Cover Reveal: Stargun Messenger, by Darby Harn

15 Mar 2023

Welcome to a new cover reveal! We have joined forces with Escapist Book Company and several bloggers to reveal the new cover of Stargun Messenger, by Darby Harn.

Stargun Messenger by Darby Harn
Series: Stargun Messenger
Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 368
Published: May 5, 2023
Publisher: Fair Play Books (Self Published)
You can preorder it at

To save the stars, Astra Idari must outrun her own shadow. Astra Idari is a mess.

She drinks too much, remembers too little, and barely pays for it all as a Stargun Messenger. She hunts down thieves who steal filamentium, the fuel that allows for faster-than-light travel. When Idari meets Gen Emera, she meets the girl of her dreams and the last living star. There’s just one problem.

Filamentium is only found in the blood of living stars.

Everyone wields knives and justifications for butchering the living stars to get around, but once Idari knows the truth, she faces a stark choice. Either she turns Emera over to her employers who control the filamentium monopoly, or risks everything to help Emera fulfill her quest to save her people.

The choice should be simple, but it’s not losing her life that terrifies Idari. It’s finally living. Idari knows she’s human despite outwardly appearing to be an android with a failing memory stitched together by her ship's irascible AI, CR-UX. She’s been just getting by for longer than she remembers, assured in her humanity, but not enough to risk it.

Idari has lived her entire life in darkness. The dark comforts and shields. The dark preserves in its cold, and Idari may not be able to keep her star out of her shadow.

“If James Joyce had grown up reading X-Men comics and obsessively playing Destiny, he would have written this. A breathtakingly imaginative, star-spanning romp that is equal parts swashbuckling galactic adventure and lyrical introspection about love and identity.” - Wayne Santos, author of The Chimera Code

So, time to see the cover. Design 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.