Cover Reveal: Astra Idari Beyond Lights Reach, by Darby Harn

24 May 2024

Welcome to a new cover reveal!

Today we have the pleasure of assisting on revealing the cover of Astra Idari Beyond Lights Reach, the second novel in the sci-fi saga Stargun Messenger, whose first part, Stargun Messenger, was one of my favourite reads of the year.

Let's take a look at the blurb:

The Stargun Messenger Saga continues!

Astra Idari saved the universe. Got the girl. Transitioned from android to a human. Now all she wants is to enjoy her happily ever after. When her original programmers lay claim to her singular memory, Idari has to run for her life.


Her programmers unleash Omna Devor, a vicious, unstoppable AI that infects everything it touches. With Devor spreading through Idari’s neural net, Idari seeks a mythical utopia for advanced AI to find a cure or face deletion.

Her journey leads her across the stars, from her friends and family, and deeper into a cosmic mystery that goes beyond the data in her head. As Idari races against time to save her life, she discovers her programmer’s true objective: an ancient secret in her memory that could change the galaxy, forever…

This book will be released on Kickstarter the 9th of July (link); and the regular version will be available on the 13th of September (Amazon).

If you are a reviewer, you can sign up for an ARC here

The cover has been drawn by Al Hess, author of World Running Down.


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Darby Harn

Darby Harn

Darby Harn is the author of the SPSFC quarterfinalist Ever The Hero, which Publisher's Weekly called "an entertaining debut that uses superpowers as a metaphor to delve into class politics in an alternate America." His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, and other venues. Visit for more.