An Aurora Rhapsody Short Story


Morality could not be spawned by tweaking a few genes or shutting off a few neurons.
Though humanity conquered the very stars, it remained unable to conquer the darkness within.

In the dark, seedy underbelly of Pandora—a lawless colony on the best of days—a young woman who’s lost everything but her soul fights to reclaim her life from a violent, sadistic criminal despot. But when she’s given a chance for freedom, she realizes escape is not enough. First, a just punishment must be exacted for crimes committed.

Set twelve years before STARSHINE: Aurora Rising Book One (Aurora Rhapsody #1), Solatium is Mia Requelme’s origin story—and the story of how she and Caleb Marano met. It’s a story about criminals and those who punish them, but mostly it’s a story about the struggle to keep hold of one’s soul in the face of so much darkness.

When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph
or fall to ruin?

Aurora Rhapsody is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.


Solatium was originally published in Crime & Punishment, edited by Lucas Bale and Alex Roddie.

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