Contact Window was inspired during the summer of 2014 when I was sitting in the middle of a field, watching fireworks celebrating America’s Independence. It inspired a quasi-sequel when Lyndon Perry and I collaborated on The Return.
Book description from Amazon.com:
The inhabitants of Yeitr Prime use what they call a Contact Window to reach new worlds and civilizations. Gatr and his young lieutenant are sent on a mission to make first contact, but face a narrow chance at success. When disaster strikes, will they abort the mission or continue on in the face of danger?