“Even if it gets rough, I’ll take life, we only get the one.”
- New Frontier
Diving headfirst into its swerving story, New Frontier opens with a space ship crippled, the air rushing out into the vacuum of space, and the crew holding on for dear life as emergency hatches slam down.
Then the story takes off, careening down different avenues, shifting in time, and spinning threads which slowly weave together in the explosive ending.
This vision of the future, sprinkled with lessons from the past, and repeat mistakes as well, explores a wilderness so like others humans have set out to tame: a land of rampant capitalist opportunism, religious fanaticism, hardworking settlers, geniuses of invention, corrupt politicians, sensationalist media, and a new world where this panorama of humanity arrives together, hopelessly entangled with each other.
As a new era dawns for humanity - finally breaking the bonds which tied us to the Solar System - the moment which unites all the disparate parts of the world and supposedly brings us into an era of peace and discovery is almost instantly marred by greed erupting into violence.
The Argos, the ship sent out on this historic mission, is left adrift and crippled far from home.
Survivors of this mysterious attack struggle to hold their ship together and come to the rescue of homesteaders and compatriots relying on them to not only survive but retaliate.
Several rival corporations, monopolies delving into every industry imaginable, have all but supplanted nation-states, keeping governments around only as a necessary fiction to pacify populations. The realm of business now reaches into politics, military, religion, and all other aspects of human life.
The frontier regions of space are a place filled with new homesteaders, miners, merchants, bandits, and scientific minds barely able to keep from slipping into total anarchy, a frontier region where people can disappear from their lives and head off into the unknown.
New Frontier is an adventure which stretches from the furthest reaches of space, to slums in backwater cities, to the lunar capitol, and ultimately onto the wreckage of the great ship.
The gallant and the selfish alike are forced to face the best and worst of human civilization far from home and decide what they truly believe in.
At the center of the story characters like Captain Davi Cardoso, a Brazilian billionaire who bought his seat on the Argos just to make history after a lifetime of cavorting and playing, Commander Shannon Drake, a British woman who went into the service for the education and ended up falling in love with the sense of duty, Suresh Singh, an Indian physicist who escaped the loss of his wife and child by adopting science as a religion worthy of fanatical pursuit, and Hector de Anza, a Mexican runaway who embraces the service as his escape.
These people swirl together in a fast-paced tableau of humanity standing on the brink of its greatest success... or maybe its furthest fall.