Ian's life hasn’t gone quite to plan. His business has collapsed, and taken his marriage with it. To escape, he enters the fledgeling world of freighting cargo to the stars, aboard the interstellar cargo vessel, the Gantry. He enters a world where the dangers of space team up with politics, religion and moral outrage, in an effort to kill him.
He enters a world where time is meaningless and stem cell therapy strips the years from the body, giving Ian a glimpse of immortality, while under threat of sudden death at every turn. He enters a world of solitude, where relationships struggle to exist, and human contact is a luxury which must be taken advantage of whenever it is available.
Set against the backdrop of rampant religious extremism on earth, the Gantry is a look at early, sub-light speed space-travel. Technically detailed it challenges social norms while examining a dystopian world where religious extremism is the order of the day. It looks at the physical and social side effects of hibernation, and prolonged absence from life. The Gantry is an enthralling tale which will leave you wondering what the future has in store.
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About the Author
Christian Exenberger was born in South Africa, where he has lived for most of his life; except for a few of his early years, when he was very young and couldn't even count yet, and lived in Austria. He moved to Australia in 2016, where he lives near the sea with his wife and children, and where he was able to ditch the drudgery of work for a while, and indulge his ambitions to write. His lifelong passion for science-fiction began early in life, around the time when he was learning to count, and when the buzz of the first moon landing was still fresh in the world's memory. He grew up on a diet of Asimov, Clarke, Price and L'Amour; Sci-fi, adventure, and shooting bad guys at noon. Christian would probably have become a scientist if he wasn't such a dreamer. But every interesting fact he learned, held the potential to take him on an adventure, somewhere deep into his daydreams. And when the lessons were boring he was sure to be M.I.A as well. He still wonders how many of his teachers, who barely noticed the attentive, well behaved boy sitting quietly in the front row, realised that they might as well have marked him absent most of the time. So he became a software developer, a curse which has kept him too busy to spend much time writing… until now. His style is hardcore science fiction, taking a few small liberties with the science for the sake of the fiction. Christian writes near future science fiction, which seems as though it would be nearly possible to achieve with technology as it currently is. Nearly, but not quite. He also enjoys throwing some erotica into the mix, whenever it's appropriate to the story while trying to bring the reader into the character's point of view, to experience the story from the character's point of view. Christian's first full-length novel, The Gantry, released in July 2016, started life in 2001. Written in the gaps between job, wife and kids, it finally had the words "The end" added to its pages in 2012. Four years later, after long hours of arduous polishing, Christian has turned it into something someone might actually want to read.