Ode to a Lost Explorer

Ode to a Lost Explorer is a novel, available for free, created in the science fiction universe of No Man’s Sky. The story began as a travel blog but ended up as a novel.

The novel spans the first four years of NMS, beginning in 2016, and covers the settings featured from most of the updates, including story elements from the ARG of Waking Titan, up until the release of The Living Ship expansion. The story, of course, is set in the No Man’s Sky Universe and follows the journey of a traveller, like ourselves, who is searching for answers to his identity and whereabouts in an alien universe filled with mystery. The plot deviates from the game towards a more story driven premise, but stays true to the consistent narrative and background lore.

Those familiar with those first four years will find a lot to enjoy. However, the story will be enjoyed by those unfamiliar with NMS as well. So, the novel is suitable for fans and non-fans alike.

You will find eBook versions in epup and mobi on my author’s site. Just click here.

1: Lost

I’M LOST, on some alien world.

But I can’t seem to remember how I got here.  It’s as if my memory has been washed clean; no name, no face… no recollection… I do, however, remember that I was cataloguing things.  Things like plants, life forms, formations, worlds!

Intriguing, but why?

The red sky and landscape flood my vision through the long day.  At night the cold bleeds through the layers of shielding on my exosuit when I’m outside.  I return quickly to the ship.  I’ve got a backup generator working, it’s the only thing keeping me warm.

I’ve examined the ship’s vital systems and there be woes and grief… so yeh, it’s in need of repairs.  Pulse engine and thrusters are critically damaged.  What a mess, how did this ship end up so badly damaged?

I know what needs to be done, seems strange that I do, but I still wonder if I’ll ever get it repaired.  I need to craft Carite sheets, the planet seems rich in iron so I should manage.  But I’ll need other resources, which might pose a problem.


I found some parts, which I can use to reinforce the shielding, they’re damaged but I should be able to repair them.  Still, I have to begin searching for resources needed to get the ship operational.

Outside there’s sparse life scattered about, mostly harmless from what I’ve seen, so I’ll be cataloguing everything I come across and updating my progress while I’m searching.  I feel that’s important, so until I remember why I need to catalogue everything, I’ll keep doing it.

Just checked my food and water supplies.  They’re low, I mean dangerously low.  So, there’s no time to waste.  Move, move, move!

Καὶ τὸ ὅλον τοῦ μέρους μεῖζον [ἐστιν]. 

And the whole [is] greater than the part.