S.D. Falchetti, author
James Hayden has a dream, and the Riggs test vehicle is going to take him there. But when failure after failure leads to his last chance exploding spectacularly, he must partner with an AI and gamble everything for one last shot at the stars. 43 Seconds is a hard science fiction short story set in the Hayden's World universe. The story is a 6000 word short read (< 45 minutes) and is the perfect size for reading on the go.