Other Science Fiction
I have written a number of stand fiction tales, both space opera and near future science fiction. Some have sold very well, thousands of The Shadows of the Multiverse and We Are Death, Come You. Afterlife is one of my best reviewed books. All were written as stand that could be expanded into series if they were successful enough. And then there is the Imagination Unlimited series of my short stories. All are worth a look.
No one knew where the gates came from, the wondrous planet sized millions of facets led to destinations across the Universe. No one knew what had killed the thousands of civilizations that had once roamed space across the billions of years since the origin point. Whatever it was, it was back, with a vengeance, destroying the intelligences that might challenge its hegemony of multi-dimensional space. It is up to a few humans, endowed with the very powers the creatures’ fear, to save sentient life in the Universe, and end the threat forever.
Lucille Yamamoto is a warrior, the captain of an Earth Navy battle-cruiser. Howard Turner is a wealthy scientist, physicist turned archeologist, trying to discover the secrets of the ancients. Hunsicker is the child of mercenaries, controlling powers she does not understand. Together the three are the only hope for the extant intelligences of the Universe. If they have the time to survive the learning curve and challenge the weavers of reality.
Humankind had a bright future among the stars. A dozen interstellar colonies thrive under the light of stars, while at home there has been peace between the contentious system governments for several decades. There is even the hope that faster than light travel may be on the horizon, and with it a more massive expansion of mankind to the stars.
That future is put in doubt by the signal received from the Tau Ceti colony. First contact, five enormous alien ships entering the system. It was something humanity had dreamed of for centuries. And it was a nightmare. The aliens are death worshippers whose for the extermination of all life in the Universe. The aliens leave the Tau Ceti system devoid of life and head for Sol. We know they are coming, and have years to build up the fleet. But will it be enough to defeat an enemy that plies the stars in eighty thousand cubic kilometers of warships, with technologies beyond ours? Or will the human race become just another species sent into the long night by the Hsszat?
The humans are not without their own technological advantages, and the war making wisdom of battling their own. Will it be enough?
Kestrel McMann had faced the Scorpion before. While a Ranger officer, Kestrel had bearded the terrorist in his lair in the deserts of Sudan. The Scorpion had escaped by uploading his mind to a computer network, leaving behind his corpse as a hollow trophy. McMann moved on to Homeland Security, working for a corrupt government, firm in his convictions that the people needed protection no matter who ruled.
The Scorpion is back. Cloning people who occupy high level positions and moving the bodies, under the control of his mind, to important targets, the Scorpion is striking back at the Great Satan. Targets of opportunity are hit, people are killed, and the nation once again trembles before the name of the Scorpion. It is up to Kestrel to once again stop the super terrorist, before he springs his final strike, and knocks Western Civilization back into the Stone Age.
What if you didn't believe in the afterlife promised by the religions of the world? What if science could give you guaranteed eternity? What would you do to keep it, if others try to take it away?
Gary Jeffers was a genius at electronics, and all of his money could not stop the cancer that was eating his life. Afterlife corporation promised him the chance to live, love and work for the rest of eternity. But his wife and his church are convinced that mind uploading is assisted suicide, and that Gary will condemn his soul to hell. Gary finds all he is looking for In the virtual world and more. All his dreams, all his fantasies, and a mind and memory like he had never imaginedBut the religions of the world stand against Afterlife, rallying around the fundamentalist President of the United States. It becomes a fight to the finish, the quantity of the real world versus the quality of Afterlife. Can the survive, to enhance the world with their knowledge and wisdom? Or will ignorance and superstition wipe the grand experiment from the face of the Earth?
When a perfectly fit scientist falls dead in a closed room of an apparent heart attack, Detective Lieutenant Gary Lariviere is called in to solve the case. Doctor Matheson has been working in the field of nanotechnology, a science that promises great advances, and the potential for great disaster. There are many who would see the scientist fail. Religious fanatics who see the potential for transformation of the human genome as a violation of God’s will. White supremacists angry that a black man of prominence is married to a white woman. International corporations that would like nothing better than to control the secret for themselves. Diamond smuggling crime syndicates with greed in their eyes at the prospect of making diamonds from the sand. And the graduate students who had lived in the shadow of the great man while their own accomplishments were ignored. Gary must navigate the undercurrents of the sunny Florida retirement city, trying to get at the truth. Obstacles are thrown in his way by powers both legal and illegal as he closes in on the secret. Until he runs into the full potential of the new technology, and the full terrors.
Doug Dandridge, the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Exodus: Empires at War series, started off writing short fiction
Presented here for the first time are 27 short tales of the future, written over a period of two decades.
Tales of space, of time travel, of terraforming worlds and interstellar travel. Of meeting new species and encountering the mistakes of the extinct races of old. Of great heroism and despicable villany. There's a little something for every lover of short science fiction.
Journey through the imagination of an author known for his creation of new worlds.