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  • By Victoria Mixon


    A crucial interstellar survey ship has gone missing.

    A nuclear terror plot is thwarted outside Washington, D.C.

    And it’s an election year.

    Casimir Bridge is the first novel in the space sci-fi Anghazi Series by former NASA Space Shuttle engineer Darren D. Beyer.

    I worked with Beyer on a full Copy, Line & Developmental Edit of Casimir Bridge, using Darren’s authentic scientific expertise to develop a space sci-fi galaxy in which “space bridges”—interstellar travel based upon the latest in real theoretical physics—become terrifyingly real.

    Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi is a young African-American journalist who receives anonymous evidence that nuclear material seized from a terror plot points to humanity’s largest company and the world’s most powerful scientific innovations—Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC).

    AIC, newly based on a distant moon, is the home of founder and CEO Jans Mikel, the only man who knows the secret source of the rare element that powers the AIC “space bridges.” Mikel is struggling with the disappearance of his wife Sophia on AIC’s missing interstellar survey ship when he receives news of a government investigation based of Mandi’s evidence.

    Assembly Member Andrews—power-hungry and ruthless—is determined to wrest from Mikel the secret of interstellar travel, securing for himself control over the “space bridges” and with it the Presidency of the most powerful coalition on Earth.

    Now only Mandi Nkosi can reveal the truth.

    Beyer interviewed particle physicists, nuclear forensics experts and engineers, using his own firsthand knowledge of space flight from his work at NASA. Born in Washington, D.C., Beyer traveled extensively throughout his childhood and later received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech, 1989. He worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center for nearly ten years: on the Hubble launch, numerous Space Lab projects and other scientific missions including astronaut training, installations onboard the Shuttle at launch and recovery crew following landing. He has had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger.

    Recently, I worked with Beyer on a Developmental Edit of the sequel, Desolation Bridge, in which Mandi and military expert Grae must face the terrible power behind Andrews and the real secret of the work that Mikel is conducting on his distant moon.

    Beyer says:

    “My work with Victoria so dramatically improved my writing that I can’t even find the words to describe it—and seldom am I at a loss for words.”


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ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .

STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .

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