Jane Tesh, a retired media specialist, lives in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Mystery series featuring ... Read full author bio >
"A frothy and stirring tale that blends music, magic, and romance."
Rosalie Morales Kearns is a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent. Her 2017 novel KINGDOM OF WOMEN, which tells the story of a female Roman Catholic priest against ... Read full author bio >
"Kearns writes in a precise prose…, delivering sharp images and observant barbs…. The novel’s daring critique of today’s patriarchy never feels didactic or forced.… A bold, politically minded tale with a spiritual soul."
Selene dePackh is a multiply-disabled graphic designer, diagnosed as autistic late in life. She’s recently turned to writing to help navigate an increasingly treacherous social undertow bending toward eugenics ... Read full author bio >
S. A. Chapman, an Australian fantasy/science-fiction author, spent his childhood surrounded by old religious and historical texts, occult books, language books, D&D and other curiosities - sparking an interest ... Read full author bio >
"A world brimming with dynamic characters and a complex saga that’s only just beginning."
Born in 1980 and raised in Johnstown, PA, Jason Hubbard started writing a still-unfinished novel at 14 years of age. After moving to Las Vegas in 2000, he started writing ... Read full author bio >
"[T]he author concentrates mainly on his story’s human element, and as such, his characters are well-developed ... The impressively expansive plot includes men and women being conscripted into the king’s army and an intriguing, somewhat familiar religion featuring Micah, the son of God ... A lengthy but thoroughly captivating tale and a commendable series launch."
Derek John Lilly was born in the UK in 1963 and was raised in Plymouth, England.
He is a fully trained and apprenticed mechanical/marine engineer. He is also an ... Read full author bio >
"“Can machines think?”
Cambridge educated mathematician Alan Turing posed the question “Can machines think?” in his 1950 paper, ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’. He invented what is now known as the ‘Turing Test’, to ascertain if a machine is intelligent.
John McCarthy coined the term ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI). His life’s work was to help others understand what AI actually meant.
Others followed with seminal inventions such as Frank Rosenblatt’s artificial neural networks and John Holland’s genetic algorithms.
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Little did these great men know at the time, the profound effect AI would have on mankind in the near future.
Mankind had a storm coming, a biblical sized cosmic event that would change the world forever.
Lukas Linsky is a genius who dreams of becoming an astrophysicist. He was born to accomplished parents Flo, a doctor of genetics, and Marcus, who in 2017 founded the CIA-backed Android AI. Lukas starts building the Linsky Observatory in New Zealand, completed by 2032. It’s in New Zealand where Lukas spots a “bolt of bright orange plasma light” moving with purpose and obviously not a natural occurrence. The sphere seems to have originated from an Earth-like exoplanet, Kepler-452b. Noting that Kepler-452b is lacking in a particular resource that’s more abundant on Earth, Lukas surmises an alien species may be intent on taking the treasure in a likely unfriendly manner. Further decryption of the sphere’s code reveals that the aliens may be wary of the Mk2s and have a plan involving the androids.
Lilly’s engaging tale, despite Lukas’ first-person voice, reads like a history book. The protagonist generally relays events as they unfold, which is fitting for a scientist. But he’s not merely a cold observer; the author skillfully provides insights into his character. Still, his relationships to friends and family are sturdy enough that, when death ultimately rears its ugly head, there’s an unmistakable impact. Lilly deftly retains suspense by way of the aliens’ anticipated actions.
'An entertaining yarn that delivers a curious mix of science and sci-fi'.—Kirkus Reviews"
Award-winning author Laurel McHargue, a 1983 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, was raised in Braintree, Massachusetts, but somehow found her way to the breathtaking elevation ... Read full author bio >
"McHargue (“Miss?”, 2013) taps into dreamscapes with their myth/dream logic very effectively in this entertaining novel."
Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3 ... Read full author bio >
Stephanie hails from the Victorian mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she lives at 10,152 feet with her husband, five chickens, two bantam English game hens and one Cavalier ... Read full author bio >
"Cool alternative-history yarn of yester-century Nippon, a promising steampunk-energized start."
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