SpaceCorp: Book 1 of the Galactican Series
Written by Ejner Fulsang.
Monica and Logan are the perfect couple to lead the charge. Monica is a self taught micro-biologist astronaut who has mad gene stealing skills. Logan redesigned the heavy lift shuttle system before he finished graduate school. Together they advance the toroidal space station design from aluminum to nano-cellulose construction making them resilient against impacts from both stupid and smart debris. In their off hours they enjoy motorcycles and each other. Monica also gets some therapeutic MMA in from time to time.
Meanwhile, on the ground the remnants of the US government and Iran are continuing the losing game of shitty diplomacy. China and India seem to be content to do their own thing and Europe is not even mentioned. Yeah, this part of the story seems a bit myopic portraying the President and all of Congress as prairie dogs afraid to come out of their holes for fear of being shot.
I really liked the space born part of the story, it made quite a bit of sense to innovate using NTRs (Nuclear Thermo Rockets) rather than continue to toil away with chemical. The same goes for the proposal to craft radiation resilient algae to produce nano-cellulose. The ground based drama kind of needed some reworking. The entire book is in definite need of copy editing. I’m giving it a two star out of five due to the Earth based part of the story and the editing. I may still read more in the series because I sense it may take another inspiring techno-turn but if the quality of the next one is not improved then I’m out.