Some Men Fight For Silver And Some Men Fight For Gold
Cibola Burn (Expanse, volume 4)
By James S. A. Corey
2014’s Cibola Burn is the fourth volume in James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series1.
The Ring Builder’s protomolecule creates death and damage — just ask the unfortunates on Eros — but it also grants opportunities. Humanity has lost one major asteroid city; it has been forced to share the solar system with a vast, powerful alien artifact that regards humans as potentially useful raw materials. On the plus side, thanks to the protomolecule humanity now has access to the Ring Builder wormhole network and a thousand life-bearing worlds.
With potential living space expanded a thousandfold, one might expect it would take centuries before groups began squabbling over territory. Ha ha. It takes about a year.