It was supposed to be a routine prospecting mission, but in an asteroid belt nothing is routine.
With 43 billion souls crammed together on Mother Earth and using up natural resources at an unsustainable rate, the essential minerals that support human civilization are in desperately low supply. Tesserene, the mineral that makes starflight travel possible, is especially critical. Without it, humans are effectively imprisoned in their home system.
When prospecting ship Shamu is almost destroyed in a distant asteroid belt, Swede Johansen and rest of the crew of five are left with three days of air, little water, a smashed starflight drive, and no hope of rescue. It will take every ounce of ingenuity and stubborn pigheadedness they possess to find a way to survive.
In the shadows of a small moon, an amazing discovery leads to first contact. Will it open the galaxy to human exploration, or doom mankind to extinction?
The Tesserene Imperative is available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCYMMJ4. (You can read the first 10% of the book in Look Inside.)
To find out more about the author and his works, visit his website at http://markterencechapman.com, his blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com, or follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/MarkTerenceChap.