Memory of the Departed

“Breaking apart,” the anchorman stammered, trembling hand at his earpiece, “…confirmed reports… the largest shard on record has crashed down in the Indian Ocean. Tsunami warnings in effect.” He straightened his hurried necktie. Someone darted across the screen. “The situation has reached a tipping point. Power grids on Luna are crippled. Vessel traffic in the…

The End Of All Things

How To Read This Story In the year 4492 (JAD 8779.350), a young woman named Acacia Sokian received an inheritance from her great grandfather, Captain Nordlund Sokian, which had been held in trust for her until her one-hundred-and-first birthday. The inheritance included various personal artifacts in the form of digital documents and accounts of his…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 7

Keruso’s words reverberated, overlapping each other as he seemed to speak to each of them simultaneously, “Jared/Alethea, do not be afraid of the Steward. Don’t be afraid of the Titans. It is humans, we and our children who are fighting this war. And if we want to, we can end it now.” “Keruso! Where are…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 6

The Steward looked down silently from his glowing orb at the helpless mass of sailors below. Shots rang out, a flare was fired, but nothing seemed to faze him. With no vocal chords and no telepathic human to channel his words through, he just stared at them with cold black, pitiless eyes. Then, with a…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 5

A short time later, Keruso was regaining consciousness and beginning to shiver on the floor of the raft beside Alethia, who was now squirming constantly and whimpering like someone having a bad dream. His raft was now empty, except for the two of them. Rubbing his eyes and rising to look around, he noticed that…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 4

By the time the survivors of the USS Mako had realized the swirling whiteness above them wasn’t clouds, and that the craft coming toward them wasn’t a rescue plane, the Titan had already touched down in Alaska, China, and Australia simultaneously. Alien aircraft crisscrossed over their heads at lightning speeds. They were not engaged in…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 3

Unconscious for over twelve hours, Keruso finally awoke, only to spend three days drifting on the open ocean. Alethea was drifting in and out of consciousness, only able to take a few sips of water before fainting again into the borderlands between comatose and restless sleep. When Captain Foyle appeared on one of the other…

The Fractal Nexus – Chapter 2

That night Alethea and Keruso slept on pews in the empty chapel. They were guests on a fully loaded battleship, with no bunks available and no cots prepared for them while the crew were on high alert. They awoke to sirens and red lights flashing. Seamen ran passed the doorway as the two groaned to…

The Fractal Nexus: Intro-Chapter 1

Intro The first implants were discovered during an autopsy. He was a seven-year-old boy, who had died unexpectedly while playing with his brothers. He didn’t bump his head or break his neck. He just slipped into a seizure in mid-sentence and collapsed. The family was understandably devastated. The doctors, understandably perplexed. Two nodes were discovered…

The Hunt

In my Dad’s house there are many trophies and mounts. The oldest is a mount passed down from my great grandad, Howard. That’s my Dad’s, Dad’s, Dad. There are a pair of pheasants mounted to drift wood, frozen in the first moments of flight, along with a few ducks, similarly stuffed and nailed down to…

Two Daughters

This is a fictional story inspired by a true story. Names and other elements have been added or changed. Refer to the Gospel of Mark 5:21-43 for the true account. Talitha and Priscilla were pregnant together. But in all other respects they were set apart from each other. Talitha’s husband was a dishonorable man, who…

The End Of All Things (Preview)

The End Of All Things (Preview) Acacai had not seen her great grandfather Nordlund since he left, on her fifth birthday, when he gave her a model of his Neutron Ship, Reacher 5. It was the fifth generation of ships using Neutronautical technologies derived from the fabled Ephesian Engine which had been discovered at Earth’s…