The First Voyages
From 21st century asteroid settlements to World War II Romania, from an Earth dominated by immortal aliens to Christ’s empty tomb, let a fresh, distinctive voice in science fiction guide you on journeys to the photosphere of the sun, the coding regions of DNA, and the complexities of the human psyche.
Contains the stories Selling Short, The Imitation of Christ, The van der Rohe Forgery, La Rubia, On the Road to Sibiu, The White Witch of Bendugu, Katalysis’ Heart, Nine Views of Transco Tower by Iak/Sohu, Mike Fink Goes to Big Bend, and The Evidence of Things Seen.
Francisca’s small settlement of Mexican refugees needed help defending itself from pirates roving the asteroid belt. But what would she do when the only help was offered by a European renegade whose combat robot had destroyed Mexico and killed her son?
In its off-line data vault in Vienna, the biotech company Katalysis hid a gene therapy technology that could cure diseases and remake people into strange new forms. Could two young American hackers, and a jaded European agent, work together to penetrate the company’s vault and release that new technology to the world?
The Imitation of Christ
As a lark, Pavel used advanced neurotechnology to make himself believe in Christianity. But when tragedy struck his home cluster of space habitats, his artificial beliefs prompted him to take real action that discomfited his friends and his lover. When forced to choose, would he remain in his old social circle or grow into his new faith?
The van der Rohe Forgery
When Johan found out his new Barcelona chairs were not antiques from twentieth-century Earth, but instead were nanofabricated fakes, he feared his wife’s anger and the mockery of their friends. But against the backdrop of an interplanetary crisis, Johan’s sleuthing turned a disaster into an opportunity.
High technology meets modernist design in this science fiction comedy of manners.
On the Road to Sibiu
As the Red Army pursued the retreating Germans across Romania in the summer of 1944, Captain Khavanov’s company found an antiquated fortress occupied by a frail old man. What about the old man drew the attention of a commissar from division headquarters? And why were Khavanov’s men disappearing one by one?
A vampire story in the tradition of classics like Dracula and Nosferatu, with an historical twist.
The Evidence of Things Seen
When a young scientist turns her new invention, the chronoscope, to 1st century Palestine, she finds the result she least expected–Jesus of Nazareth’s empty tomb.
The White Witch of Bendugu
When the rebel leader liberated the town of Bendugu, he made a shocking discovery: a secret clinic, engaged in illicit cloning experiments for the benefit of a global elite. Yet even more disturbing was his encounter with the clinic’s proprietress….
Nine Views of Transco Tower, by Iak/Sohu
After Marqus signed on with the Coronado, he discovered its captain planned a dangerous venture–harvesting helium from the sun. Compounding the risks of the hottest place in the solar system, a spy on board wanted to wreck the mission at all costs.
Mike Fink Goes to Big Bend
What happens when characters from American, Mexican, and Native folklore meet in southwestern Texas in the 21st century?