— Publishers Weekly
The quantum computer believed it knew best how to save humanity... even if doing so meant destroying half the population.
Astrophysicist Doug Lockwood has made the discovery of a lifetime: another planet has appeared in our solar system, in orbit opposite that of Earth. Its sudden appearance is unexplained, but the danger presented by the alternate Earth is real, kicking off a chain of events that will carry Lockwood into the grasp of a formidable artificial intelligence bent on accomplishing its goal at any cost. With the survival of our Earth at stake and time running out, Lockwood and his team must find a way to counter this unprecedented threat before the powerful new enemy completes its plan. Two civilizations are pitted against each other in a desperate struggle for survival that may lead to Armageddon for both worlds.
Keywords: Dark Nights, Popular Science Fiction, Espionage Spy Thriller Adventure Action, Space Travel shuttle condor, CIA NSA Agent Michael Bishop, Extinction Level Event disaster catastrophe, Artificial Intelligence AI Robot Android, Alternate Earth Multiverse
Christopher A. Gray is a freelance writer living in Toronto. His science-fiction interests include quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), alternate universes (the multiverse) and political intrigue.
In space, Commander Mitch Granger and his crew are nearing the end of their scientific mission - along with their covert satellite photography for the military. As they prepare for reentry, an unknown object emerges from the void; the name given to deep, dark space.
The object proves impossible to evade. The crew have one option left - to bring the fragment aboard.
Immediately, all contact with the shuttle is lost.
NASA watches helplessly as their craft breaks orbit and heads back to Earth where it crashes high up in the Revelation Mountains of Alaska.
The space agency puts together an emergency recovery team, but the Russians also want the US military photographic data onboard. The race is on to be the first to the crash site, nearly 10,000 feet up in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. But there is another problem. Satellite images show that something else came down in the shuttle, something moving about when no one should be alive. And that seems to be growing at an alarming rate.
NASA needs help, and protection. Send in the HAWCs. But even HAWC captain Alex Hunter, the last super-soldier of the Arcadian program, has never come up against a threat so old, and from so far...
Part Pop culture Sci-Fi thriller part love letter to David Bowie, The Speed of Life is a quiet meditation on the unreachable mystery and power of music.
****2012 Independent Publisher Gold Medal Winner for Sci-fi/Fantasy****
June 6, 2026. The War to End All Wars. As the bombs rain down, the starship PROMETHEUS, with its crew of six brave astronauts, escapes an Earth destined to become a lifeless, black rock.
The cargo: A database of ‘stranded’, or digitized, human beings. The mission: To find a habitable planet, bring the strands back to life, and ensure the continuation of the human race.
But the crew soon discovers that strands are being deleted, and they realize that someone among them is a traitor, a follower of The Chrysander, a rebel on Earth who had preached that humans had ruined one planet, so therefore had no right to inhabit and ruin another. And as the crewmembers are murdered, one by one, the human race teeters on the brink of extinction.
Chief Scientific Officer Sandra Hapgood, the developer of the stranding process, vows to defend humankind at any cost, and she races against time to save herself, the remaining strands, and the future of humanity…
“Douglas Wentworth instantly lures you into his web of murder, mystery, and suspense. Wentworth not only makes you wonder whether his chillingly human characters will save the human race, but if our own human race is even worth saving!”
- C.P. Leacock, Author, ‘Roswell: Have You Wondered’
Keywords: Dark Nights, Popular science fiction, Espionage Spy Thriller Adventure Action, Space Travel shuttle condor, CIA NSA Agent Michael Bishop, Extinction Level Event disaster catastrophe, Artificial Intelligence AI Robot Android, Alternate Earth Multiverse
…what if it’s a death sentence?
Welcome to life in the universe after we finally conquer the urge to blow it up.
It’s the sort of utopia we all dream of.
Almost, if it contained a probability calculator and teams of well-meaning assassins.
Physics Professor Klept is missing.
His latest unsanctioned experiment may put the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies on a collision course.
(currently a 38.2% probability)
Meanwhile a medieval planet in contact quarantine has started using advanced comms technology.
If you find alien tech...
...don't try to become a god
...It may not turn out as planned.
Years ago Allor found a crashed spaceship.
Now he is on the cusp of bringing the planet under his rule.
Allor heals the sick with alien technology
He flies across the sky as if by magic.
He even has an interstellar drive system but believes it is a weapon.
How many would you kill to finally end all war?
His mother created a religion to worship him.
Mother of god, she likes the sound of that.
Field Historian Koven Modi is sent to Earth Seven to investigate.
Koven isn't the best person for the job, far from it.
But he's the only one left.
Everyone else is looking for Prof. Klept and his dog.
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