I read this book about 25-Jun-2017. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2010. This note was last modified Monday, 03-Jul-2017 22:17:52 PDT.
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Self-published, first published on her blog. The story appears to be ongoing there.
Nice bit of secret history; after WWII, instead of building an atom missile base on the moon, sone concerned scientists built a starship instead, and headed out. So the outer colonies are highly independent and a bit older, and some others are still tied to various nations on Earth.
All this was kept secret from people on Earth, of course.
The stories include historical reports of important moments in history, and also day-to-day work in the Engineering department, keeping the old starships and their rather low-tech stardrives working. The ships are huge—power isn't a problem any more.
These remind me of Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper stories in one important way—mostly they're about people trying to keep things going and get their jobs done, and human antagonists are often secondary to the uncaring universe.