The Anghazi Series by former NASA space shuttle engineer Darren Beyer gets the science in science fiction correct, and that’s part of what led the first book in the series, Casimir Bridge (2016), to be so well received. The book follows Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi—a young African-American reporter who finds herself smack in the middle of what at first appears to be a nuclear terror plot, but ultimately turns out to be a deeply rooted corporate and government conspiracy that spans two planets, four star systems, and the depths of space. Beyer feels strongly about the importance of featuring women at the forefront of science fiction, in fact he’s contributed to The Mary Sue on the subject.
In fact, readers across the board have been clamoring for book two and luckily, Pathogen Protocol (October 10, 2018) is a sequel that does not disappoint. The conspiracy, led by CEO-turned-politician Gregory Andrews, has succeeded in taking over the Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), and its stockpile of hyperium, the element that enables interstellar travel. But Andrews didn’t get everything. AIC’s leader, Jans Mikel, escaped to a hidden base on the alien moon of Helios, where he harbors the company’s greatest secrets, the most profound of which is that humans are not alone in the galaxy.
The themes that Beyer explores—consciousness, humanity, and AI—are at the forefront of science and popular culture. Readers of authentic sci-fi with page-turning plots and fully realized, non-traditional characters from writers like John Scalzi and Octavia Butler will be thrilled to have found the Anghazi series.