Refractions: A completely gripping space opera

· Storm Publishing
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Twisty, suspenseful, and well told M V Melcer is a talent to remember.” Walter Jon Williams, bestselling author of Hardwired and The Praxis



In the vast expanse of space, Bethesda – humanity's first extra-solar colony and home to a thriving population of adults and children – has ceased all communication with Earth.



Nathalie Hart only joined the New Horizons interstellar rescue expedition to escape the pain and guilt after her sister’s senseless death. But when she’s wrenched out of cryo-sleep far too early, she realises something has gone very wrong on board…



As the ship's alarms blare and smoke fills the corridors, Nathalie finds herself thrust into command amidst a crew of strangers, each harbouring their own secrets. A scrawled threat in her cabin, written in a language only she knows, confirms her suspicions. Someone on board will do anything to stop them reaching the colony and revealing Bethesda’s secrets.


Surrounded by deceit, and with Earth a distant memory, Nathalie must decide who she can trust as they desperately race towards the unknown horrors of Bethesda.


A deadly secret threatens everyone back on Earth. And if their mission fails, five-thousand innocent lives hang in the balance… 


If you loved The Expanse and anything by Ann Leckie or Arkady Martine, you won’t be able to put down this gripping tale of betrayal and survival in the vastness of space.


Praise for Refractions:


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is a great, tense, imaginative read… kept me reading with its double-pronged mysteries and pivotal character conflicts… it's a damned good readHighly and enthusiastically recommended.” Deborah Davitt, author of The Sage Of Edda-Earth


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A compelling story in the vastness of spaceI would absolutely recommend picking this up." Reader review


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book as earned a place on my favoritesThe world building here was absolutely fantastictotally pulled me in (well done) with some great twists at the end that I didn’t see coming.” Reader review


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Action, tension and discovery culminates with an unexpected, yet perfect ending. A truly enjoyable and satisfying read.” William Ledbetter, Nebula winner and author of Level Five


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Refractions surprises you. The tautly plotted mystery evolves and deepens into an examination of the best and worst human behavior and impulses. Melcer's characters are complex and messy; her setting feels all too real... Recommended!” K. Eason, author of Nightwatch Over Windscar and The Thorne Chronicles


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wonderful page-turning space opera!… Starts at an intergalactic travel novel and turns into a whirlwind mystery of sabotage and colony collapse. Truly surprising twists and turns and a satisfying conclusion. What more could you ask for?” Reader review


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Refractions is a page-turning mystery that drills straight down to the human heart of a crisis... Melcer's complex, dynamic cast of characters move together through a direly realistic future: there's hope to be had, as long as someone's willing to pay its cost.” Aimee Ogden, author of Emergent Properties


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An epic space adventure... This story is both majestic in scope and introspective in tone, as the diverse cast of characters careen through a sweeping space adventure.” TJ Berry, author of Space Unicorn Blues


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Filled with descriptively vivid and vibrant world-building… an outstanding story filled with action, tension, drama and emotion… I thoroughly enjoyed this enthralling, exciting piece of escapism.” Reader review

Ratings and reviews

1 review
Sally Mander
November 16, 2023
The story is told with dual timelines, the present and the past. Highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of #Refractions from #StormPublishing #NetGalley I was not obligated to post a review. #diverse #SpaceOpera #ScienceFiction #scifi #dualtimelines #Greed #MVMelcer
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About the author

M V Melcer is a fiction writer and a filmmaker, with primary interest in science fiction and sometimes-accurate ponderings about the future. Born in Poland, MV has lived in the USA, the Netherlands and Belgium before settling in the United Kingdom. She inherited her passion for space and science-fiction from her father, who almost lost his life trying to replicate the feats of Sputnik and Gagarin using home-made rockets (he lost his hand, but it could have ended much worse). MV’s dream of space-flight remained confined to the atmosphere, as she obtained a recreational pilot’s licence (much safer!) To balance things out, she’s also an avid scuba diver.

Combining her first passion for science and literature, M V if following her MA in literature with a degree in astronomy and planetary sciences she’s currently pursuing.

M V wrote and directed several short films, which were successful at the festival circuits, screening in Europe, the USA, and Japan. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSurus, Daily Science Fiction, Nature Futures, and others.

She lives south of London with her husband and Earl Grey, a not-very-smart tabby cat.

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