Energy and artificial intelligence revolutions have made life perfectly comfortable for all of the people of Earth. The New Horizon generational starship project is the last great forward thinking project of a world which is gradually succumbing to a deep existential malaise. The target is Haven, a planet one hundred and sixty years, and six generations of crew away. Launch is the story of those who join this mission, and who bet against the universe to establish a fully self-sustaining human presence on another world.
Markus Bowland wins a spot on the historic mission, and he faces an impossible choice when he finds himself torn between obligations to his loved ones, and the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary.
More than two centuries into the future, the New Horizon generational starship is halfway through its long journey towards the planet Haven. It is the last great project of humanity, but after eighty long years the journey is still only half over. The last person to have known Earth died a long time ago, and new ship borne generations are having to suffer the existential nightmare of a complete and total absence of choice in their lives. A horrific event starts unravelling their small and seemingly harmonious society, threatening the mission, and their lives...
The long wait is over.
After a century and a half, the New Horizon Generational Starship has finally arrived at its destination and the planet seems to be everything the crew could have hoped for. Four simulants of the mission's original founders wake up after their long sleep to discover a dangerously factionalized crew, and the animosity and hatred amongst the crew threaten to destroy the mission before its dream can be triumphantly realized.