Benjamin Kamphaus is a keytarist and semicolon apologist living in the Front Range of Colorado. He has collected and discarded many exotic careers, among them: archaeologist, Earth scientist, and space industry software engineer. He produces electronic music—including soundtracks to accompany the Vaskania Prime books—as PatternShift.
Vaskania Prime is one of many exoplanets that was targeted for colonization from Earth in the late 23rd century. To reach other habitable systems, humans designed large-scale, self-replicating robotic fleets. Modeled on Von Neumann probes, the ships of the fleet were built with minimal resources in the inner Sol system. They mined raw materials, hydrocarbons, water, and other resources from asteroids and Kuiper belt objects as they traveled through the outer system on the way to interstellar space. These fleets were operated by distributed AI systems, and were capable of self-repair and complex planning. They carried a seed vault and multiple copies of all information networks from Earth.
Three decades ago, Viktor Goto left his home planet, Vaskania Prime, for remote orbit on Oneiri Station. With AI assistance he altered his body chemistry, using a mix of synthetic hormones and neurotransmitters. He spent his time training, learning to extend his REM sleep by several hours and project new powers into the Dream World. Now he’s back on Vaskania Prime to dream again and find out what happened to his childhood friend, Owen.
The Renouncers of Oneiri Station have dedicated their lives to exploring the Dream World. On a routine excursion, two Renouncers discover a clue left behind by the founder of their order—one that promises to upend their understanding of the planet’s history and the Dream World’s origins. As they race to unravel the Dream World’s secrets, the ancient powers that have been waiting inside it are beginning to stir.