The Lamplighter Legacy


When high school student Ernesto Suarez wins the Lamplighter Prize for Best Amateur Space Blog he finds himself thrust into the heart of a hidden conspiracy that will forever change the course of human space exploration.

This short story is the 2013 grand prize winner in the James Patrick Baen Memorial Writing Contest sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society.


The astronaut gripped Ernesto’s wrist. “Look, kid, you want to put the phone down and look around?” He had to shout to be heard over the helicopter’s deafening noise. “This is a once in a lifetime experience.”

—The Lamplighter Legacy, by Patrick O'Sullivan