Friday, March 12, 2021

 Spy Station is FREE on Kindle NOW until Monday 3/15! Intense espionage drama as the Forlani heroines Entara and Ayan'we battle murderers, secret agents, and kidnappers at remote Transfer Varess in order to stave off an interplanetary holocaust! Don't wait, click now.

Sunday, February 28, 2021


Thanks to all the Fans and Readers
Who helped make the Life Sentence Promotion a Success

Stay tuned for information

About the upcoming promotion for Spy Station

Friday, February 26, 2021


 It's here! Immunization special: FREE on Kindle Thurs. 2/24-Sat. 2/26. Thrilling galactic action in Life Sentence. Willie Klein didn't want to lead a violent life, but a lot of people (some human, some not) gave him no choice. Find out why now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 Inauguration Special-- outstanding adventure stories for free on Kindle-- Jan 20-21 Only! Hawkeye's first pursuit, priests and pirates in the Caribbean, desperate WWII naval action, creation as an experiment, and more.

Beyond the Covenant

Saturday, December 19, 2020


from the Forlani Universe

May the light of uncounted stars

Bring peace to you and your loved ones

Whatever lifeform you may be


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Free Holiday Science Fiction Ebook Promotion

Thrilling danger and mystery in outer space. Forlani females Entara and Ayan'we fight thieves, kidnappers and murderers trying to start an interstellar war. 5-star espionage with your favorite marsupial ladies and a host of androgenous, reptilian, amphibian, robotic, and even unscrupulously human conspirators. Go to:
Spy Station (Forlani Saga Book 2)


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Plagues and Sci Fi

     Perhaps the oldest pestilence in science fiction does not do any harm to humans, but it wrecks havoc on aliens.  In H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, Martian invaders and their tripod machines have easily defeated all Earth's armies, when they fall victim to the simplest organisms on our planet -- they are conquered by the common cold.  Wells's  implicit message is that there is a divine providence in ecology.  It is when humans in their hubris start to tamper with this ecology that they usually begin to run into trouble.  It is no coincidence that such concerns emerged in earnest in the late 60's in the wake of Rachel Carson's The Silent Spring and the great outbreak of ecological studies and legislation.  At first the scientific mistakes are not a direct result of genetic engineering or the conscious development of bioweapons.  Michael Crichton's 1969 novel The Andromeda Strain revolves around the importation of alien DNA into the Earth's atmosphere by a returning space satellite.  Even so, humanity had already taken steps in that direction by developing a super-secure underground facility for dealing with rogue organisms.  This is hardly surprising, since militaries had used plague germs against enemies at least since the Middle Ages, catapulting diseased animals into besieged towns.  More recently, World War II saw bioweapons used by the Japanese in China and, reportedly, by the Russians at Stalingrad.  Some even claim that the USA used anthrax against the Communists in Cuba during the 1960's.  Some credence is lent to this rumor by the revelation that Dr. Bruce Ivins, a scientist working with infectious materials at a government instalation in Maryland, was suspected by the FBI of sending anthrax-laced letters to various personalities in the period after 9/11.  More recently, rumors accused China of developing the Covid germ at a secret test facility.  The first vaccine against Covid, Sputnik-V, was developed by Russian scientists who, already fearful of a coronavirus attack, had already begun extensive research to counter it.  Many major powers already maintain facilities for research into germ warfare, even as their governments stridently deny any intent to ever use such a thing themselves.  

     The movie Children of Men (2006, based on a 1992 novel by P. D. James) examined the possibility of a plague sweeping the planet which caused infertility in the population.   In the years since that novel, a spate of stories and novels have incorporated the threat of pandemics into their plots.  The tragic events of 2020 and the unco-ordinated efforts by individuals and governments to deal with them will undoubtedly cause that number to grow.  However, so far Covid has shown itself to be a deadly but rather fickle disease that lacks the features necessary to spread death at a decimating rate, let alone one that would cause fatalities along the lines of the Black Death.  The possible effects of an optimal power plague still remain, we hope and pray, within the realm of science fiction.

     In our Forlani Saga novels, we postulated the spread of a deadly plague among humans from the outset.  Life Sentence mentions the ravages of a disease that appears shortly after Willie Klein is exiled from Earth to the Domremy corporate colony.  The convict colonists, cut off from most news of their native world, learn gradually of the expansion of this plague.  Their co-inhabitants, the Religious Dissenters, have already departed Earth because they consider it a fundamentally fallen planet, so they are compassionate but not surprised of the dire condition of their species.  

     Between the time Klein clandestinely leaves Domremy to come to the aid of Entara's family on Forlan (after which he spends hard years as an endentured worker on Song Pai) and his eventual return, the plague has obviously proceeded to wipe out over 90% of the population of Earth.  Klein learns some of the bitter facts from his Iranian refugee friend, Barber John, who has seen the horrors first hand before being sentenced to the penal colony.  

     More references to the plague occur in the second volume of the series, Spy Station.  It is through communications from Klein's human daughter Amanda that Entara's now-grownup daughter Ayan'we learns more about the pandemic.  Amanda and her mother have returned from life on the space stations to help with recovery efforts.  She tells Ayan'we that she has used her medical training (formerly put to use in Klein's recovery from near death) to join teams in Greenland, the site of one of many Exclusion Zones, while her mother Helga Pederson plunged into the front lines of decontamination work in northern Canada.  On Earth, other island and isolated areas desperately attempted to save a healthy fraction of the species.  For its part, the nefarious Hyperion Corporation retreated into a zone in the Rocky Mountains, but still intends to reassert its control over the entire globe.  None of these survival initiatives would have succeeded without help from benevolent aliens, especially the mysterious Blynthians.  That uncanny and secluded race not only ferried vast amounts of supplies to the survivors, but somewhow managed to transport a large hollow moon through interstellar space to Tau Ceti, where it serves as a giant refugee facility to over a million human beings, like a Moria migrant center of the future.  

     The third novel in the pentalogy, Earth Regained, will focus on the activities of Ayan'we, Amanda, Helga, a pair of robot doctors from Spy Station, the amphibian Fatty who had befriended Klein on Song Pai, and other existing and new characters as they deal with the many dangers still threatening doom to the human home world.  The technical details of decontamination, organized by the Robotic Guild, are only a minor problem, compared to the violent social problems incited by the Plague.  These go from existing criminality gone wild in chaos to unforeseen elements like mutants and re-engineered post-humans.  In any event, Earth will no longer be a planet where humans are unchallenged and exclusive as the alpha organisms.

     One of the ongoing themes of the Forlani Saga is that all life forms, and especially humans, can have difficulties dealing with change.  And in these novels, change can take place on a worldwide scale, from terraforming to conquest to almost instantaneous extinction.  Solutions depend on a lot more than a flash of laser weapons or a few explosions and most often call for incredible forms of cooperation among seemingly incompatible creatures.  Plagues themselves, after all, are in the final analysis no more than another form of creatures both incompatible and all too compatible with us.  We who are used to treating fellow creatures as meat on the hoof are precisely a fine form of meat for plague organisms.  Even as we proliferate, we are loading the dinner tables of the microbes.  Our success as an interstellar species may well depend on developing a long-distance understanding of these phenomena, becoming more like the inscrutable Blynthians in our view of the universe.