Ben Sheets, Sales Coordinator for the software company Omnidyne, feels like he’s losing his mind. Ben sees all kinds of things going wrong in his office . . . no record of people he knew a few days before, the company HQ building seems to be rearranging itself, time and then even days are lost. Some of his friends and coworkers see this happening, too. But only some of them.
Ben’s reality is unraveling. But, what is his reality?
The workplace is anywhere. In a city that is everywhere. The reality is . . . they may very well be inside a virtual simulation. And that simulation is falling apart. Something terrible is happening to it, somewhere, out there where the servers are. And somebody, somewhere is trying to save them from dying. Ben and his friends are running out of time. Will they be gone before they figure out who and where they are? And if they are in a simulation, can they escape and find out who they really are?
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There has been a terrible accident.
Rock musician Jake Smith has crashed his Harley Sportster. Though he couldn’t have survived, he wakes up in a Detroit hospital, mangled but alive. As soon as he’s released, his punk-rocker friends all gather at his decrepit colonial house and welcome him back from the crash as if nothing is wrong. But gradually Jake discovers . . .
Something is very wrong.
He has woken up in world that has completely unraveled. Soon Jake begins to wonder if he actually belongs in it. Though he’s making good progress working on a piece of music, and seems to be healing (unusually) quickly from his accident . . . it seems the rest of the world has been abandoned by reality and left him in its shadow.
There are forces in this world that want to help him. His best friend Henry Naraka appears to be a driving force of reason. And Jake falls in love with Grace Smith, a reporter for the local paper who is using a pseudonym. Jake may have found the salvation he desperately needed in this beautiful, smart spirit.
Unfortunately, one of his good friends - the manic and charismatic Billy Zebule - is not what he appears to be, but turns out to be who we expected all along . . . hope you can guess his name.
And is all hope lost for Jake?
Or is it time for him to finally move on, too?
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If the human race had a chance to start over, could we do it? If we were forced to start over on another planet, what good things about ourselves would we chose to take with us, and what bad things about ourselves would we choose to leave behind? Will we fix our karma on a new world? Or bring all the baggage with us?
In the science fiction TV pilot Beta Patrol, humanity has to start over on a new planet that has two suns. But we’re not doing this alone, we share the planet with two other humanoids - the rational reptilian Anakana, and the more human-looking but berserk Ringlareth. How is this going?
Find out by joining United Species Task Force Police officers Lou Farro, Jon Kubwa, Segovia Martinez and Yejin Mai as they drive all night in their Task Force Cruisers under the small white sun, Sirius B. This is Beta Patrol, where things certainly can go wrong. And they go wrong with certainty. But it’s how they solve crime, and how they behave in the worst situations, and their relationship with the other humanoids on the planet that becomes the clear indication of who we really are.
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A consortium of planets sends a philosopher and an interstellar crew to Earth.
Upon coming close to their destination, they find the planet is protected by something left behind from Earth’s original ancient inhabitants - a charge that sends the crew’s transdimensional ship out of time. Their ship crash-lands on Earth, but a long time ago. And as they nearly get it going again, they fail to account for everything in the temporal disruption: there is a terrible accident. The crew is separated and scattered through time.
This is the story of how they find each other again and make sense of a civilization that confounds them.
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Jim never amounted to much in his life. He was the first to admit that. He grew up poor in an upstate New York town. He didn’t know who his father was, and his mother died when he was young. Jim turned to drugs for release from this world, and it worked, that’s what killed him. Heroin needle-inflicted AIDS was the door out. Though this transition was painfully slow. But he suspected no less an end for his short, squandered life. Jim had come to the conclusion early on that he always got what he deserved.
And he was right. In his death, he gets what he deserves.
As Jim moves across into the next world, he gets the chance to fix what was broken in his life. With the help of a Shaman named Owa’etga Sega’ hedus (Marvelous Attention Span / Marv) and in an adventure that covers the entire Earth from Iroquois forests to Mediterranean islands, from the Kansas Prairie to Alpine mountains, and finally from a ghost of New York City to a ship on an endless sea, Jim becomes the person he always should have been.
In the heat and heart of New Orleans, a young Lakota/Sioux Jesuit named Lee Wakinyan discovers he has gained a deep spiritual power from his mix of Christianity-the religion he has chosen-and traditional Lakota Shamanism-the religion in his bones.
Something wants this power . . . a foul-mouthed, soul-stealing punker-looking demon named Kobalparvus. When he crosses paths with Lee, Kob discovers the Jesuit shaman is the only person alive that can see what the demon really is.
When Jesuit priests are horribly murdered at his Novitiate in Kob's botched attempt to get at Lee's soul, Lee flees for home - the reservation at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. (Something he swore he'd never do.) There he teams up with his father, Sam Nightdog, a Lakota shaman who's maintained Lee was a wishasha wakan - a real shaman - all along. Lee's hell-raiser brother, Ray, is brought into the spiritual fold, too. Though he's a lot of trouble, they need him.
Kob tracks them all down. But the only souls of Wakinyan family that Kob can get are the easiest to take . . . unborn twins of Lee's twin sister.
This, of course, is an act of war on the Wakinyan. Using the ancient Lakota Yuwipi ceremony and an ailing Ford Thunderbird, the father and sons become a holy-man trinity taking their chase all the way into Hell to seek revenge on Kob, get their family back, and carry out a plan that greater powers seem to have chosen them for-exorcise this demon so he will die. And boy, does Kob die.
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The story depicts a world that we think we know, but only our band is brave enough and boneheaded enough to really get us there.
It's a drama with a comic, surrealistic edge, and each member of the band shines as a full, engaging character. When it all finally blows up, the true test becomes how a musician answers to his muse.
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