WIPE (The Complete Post-Apocalyptic Story)

Joseph A. Turkot
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 *This is the full novel version of WIPE, including Parts 1 through 5*
I’ve seen the tower from the beach a million times. 

Way out in the sea, impossible to reach. 
It rises gray and bare, up and up, and then out of sight. As if the sea gave birth to something meant to connect it to the sky. I’ve never seen the top. Maze says she’s not convinced it has one. 

And I’ve always taken its impossible presence for what the Fathers say it is: a relic from before the Wipe. The hubris of pre-Wipe man, and a reminder for us all as to why it is God’s Will that we never return to technology. 

But Maze suddenly has it in her head that the tower means something else, something different than the history the Fathers have given us. I think she’s a conspiracy theorist. 

Until she shows me the map. Just the word mirror scribbled in red ink, next to a marking, and she expects me to go into the Deadlands with her. As long as I’ve known of her recklessness, and as much of a bad influence as she is on me, I can’t say no. Because while she doesn’t know they exist, I can’t stop my feelings for her. 

And I start to realize, when we first pass over the rotting gates, into the ruin that was a city, that it will take something much more than either of us ever knew we had in order to survive the truth.
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Publisher
Joseph A. Turkot
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Published on
Aug 23, 2016
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Pages
373
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Language
English
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Imagine a distant future where technology’s inexorable advance has
halted for all but the richest .1% of humanity. Indigents who still have
it fly spaceships that are hundreds of years old, and entreat the help
of robots that are relics of the past.



The wealthy, having achieved immortality through science, and
secured total power through purchase of all government seats, spread and
consume the last resources of the cosmos. The unlucky majority pursue
one goal: The generational commitment to buying a ticket into Utopia—the
virtual reality program that simulates what in antiquity was known as
heaven. Little do they question the mysterious origin and purpose of
their gloried destination.



For those who can’t afford to upload their consciousnesses into
Utopia, and leave their physical bodies forever behind, there are few
options but to live the life of an outlaw.



Eight hundred years in the past, Mick Compton is ripped away through
a wormhole into the dystopian future of the Messier 82 galaxy. In a
place where the only thing that matters is getting into paradise, he
wants only to get back home to his proper place and time, to his wife
and family, so that he can right the wrongs of his past. But Sera, a
battle-hardened smuggler with plans of her own for him, won’t make it so
easy.



And a darker agenda is at play in M82—the terrorist known as The
Force of Darkness has reached a terrifying conclusion: Humanity is a
virus, whose chance at equilibrium with its environment long ago failed.
The only solution is complete extermination of mankind. After decades
of surreptitious construction, FOD is nearly ready to detonate a quantum
black hole with the power to consume the entire spread of the human
race.



Will Mick succumb to the draw of Utopia and forsake his desire to
return to a real family? Will FOD pull off the ultimate terrorist act
and destroy humanity once and for all? Find out in Black Hull.
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