Lightless, on sale today!

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of C.A. Higgins Lightness.


“[A] riveting sci-fi debut” —Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Books Preview

LIGHTLESS is contained, disciplined, tense and occasionally lyrical…The writing, particularly when Ms. Higgins describes the workings of the computer, is often beautiful. LIGHTLESS is the first of a planned series, and you can’t help looking forward to learning what’s next for Althea and Ananke.”

The New York Times

“The stakes in this story are high—life and death, rebellion and betrayal—and debut novelist Higgins continually ratchets up the tension…A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed.”

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED 

“Written by an author with a degree in physics and featuring a computer reminiscent of 2001’s HAL, LIGHTLESS is an intellectual but no less exciting story set in the infinite vastness of space…expansive and exhilarating”

Romantic Times, 4 Stars! 

The first book in a trilogy from debut author C.A. HIGGINS. With bold speculation informed by a degree in physics, 24-year-old C.A. Higgins spins an unforgettable “locked spaceship” tale guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations. LIGHTLESS (Del Rey Hardcover; On Sale 9/29) encompasses science fiction, mystery and suspense to become genre defying, with all the elements to become a sensation.

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental spacecraft, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must do everything in her power to defend her beloved ship.

While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. A handsome, perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon, he has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.

As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, things begin to fall apart. The final pages of LIGHTLESS will speed by in a rush to reach its explosive conclusion.

LIGHTLESS is a hair-raising, new space opera that will keep you up late into the night and have you thinking over the story long after you’ve finished.

CAHiggins © Lisa Verge-Higgins

C.A. Higgins or Caitlin Higgins, is a debut author who writes novels and short stories. She was a runner up in the 2013 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing and has a B. A. in physics from Cornell University. Lightless is her first novel, written during her time as an undergrad at Cornell.