This announcement has been a long time in the making, but such is the nature of publishing (especially where multiple authors are involved). And it will be a few more months before it is available in print and ebook format. But I assure you, it is well worth the wait! This anthology is a collection of science fiction short stories and scientific essays edited by famed author and NASA scientist Les Johnson and famed engineer/terraformer Ken Roy (inventor of the “Shell World” concept).
The title of this volume is The Ross 248 Project, which explores how humanity may settle worlds that orbit Red Dwarf stars someday – like our nearest extrasolar planetary neighbor, Proxima b! It is the spiritual sequel to the anthology Going Interstellar (also edited by Les Johnson), which explores how humanity may travel to distant star systems someday.
Some truly heavy hitters in the science and science fiction communities took part in this project, and I was honored to be working with them. My contribution was an essay on the subject of terraforming planets that orbit Red Dwarfs. I was asked to write it by Dr. Johnson himself based on a series I wrote for Universe Today (The Definitive Guide to Terraforming).
It is the longest piece I have ever written and (I don’t want to brag, yes I do!), I was told by an authority on the subject (won’t say whom) that it was the “one of the better [essays] that I’ve come across.”
The book is available for pre-order on Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster. Check it out below!