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 A realistic and chilling vision of life on the Moon, where dust kills as easily as the vacuum of space . . . but murder is even quicker—a fast-paced, cinematic science fiction thriller, this debut novel combines the inventiveness of The Martian, the intrigue of The Expanse, and the thrills of Red Rising

Author Bio


 A former award-winning journalist, science fiction author David Pedreira’s debut novel Gunpowder Moon was published by HarperVoyager, the global science fiction/fantasy imprint of HarperCollins. He lives in Florida, writes at night, plays ice hockey twice a week, and spends as much time as he can outdoors.  

Gunpowder Moon


The Moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, chief of U.S. mining operations on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind, a flashback to his harrowing days as a Marine back on Earth...

Gunpowder Moon Reviews


“Former journalist Pedreira’s debut novel is an excellent sci-fi thriller set on the moon during a seething international crisis . . .  Pedreira is very good at drawing characters and showing the terrible limits within which they must function.  This is an exciting story with an unexpected depth—a solid winner.” 

  Publishers Weekly STARRED review