MASTERLIST: Paradigm Shift part 2

Title: Paradigm Shift 2
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: ParaShift // State Rule
Genre: sci-fi. AU. mm. slash. Thirds. A/B/O.

  • CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: 01. 02. 03. 04. 05.
  • CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO:

ParaShift2: Interlude + 01

Where to find Chapters 1-20? They’ve been published in book form as “Paradigm Shift” by Harper Kingsley.

Available at Amazon as kindle and paperback, and everywhere else (Smashwords, Walmart, Overdrive, Scribd) as ebook.

If you buy a copy, your money goes toward keeping me alive. So thanks for that.

Enjoy…

INTERLUDE

“Readings are holding steady, Dr. Fowler. We’re ready to begin the test.”

Egan pushed his glasses up his nose and gave the young astrophysicist a tired smile. “Well then, we shouldn’t keep them waiting much longer, should we?” He stood and picked the tablet computer off his desk. His back made an unpleasant popping and cracking sound when he twisted his shoulders, and he sighed at the relief of tension. They’d all been cooped up in the lab for too long. He hadn’t directly seen the sun in over two weeks.

The base had been cut out of the side of a mountain and was reached through a 10-mile-long tunnel bored through the rock. Since the beginning of the Janus Project, nobody had been allowed in or out of the mountain and wouldn’t be until the experiment was complete. They were all beginning to feel a bit of cabin fever, though none of his scientists would ever sacrifice such an amazing opportunity by asking to leave early.

He made a mental note to have the infirmary hand out extra vitamin supplements. The last thing they needed was to have someone suffer a meltdown when everyone was in such close quarters. He still remembered the drama of the Antarctica expedition, when Carruthers put everyone on edge with his Hannibal obsession and 10-hour marathon of cannibal movies. Nobody had slept comfortably around him after that.

Striding purposefully toward the heavily armored test chamber, Egan forced the last tiredness from his mind and put his game face on. This was to be their fourth test of the machine and with the additional scanners there was hope they were going to collect some useful results.

With the amount of money the government had poured into their project, they needed some conclusive results. They’d been pulling all-nighters to make it happen. And now he was about to see the culmination of their hard work.

Entering the observation room overlooking Testing Chamber Alpha, Egan nodded greetings to his colleagues. Other than Dr. Olga Olemsky–who always appeared well put together–they looked as exhausted and exhilarated as he felt.

They were making history here. Their names would appear in the books as the first people to contact another universe. They were all excited to know what was out there.

Egan seated himself at his workstation and nodded toward Dr. Therese Yang to get things started. They were working on a precise timeline of activating the machine every 48-hours for steadily increasing increments.

Last time they’d kept the machine on for 5 seconds. This time they were breaking double-digits and were aiming for 10 seconds.

The military had been very hush-hush about the provenance of the machine and Egan hadn’t been willing to lose this research opportunity by asking questions.

He’d wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up. He’d wanted to explore alien worlds and travel across the stars mapping new galaxies. But one bad weekend… One exposure… And his spaceman dreams died when he was 22-years old.

There was a big black stripe across the bottom of his every record and piece of identification. He was a member of a dangerous minority, his very potent blood something both feared and coveted by the humans around him. It was a wonder he’d been invited to join Project Janus, much less as a supervisor. If his stripe had been red, he wouldn’t have been allowed within a thousand feet of this place.

“We’re ready,” Dr. Shandri Tadum announced. Her finger hovered over her mouse button. “On your mark, Dr. Fowler.”

Egan glanced at the digital display on the wall counting down. 22. 21. 20. 19…

He licked his lips and wished he’d taken a drink of water. He didn’t want the historical records to include his voice croaking and fading out because of a dry throat.

He swallowed. 12. 11. “Ten. Nine. Eight.” So dry. Here was this amazing moment and his tongue felt like a dry towel in his mouth. “Seven. Six. Five. Four.” Here we go. “Three. Two. Mark.”

Shandri clicked her mouse. In Testing Chamber Alpha, the machine was activated by the AI-driven waldos attached to the walls.

There was a mechanical hum that started in the air and vibrated against every surface, flat or curved. Fu-fu-fff-fuuff. It built and built, until even protected within the observation room, Egan could feel it in his bones. He had to consciously unclench his jaw as his teeth tried to rattle in his head.

The hum built and built until something had to give.

CRACK!

The air itself split open and light shot out in strings of white and blue, so bright only the protective glass kept Egan’s team from being permanently blinded. More and more stings, crisscrossing and weaving an ovaloid of solid light that began to twist and spin faster and faster until heat built and became energy for the machine to create a stable portal.

There was a POP! and the air in Testing Chamber Alpha rushed into the suddenly open hole in spacetime.

12 feet across by 12 feet high, the opening was mere inches in front of its power source, but that square of inky blackness swallowed all light. The chambe became shadowed and dim, the emergency lights struggling to compensate.

“Okay,” Egan said, then cleared his throat before continuing. “Okay. Make sure those sequencers keep running.” They’d begun hardening all electronics after the second portal opening had rendered their very expensive machinery into so-much garbage. The three-star general in charge of their budget hadn’t been amused.

“Frequencies are stabilizing,” Dr. Amador Ortiz announced. He was the youngest PhD in the room, and even through the mask of professionalism his excitement shone. His fingers were steady and quick on his keyboard as he controlled the machine’s energy output. “Ready for destination code.”

Egan eyed the black void that was the active-yet-unopened portal and took a shaky breath. Here’s one for the history books. “Do it.”

Amador did it.

The portal opened like some kind of eye of Sauron, a sideways slit of roiling blue-white fire that was also a trail of stars journeyed so quickly as to be a blur.

If Egan squinted, he almost thought he could catch lines of demarcation, though they came and went so fast he couldn’t decide the shape of anything.

To stare too long was to invite nausea, but he couldn’t force himself to look away. He heard one or two of his colleagues gag quietly, but he didn’t have the attention to spare them more than a “Don’t puke on the equipment.”

The “eye” of the portal steadied and locked on the programmed destination and began to expand. It was like gazing into water: white edged blue darkened bluer and bluer until the portal was a rich azure. It was like a floating gem, beautiful yet frightening. It was so many things.

Egan was terrified, though he wasn’t sure if it was fear of failure or fear of what lay beyond the portal. All he wanted was to know.

“Signal is locked,” Amador announced. “Focusing on tightening the beam.”

Egan glanced at the wall monitors to verify the stability of the power source. It was spinning effortlessly in the air behind the portal. Two cameras caught a view of the space in-between, where blazing light touched the swallowing darkness and disappeared into it.

“How’s the power flow looking?” he asked.

“Steady,” Olga answered. “That last upgrade got rid of that hum we’ve been fighting. It’s green across the boards. The last warning light is gone.”

“Good,” Egan said. They’d been fighting that ghost hum with no clear answers until Glasser had come up with the idea of using a diamond lens for the anterior particle accelerator module.

He would have loved to see this, Egan thought, before brushing aside the wistfulness of his now-dead friend. The testing chamber had failed two Turn Ons ago; Leo Glasser had been atomized. He was gone-gone.

The only thing Glasser had left behind was his name for the history books. It was up to Egan to make sure those books got published.

“Open the gate,” he ordered.

“Opening.”

The bone-deep vibrations were raising the hairs on his arms. He could feel the oddness in his bladder and he clenched to keep from urinating. He could feel it in his teeth, every filling letting itself be known. A taste was building on his tongue, a copper sweetness that grew and grew until it was a struggle to breathe past it.

With a snap-CRACK! the gate opened. Using the portal–the invisible “glass” through which they peered into that other world–as a focus lens, they now punched a hole through the fabric of reality. On the other side, there were mysteries unplundered. But for now, they were only going to take a little sample. Hopefully the first of many.

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

The morning dawned bright and clear. Gregor Tierney squinted and burrowed under the bedclothes until only a tuft of dark hair poked out. He frowned when his questing hand found a cold spot where Park had been sleeping.

Should I get up and look for him? he thought, already knowing the answer. Nope. He’s a big boy. He can take care of himself.

Magister Dylan Park was a well-trained killing machine. Given his rank, he was more than capable of handling himself in any given situation.

A well-satisfied Gregor was not going to borrow worry. Not least because the bed was comfortable and warm and seemed to perfectly enclose his body in all the right ways.

TBC…

PROMPT: Man o’ war

The Portuguese man o’ war is a fascinating organism.

From Wikipedia: “The Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the Man-of-war, bluebottle, or floating terror, is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o’ war is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids. These zooids are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are incapable of independent survival.”

But what really caught my attention was this line in the “Predators and prey” section of the article: “The blanket octopus is immune to the venom of the Portuguese man o’ war; young individuals carry broken man o’ war tentacles, presumably for offensive and/or defensive purposes.”

And that’s where this Prompt comes from. The idea that an alien race might use biological weaponry to go against human technology.

I imagine a human ship meeting an alien race with chitinous armor covered with luminescent circles and stripes. One touch incapacitates, and the human crew is quickly overcome. They are taken back to the alien ship where they are examined and dissected by the curious aliens that communicate via pheromones and don’t recognize human speech as a language.

As a result of that first disastrous meeting, humans attack the alien ship. It becomes a catastrophe when the aliens respond to the loss of their scout ship by sending in the Armada (swarms of ship able to change color and block all radiation, rippling to match the space around them, seeming to disappear). Every meeting between humans and the aliens result in the humans losing, either when their ships are destroyed or when the boarding parties meet and every brush against the alien armor “shield technology” results in agonizing pain and death.

Human scientists focus on a technological reason for the aliens’ offensive/defensive capabilities. It takes a while for the biologists to step in, and that only after one of the aliens is killed and its body is brought back for examination. (A fast-ship bringing precious cargo back to the premiere science station. The alien body is stored in a foam-filled container as the armor continues to react to anything coming into contact with it.) It’s then that humans find out that everything the aliens use, from armor to ships to their “pulse” weapons, is organic in nature. They have been modifying living creatures for their own use.

By that time, the aliens see humans as weak prey. With their living ships, they come into Earth Space. Humanity must fight or die…

A. Antlike colonies expanding territory.
B. Beginning in the sea to grow on alien shores.
C. One mind, many bodies, all of them focused on destroying the human threat.
D. The aliens conquer Earth colonies that turn to guerilla warfare to fight back.
E. The space marines are called in to battle the Armada.

Book Cover: Allies & Enemies, by Harper Kingsley #DarkstarxBlueIce

Allies & EnemiesTitle: Allies & Enemies
Author: Harper Kingsley
Series: Heroes & Villains, book 2
Genre: superhero, sci-fi, mm
Cover Art: Aisha Akeju
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2014

Picks up where Heroes & Villains left off. Continues the story of Vereint and Warrick.

Darkstar x Blue Ice.

Series:
Black Friday [short] Book 0.1
Starburst [short] Book 0.2
Heroes & Villains [novel] Book 1.
Allies & Enemies [novel] Book 2.
Psychotic [short] Book 2.1
All That Remains (forthcoming) [novel] Book 3.

RE BOOK: Forbidden Future [time travel anthology]

Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology

Title: Forbidden Future
Author: James Wymore, Jon Bradbury, Michael Trimmer, James Lauren, Kade Anderson, Terra Harmony, Matt Mitrovich
Publisher: The Masquerade Crew
Genre: sci-fi, time travel, anthology

Find it at: Goodreads, Amazon.

Blurb: “What becomes of mankind in the future? Is life better or worse?”

SOCIETY – Terra Harmony Website, Facebook, Twitter
“Take a ride on the Energy of the Future where society gets a fresh, clean start—no matter who they have to leave behind.” A man from the past enters a hellish future at a time when the Earth is on the brink of destruction.

EXCERPT: I choke on the thick, acrid atmosphere, resisting the urge to gag. Before I even open my eyes, I hear shouting. The voices grow louder as a group of people nears.

“How did he get over the fence?”

“Doesn’t matter — he’s here now. Scan him.”

My eyelids are heavy and crusted over.

“Pigmentation is right, check his blood.”

A sharp prick in my arm, then a machine beeps. “White cell count is low, but meets the threshold.”

BETWEEN UTOPIAS – Michael Trimmer
“After being saved from a fatal heart attack by being transported to the future, David must choose from two opposite utopias.” A modern man gets snatched up to a future that’s supposed to be utopian.

EXCERPT: It wasn’t just the bombs now. The ground shook. The sky brightened. The near-transparent dome of the shield flexed and rippled. It was the bombers themselves, the ones the anti-air sites only clipped. Civilians ran. Debris fell. Soldiers and vehicles waited for orders. With damaged planes, bombs might not drop, but the bombers sure did. Fuselage, fuel tank and all. Smack-bang into the base’s energy shield, complete with payload inside.

FORBIDDEN FUTURE – James Wymore Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
“When a time machine technician working the graveyard shift gets divorce papers from his wife, he decides it’s time to take the machine for a ride — no matter the consequences.” As though a screw was going to stop him from seeing the future.

EXCERPT: O’Brien shoved his hands deep into the pockets of his white lab coat, crossing his arms over his beer gut to gain a little more protection from the stinging rain, which threatened to freeze his extremities. The early dark of a winter evening leeched the joy out of walking from the bus station. When he finally reached the large glass doors of the Institute, he stomped his shoes on the mat to dislodge some of their collected slush.

JUMP – Jon Bradbury Website, Facebook, Twitter
“Jesse Kendall thinks he’s seen it all. He’s about to see more.” A man signs up for an experiment that is more than he expected.

EXCERPT: “Baby?”

Violet’s voice sounded far away, even though her face loomed just a few inches in front of mine. Her slightly parted lips poised in a faint smile, and her brown eyes sparkled mischievously.

Her face grew tentative. “Jesse?”

I came back down to earth with a metaphorical crash. “Sorry, what?”

Violet’s face regained its delicate appeal. “The priest said you need to put the ring on.”

ROAD TRIP – Matt Mitrovitch Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
“Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.” A stop for $10 a gallon gas leaves a group of kids wondering what the heck is happening.

EXCERPT: “Are we there yet?” Stacey nagged once more.

“Cute,” said Steve. He snapped his fingers against the turn signal as he merged onto the I-55 South. “Three more hours of that and I’m going to drive this car into a tree.”

Stacey giggled in the passenger seat and tapped on the dashboard while eyeing her tall and lanky friend. She combed her black, short hair to the side and pulled her hoodie over her head as she tried to determine just how serious Steve was. “You wouldn’t do it. You love this old piece of junk too much.”

CACOTOPIA – James Lauren
“Kayne Adamson went into suspension to await a cure, but never imagined how long his sleep would last or the world he would awaken into. Is it really the utopia it first appears to be?” One society’s paradise is one man’s misery.

EXCERPT: His eyes opened with painful slowness only to be met by a deep blackness devoid of even a hint of light. The cold bitter air that stung his eyeballs smelled stale, damp, and lifeless. The tingling ends of his nerves made him aware of laying on an ice-cold surface, uncomfortable and unyielding.

He attempted to lift his head but could manage only the slightest of movements. Even if he did manage it, what could he hope to see in this all-encompassing blackness? Worry, magnified by the lack of any kind of visual stimuli, began to gnaw at his mind as it threatened to turn it into panic. Something had gone wrong with the hibernation process. He should be asleep by now, a hair’s breadth from death itself. Or maybe he had gone too far? Had the tumour won and he lay in the afterlife?

THE MOUNTAINS HAVEN’T – Kade Anderson Website, Twitter
“Something is very wrong in the downtrodden town of Dignity and only the town’s Watcher, Julia, can see what it is.” Her job is to watch and record, but she’s growing suspicious that something more is happening.

EXCERPT: Julia: Day 1
The mountains haven’t always been there. The Elders will tell you otherwise, but it’s the truth. I’ve never known a time without them, but I know the story all the same. One morning, the town woke up and there they were— purple shining majesties, or whatever that song lyric is. I never did pay much attention in music class. Music is boring when you’re tone-deaf.

I like the mountains. They’re far enough away to not be threatening, but close enough to break up the monotony of empty sky and emptier dusty land. They don’t provide shade, they don’t provide shelter, and they certainly don’t provide food, but they sure are pretty to look at.

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[avatar user=”Harper Kingsley” align=”right” link=”http://harperkingsley.net/blog” target=”_blank”] I enjoyed some of the stories in this anthology more than others, but they all provided their points of interest. A solid collection of time travel stories that readers will enjoy. The only complaint I have? Some of them could have been longer 🙂

Find the Forbidden Future Anthology at Goodreads, Amazon.

From Diamond to Coal: Arc 01

NOVEL: From Diamond to Coal, by Sol Crafter [mm science fiction] – Chapter Nine

Title: From Diamond to Coal
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: science fiction, mm romance
Rating: teen+

Summary: William Neeley is a genius. At the age of 15 he started Cyber Angel Industries and has since completely changed the face of the modern world. From personal shielding technology to enhanced musculature to home electronics, William has a finger in every pie and is quickly becoming the world’s most wealthy individual.

He shares his life with his husband, Alan Trent, and their young son Morgan.

William always strives to maintain his image of “normal life,” though he is diverted at every turn. Whether he’s posing half-naked on billboards, creating massive death rays, or Alan is becoming the President of the United States, or Morgan has grown wings, or he’s accidentally torn a rip in the space time continuum… he will always say that his life is nothing but normal.

Welcome to his world.


CHAPTER NINE

The car pulled up in front of the brownstone and William barely waited for the door to be opened all the way before leaping out. He didn’t really want to go inside, but a big part of him insisted that it was better to just get the horror over with than to let himself linger in misery.

“So they’re already waiting for us inside?” he asked Byron Hughes.

The bodyguard shrugged. “Looks like. O’Rielly says the police are very insistent on talking to you.” He slammed the car door shut behind Alan and walked with them across the sidewalk to the front door. “The detectives I dealt with seemed pretty good and they made it really easy, but I don’t know if they’re who you will be answering to.”

William patted Byron’s broad shoulder. “It’s all right. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we’ll be able to get on with the rest of our lives.”

“Why do I feel as though I’m dealing with some kind of pod person?” Alan asked.

William grinned at him, and it was only a little fake. “You did fall asleep on the plane. Maybe that’s when I was replaced.”

“Way to give me nightmares.” Alan mock-shuddered. “I think I saw this movie once and Nicole Kidman ended up shooting James Bond in the leg.”

William gave him a disbelieving look. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, though I find your aggressive nerdiness oddly adorable.” Continue reading

NOVEL: From Diamond to Coal, by Sol Crafter [mm science fiction] – Chapter Eight

Title: From Diamond to Coal
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: science fiction, mm romance
Rating: teen+

Summary: William Neeley is a genius. At the age of 15 he started Cyber Angel Industries and has since completely changed the face of the modern world. From personal shielding technology to enhanced musculature to home electronics, William has a finger in every pie and is quickly becoming the world’s most wealthy individual.

He shares his life with his husband, Alan Trent, and their young son Morgan.

William always strives to maintain his image of “normal life,” though he is diverted at every turn. Whether he’s posing half-naked on billboards, creating massive death rays, or Alan is becoming the President of the United States, or Morgan has grown wings, or he’s accidentally torn a rip in the space time continuum… he will always say that his life is nothing but normal.

Welcome to his world.
Continue reading

NOVEL: From Diamond to Coal, by Sol Crafter [mm science fiction] – Chapter Seven

Title: From Diamond to Coal
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: science fiction, mm romance
Rating: teen+

Summary: William Neeley is a genius. At the age of 15 he started Cyber Angel Industries and has since completely changed the face of the modern world. From personal shielding technology to enhanced musculature to home electronics, William has a finger in every pie and is quickly becoming the world’s most wealthy individual.

He shares his life with his husband, Alan Trent, and their young son Morgan.

William always strives to maintain his image of “normal life,” though he is diverted at every turn. Whether he’s posing half-naked on billboards, creating massive death rays, or Alan is becoming the President of the United States, or Morgan has grown wings, or he’s accidentally torn a rip in the space time continuum… he will always say that his life is nothing but normal.

Welcome to his world.
Continue reading

NOVEL: From Diamond to Coal, by Sol Crafter [mm science fiction] – Chapter Six

Title: From Diamond to Coal
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: science fiction, mm romance
Rating: teen+

Summary: William Neeley is a genius. At the age of 15 he started Cyber Angel Industries and has since completely changed the face of the modern world. From personal shielding technology to enhanced musculature to home electronics, William has a finger in every pie and is quickly becoming the world’s most wealthy individual.

He shares his life with his husband, Alan Trent, and their young son Morgan.

William always strives to maintain his image of “normal life,” though he is diverted at every turn. Whether he’s posing half-naked on billboards, creating massive death rays, or Alan is becoming the President of the United States, or Morgan has grown wings, or he’s accidentally torn a rip in the space time continuum… he will always say that his life is nothing but normal.

Welcome to his world.
Continue reading

NOVEL: From Diamond to Coal, by Sol Crafter [mm science fiction] – Chapter Five

Title: From Diamond to Coal
Author: Sol Crafter
Genre: science fiction, mm romance
Rating: teen+

Summary: William Neeley is a genius. At the age of 15 he started Cyber Angel Industries and has since completely changed the face of the modern world. From personal shielding technology to enhanced musculature to home electronics, William has a finger in every pie and is quickly becoming the world’s most wealthy individual.

He shares his life with his husband, Alan Trent, and their young son Morgan.

William always strives to maintain his image of “normal life,” though he is diverted at every turn. Whether he’s posing half-naked on billboards, creating massive death rays, or Alan is becoming the President of the United States, or Morgan has grown wings, or he’s accidentally torn a rip in the space time continuum… he will always say that his life is nothing but normal.

Welcome to his world.
Continue reading