Bio:Howard V. Hendrix is the author of four novels published by Ace Science Fiction: Lightpaths (1997), Standing Wave (1998), Better Angels (1999) and Empty Cities of the Full Moon. The first three continue, elaborate on, and steal from his short fiction, but the fourth comes entirely out of an as yet unexplained parallel dimension. Hendrix holds a BS in Biology as well as MA and PhD in English literature, which means he is at times able to manage fish hatcheries or teach literature classes at the nearby state university. He and his wife Laurel go for long backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevada Mountains every summer, which is their avowedly masochistic idea of fun.
Roger Cortland came to the Orbital Complex to continue his life's work in virtual reality, Marissa Correa to observe this Utopian society up close, and Jhana Meniskos to student the "Orbital Park," the station's biodiversity preserve. But no utopia is safe--from corruption, from sabotage, from corporate greed. And when this "perfect" world begins to unravel, all three will have to fight to protect their work--and their lives!
What was the light that mazed every mind's eye? What has brought a flying mountain top home from the stars, and sent investigators into the orbital habitats floating above Earth? How is this connected to a "living fossil" fungus--or to a dead madman--or to the fate of the planet? Whoever discovers the answers to these questions--FIRST!--will decide the ultimate fate of the Earth--and all humanity! An imaginative tour de force.