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A science fiction novel by Daniel J. Lyons.

8.75 out of 10 -The BookLife Prize

Severed was written while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is both therapy for and a reaction to the author's experiences during the onset of the virus and explores how regular people react during a crisis:

After exhausting planet Earth, humanity has moved out to live "on the stars."

With your closest neighbor light-years away, the “on the stars” lifestyle guarantees a level of privacy unmatched in human history. But even ultimate privacy doesn’t need to come at a cost when modern technology can instantly whisk you back to civilization.

But when that modern technology unexpectedly fails, three private vessels find themselves completely unprepared for the isolation that follows. The three crews have very different strategies to cope with a radical change to the status quo.

Will they have the wherewithal to survive the weeks and months that it will take to get back to civilization?


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A self-published work distributed by IngramSpark.

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First Paperback Edition

June 1, 2021
214 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7355957-4-0
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Second Ebook Edition

June 1, 2021
42,384 words
ISBN: 978-1-7355957-1-9
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First Hardcover Edition

December 1, 2020
152 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7355957-2-6
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First Ebook Edition

December 1, 2020
42,384 words
ISBN: 978-1-7355957-1-9