No one has ever
returned from Mars.
The Mars colony’s
Safety Officer investigates a bizarre death and uncovers a
high-level conspiracy that may explain how an apparently Martian
organism has contaminated Earth.
Travel to and from
the colony, a private venture mounted by an Arab consortium, has
been embargoed since the Martian Fungus began to decimate
Earth’s oceans. This ecological disaster caused famine and
triggered political upheavals Earthside including the
reemergence of a pan-Islamic caliphate. The colony, sixty
percent Muslim, has become a sultanate governed by sharia law.
Eric, an American statistician, must quietly and quickly
identify the killer, piece together the conspiracy, save his own
skin, and protect the victim’s orphaned child who may hold the
key to controlling the Martian Fungus on Earth.
Short story: 14,500 words.
Coming to Kindle - June 2013.