Fermi's Progress: Planet of the Apiaries

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The Fermi is the Earth's first and last faster-than-light spaceship. The last, because it turns out its engine vaporises entire star systems in its wake. And nobody knows how to turn it off.

Book 3 of 4 in the Fermi's Progress series

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How bad could it possibly bee...

Queen is a gas giant, where space-suited beekeepers tend enormous floating hives to extract the precious rocket fuel the giant bees manufacture within. The Fermi desperately needs that fuel if its crew don't want to starve to death stuck on their ship, so they strike a deal. The Fermi will rescue some stranded beekeepers in exchange for a tank of fuel.

But things take no time to go wrong, and soon two of the crew are marooned in an increasingly hostile alien hive, while something has made it back to the Fermi...

Praise

"Simultaneously a tribute to the classic TV SF 'planet of the week' format and a very literal demolition job of the same - and so smart that it's never afraid to be silly. Brilliant stuff."

- Nate Crowley, author of Notes from Small Planets

"Clever and strange, genre-bending and darkly funny, it’ll take you on a ride between myriad times and places, Fermi’s Paradox observed through the lens of interstellar call-centres like it was the grim spawn of The Dark Forest and Hitchhiker’s Guide, or the fleshy junction of Alien, Embassytown, and Office Space."

- Andrew Skinner, author of Steel Frame

"Fermi's Progress is fresh, fun SF with a dark conceit, dangerous thought experiments, thrilling action adventures, and lots of wit and warmth."

- Ken MacLeod

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The Fermi is Earth’s first faster-than-light capable spaceship. It’s also its last. The moment its engines engage, it unleashes a shockwave that vaporises entire planets, entire solar systems.

Chris Farnell

I was hatched from a vat in 2002 when I immediately went to study English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. On graduating in 2005 I received my first book deal for the YA science fiction novel, Mark II.

I’ve written for the National Science Museum, Wired magazine, Warner Bros Studios, Den of Geek and many, many other places. I’ve also given talks and run writing workshops for schools, adult education and fan conventions, including Nine Worlds 2015 where I somehow persuaded a room of 50 people to write an entire novella within an hour and 15 minutes.

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