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Seph – The Reflection of Divinity
Seph – The Reflection of Divinity
Cover draft by Michael Brewster
Three thousand years ago the three races of Vinge, Human, Dak’or, and Fingalin, fled into space at the destruction of their planet. Now The Alliance between the three governments is at its breaking point. Between racial tensions caused by the elitist and wealthy Fingal trying to claim a divine right to rule, a deadly new quarantine-resistant plague that is sweeping through the primarily Drak’or outer colonies, and lack of funding and success in terraforming efforts, the treaty seems to be at an end. As people begin to turn to religion to save them, The Descendents, a powerful religious sect worshiping the Goddess Vyanna, readily fill the void.
Now the crew of a small mercenary vessel, captained by a man calling himself the devil, are on a relief mission to replace equipment for Deep Space Initiative Station 3122’s failed life support. Lieutenant Commander James Aiunys, the newest member, and tactical officer of the legendary crew is shocked when they are unexpectedly pulled out of hyperspace, and informed that the quarantine zone has been expanded to include the station. The mysterious Drak’or captain is undeterred. In a feat that seems more like magic than science, he turns the battle on its head, defeating one of the most powerful warships in the galaxy, leaving it paralyzed in space.
Upon their arrival however, the station is not what they had expected. The crew becomes concerned when they discover the station empty, an eerie resemblance to another station they had visited at the bequest of strange women with silver hair who smelled of apple blossoms.
When the power core fails during their investigation, The Captain is once again forced to do the impossible, leaving James with more questions than answers. With the government collapsing into chaos, the crew of The Shade find themselves on the run, caught in the middle of a sinister plot that will change the galaxy forever.
But there are darker shadows than the machinations of mortals lurking in the far corners of civilization. Brought face to face with their own humanity in a conflict older than the concepts of good and evil. They are forced to question everything they understood about themselves, religion, and even the very fabric of reality.
perspectives on nothing
What if social media evolved to the point where it could perfectly predict everything about your life? Knowing what you want even before you do? In a world where a complex algorithm tracks data on citizens in order to ensure order and harmony in peoples lives. Sam finds herself about to graduate from high school anxious to see what the program will decide for her future. Can a program that knows everything about you really be trusted with such important decisions?
As she begins her studies in her assigned field Sam learns that not everyone is satisfied with the algorithms performance. But in a world where everything is recorded, is it possible to hide from the computer?
Chaos erupts as dissenters begin organizing terrorist attacks against the government in an effort to regain the freedom they perceive they have lost. Meanwhile Sam tries desperately to hold onto the life she has built, and the future she was promised.
On the work bench
The Book of Atl
The book of Atl follows the life of a fourteen year old Aztec girl who was chosen to be the avatar for the goddess Xochiquetzal, and eventually her sacrifice. Life as a goddess is not what she expected. On the day of her ascension Atl finds herself ripped from her own body, unable to interact with the world, or communicate with anyone except for the creature who has stolen her identity.
As Atl learns to explore the world through new eyes she finds herself contemplating the meaning of the universe, and the concepts of life and death suddenly feel entirely more important then they had before.
After discovering the spirit of a young boy wandering around the village, and meeting a group of deceased warriors Atl gains a better understanding of the spirit world, and learns to control her new body. Accepting her fate, she returns home to be close to her family and be as helpful as a ghost can be around the house.
But it isn’t easy being dead, and even less so when you’re only half dead. Atl finds herself drifting more and more between the world of mortals, and the ether, the eternal dreamscape of lost souls.
Just when she is about to lose hope a strange man comes to the village and begins to teach things she has never heard before. Things get even weirder when she learns that the man has the ability to not only see her, but also to speak with her.
Maybe there is more waiting for her then eternal loneliness and dreams. Can she really learn to accept herself? Dive in to an immersive tale of personal growth, love, loss, and forgiveness. As Atl struggles to come to terms with her own decisions and the consequences of her choices.
Calder wakes up in a barren waste land, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. A man with a satin voice appears before him to tell him he is dead. He then explains that if Calder wants to avoid getting caught up in the massive storm devouring the horizon he will have to run. The catch being, you can only ever run in one direction.
Caught in a world hat can only be described as Hell Calder finds himself caught up in the complex society of a world where the only means of survival is to run. And if you don’t you will be swallowed by the storm only to wake up again and repeat the process the next day.
But some people have learned to beat the system, building cities that can protect them from the daily disaster. But if you want to communicate with anyone from another town. you have to run the road.
Searching for answers Calder joins the runners delivering messages between communities. But the man with the satin voice is not satisfied with things as they are. and when Calder gets to close to discovering the truth the rules begin to change.