Dark Nights

Sunbow Press
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“Innovative and well-paced... Part scientific exploration, part action, part political intrigue, the combined result is a page-turner.”

— 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

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About the author

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.

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Sunbow Press
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Feb 1, 2014
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The more he investigates, the more questions arise, including the role of the two heiresses who are more -- and less -- than they seem, and the more Donne is pushed inexorably toward an explosive solution and a regional interstellar war.

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In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

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Earth Seven
Mortuis Luna
The Finite Void
Now all three in one place.

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But a universe at peace is still a very dangerous place.

The History Department is responsible for all history: past, present and future. 

To assist them, they operate Calcus Majoris, the largest probability calculator in existence. It calculates the odds of all significant positive and negative outcomes in the universe. The results help them carefully choose points of intervention in order to change the future. Sometimes it is a helping hand at just the right moment. Sometimes its murder. 

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Get A Partial History of the Universe now before your planet self-destructs.
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