A hero intent on stopping it before the creature kills again.
A powerful magician, left for dead in the ruins of his father's castle, alive and thirsting for vengeance.
Garrius Arilius rides to Quisin. There he risks his life and soul to consult a seer known only as the Old Witch. What is the nature of the mysterious creature? Where did it come from? How can Garrius kill it?
The seer's answers to his questions are not what he expects. They set him on a course that will lead Garrius back to his childhood home, back to the kingdom he thought he'd left behind, back to a past he'd rather forget—and toward a future that has never seemed more uncertain or more perilous.
Karl El-Koura was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1979 and currently lives in Canada's capital city with his beautiful editor-wife. More than sixty of his short stories and articles have been published in magazines since 1998, and in 2012 he independently published his debut novel Father John VS the Zombies. He holds a second-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju Ryu karate, is an avid commuter-cyclist, and works for the Canadian Federal Public Service.
Karl maintains an online home at www.ootersplace.com, where you can discover more work by him and keep up-to-date with his latest news. He can be reached at email@example.com.
My great-grandad's name is Sam Twyson and he is one hundred and seventy years old. I don't have a great-grandma because my great-grandad never married and wasn't able to have his own children. My great-grandad adopted my grandad in 2115, to celebrate his one-hundredth birthday.
I chose to write my report on him because my great-grandad is interesting and because my dad says I do not spend enough time with him.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
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.