Set in 2255 in our own solar system. A small black hole is found at the edge of our solar system. Its Hawking radiation seems to contain information, and responding to it gets a response in return in which the black hole becomes a featureless planetoid. Different factions, earth, moon, and conservationists race to be the first to leverage any potential it may provide.

Part 1 of the Devoured Worlds trilogy(?). Earth and other living planets have been devoured by a lichen. A fungus is used to mine planets for a mineral that makes space travel possible. The lichen consumes the fungus but also all other life. A rebel thinks one of the powerful families, the one doing the mining, is responsible for the lichen as byproduct of mining. But it turns out to be very different. Fun space opera.