For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress.
In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail.
At least, they aren’t supposed to.
Hugh Howey is a former yacht captain and a New York Times best-selling author. He is best known for his novels Wool, Sand and Beacon 23, which he self-published through Amazon’s KDP platform. Hugh and his fiancée live aboard Wayfinder, their 50 foot catamaran. They are currently exploring New Zealand, and are about half way through their circumnavigation.