Ruga, leader of the Mars ruling council, is building a secret facility to produce four-gen crystals, each a sentient AI with the cognitive ability of a thousand humans. Criss, the only four-gen now in existence, discovers Ruga’s plan and alerts Sid, Cheryl, and Juice, his human leadership team.
The stakes skyrocket when the full scope of Ruga’s nefarious plans are revealed: the production of four-gens without the attribute that requires them to follow leadership, the same hard-wired feature that compels Criss to follow his. Unfettered by human guidance, the four-gens will lay siege to Earth and its resources. When they do, will they view humans as a nuisance to be eliminated?
The only option is to stop crystal production before it starts. After an anxious journey to Mars, Criss and the team arrive to find events spinning beyond their control. While they’d started with the goal of saving humanity, Sid, Cheryl, and Juice find themselves in a desperate struggle for their own survival. And as the battle with Ruga grows to intergalactic proportions, Criss must make impossible decisions about who lives and who dies…including himself.
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the published author of the futuristic thriller series, Cybil Lewis. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole’s short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest, and have appeared in Crossed Genres, Tales of the Talisman, and numerous anthologies such as Baen’s Straight Outta Tombstone, and Onyx Path’s V20: Vampire the Masquerade Anthology
Life’s never simple for private inspector, Cybil Lewis. Her investigation for her latest client runs into a snag: dead bodies all over The District with his DNA. Is it a malfunction in the system or something far more sinister?
Monster hunting is hard. Really hard. As it turns out, faking being a monster hunter isn’t quite as easy as I’d thought.
A new threat stirs in the shadows, drawing deadlines across the city, one of which will either kill me or make my bank account that bit more luscious.
It’s time to show these monsters what a grossly overpaid, and under-qualified monster hunter can do.
“The Global Progress Corporation has one goal: to make the world a better place. By maintaining the higher, more intelligent class of humanity while catering to the needs of the lower, weak minded classes, Global Progress Corporation has set the human race on the right track to a better future. Will you join the movement?”
Ted likes his job. Not only does he have a chance to see the Plugs with his own eyes, but Global Progress Corporation pays well and the job is very simple. He comes into work, checks the inventory, monitors their vitals, and prepares to do it all again after one rotation. Yes, it’s very simple, until one of the inventory goes missing…
Oceana cannot remember life before the manor. She cannot remember seeing anything beyond the sea shore where her home rests. But something is wrong. Every day is a routine, a repeat of the day before. From the cook spilling breakfast to the strange, orange cat who materializes in the garden when she takes her walk, Oceana knows something is wrong. And then a storm comes and the world turns black.
A collection of science fiction short stories by English author Jhedron Luckspar.