, online, on broadcast radio and podcast, he varies from literary to science fiction. His stories include "Walking Gear" in Asimov's, and "Quisic Smith and the Russian Puzzle Doll" in Perihelion. He was the 2014 Grand Prize winner in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. Web: seanmonaghan.com
Kelly Barton barely survived two attempts to destroy her team's work on Mapinkura's alien artifact. Now she's starting from scratch.
Struggling to fathom the secrets of the dome, Kelly discovers it's far more active than anyone believed. A mysterious light confirms it.
And then the aliens arrive.
Kelly's trapped in a no win situation. Her last chance to reveal the secrets and make it home alive.
When Den tracks down his sister Jenni in a squalid Ridgecrest condo, it looks like she's in worse shape than ever. Den's risking his career to help her out. And she doesn't even want what he's offering: a chance at a new life, and a new leg into the bargain. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, from the author of The Whalefall.
Tony Brock saved humanity once. But in the mess, he lost his relationship with his daughter.
Now the Cly pose a new threat. A threat that might destroy the Earth itself.
And the aliens won't negotiate.
So Brock's back in the thick of it. Chasing them down, and chasing the faint hope of seeing Bex one more time.
An alien invasion novel with a difference.
Good fun story, with very dark overtones. Slade is a more complex character than I would have expected - not perfect, not necessarily likeable, but very pragmatic and practical, and certainly engaging.