Author(s): Frank Schätzing
2025. The Chinese and the Americans are going head to head on the Moon for helium-3, the rare mineral which will solve all the Earth's energy needs. But not everyone is happy about helium-3: the oil industry is collapsing and entire corporations are going under. Someone has even tried to assassinate EMCO manager Gerald Palstein, who's trying to save the Canadian oil company by getting into the helium-3 business himself. Billionaire Julian Orley's space-elevator technology has revolutionised space travel, but he's about to take another life-changing step. He has funded Gaia, the first hotel on the Moon, and his plan is to take a group of international investors up there and to use the trip to negotiate the finance for the construction of a second space elevator, to open up the universe to humanity.
Enthralling and visionary Thomas Reiter, Astronaut Full of excitement and danger. [A] complex and well-woven thriller [that] combines a thoughtful vision of the future with relics of the present and creates an atmosphere both alien and familiar Library Journal
Frank Schatzing is the author of the international bestseller The Swarm, which turned him into Germany's most successful thriller writer in decades. A winner of the 2004 Corine Prize, and the 2005 German Science Fiction Prize, Schatzing lives and works in Cologne.