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Science Fiction Featured Book: Embrace by T.D. Wilson #RT @TDWilson3


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Embrace by T.D. Wilson

Publisher: Carina Press

Series: The Epherium Chronicles

Genres: Science Fiction, Science Fiction Space Opera

Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists’ footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world—to be something greater.

Then came the war…

Hope. During years of vicious conflict with an insectoid alien race, it was nearly lost. Though Earth has slowly rebuilt in the six years since the war, overcrowding and an unstable sun have made life increasingly inhospitable. When mysterious signals from the nearly forgotten colony ships are received, Hood is ordered to embark on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Could humanity’s future sit among the stars?

Hope. Hood needs it now more than ever. As secrets about the original colonists are revealed and the Epherium Corporation’s dark agenda is exposed, new adversaries threaten the mission, proving more dangerous to Earth than their already formidable foes…

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T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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Science Fiction Book: Crucible (The Epherium Chronicles #2) by T.D. Wilson @TDWilson3 ~ Carina Press


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Genres:  Science Fiction – Space Opera, Military

Publisher: Carina Press, Harlequin Ltd.

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Book Two of The Epherium Chronicles

January, 2155
Earth Defense Forces Captain James Hood is on the mission of his life. The Cygni solar system is just one space-fold jump away. One more jump and they’ll have reached the fledgling colony that Earth desperately needs if the human race is going to survive. But a plot to derail him has already damaged his ship, threatened the lives of his crew and cost him time. Time the colonists might not have.
So much depends on him now, but Hood’s confidence is shaken. It’s self-doubt he thought he’d buried, a brutal mind-killer for all military commanders. Yet danger surrounds his team; a brutal insectoid alien race is still out there, intent on eradicating humans, and a greater threat from an unknown, elusive enemy has emerged.
The forces at work on Cygni are like nothing Hood has trained for, tactically or emotionally. When put to the test, he must choose to either trust the unlikeliest of allies, or run and seal the fate of the Cygni colony forever.

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The Epherium Chronicles: Crucible
By T.D. Wilson
Carina Press, Harlequin Ltd.

Chapter 1
EDF Armstrong
Deep Space Route to Cygni
Sunday, January 26
Earth Year 2155
Captain’s Log, Sunday, January 26, 2125, EDF Armstrong, James Hood commanding. Three days. Probably the longest three days of my career. Three days stuck licking our wounds from a near disaster I didn’t see coming, but through profound actions from our crew, we managed to survive.
It’s been a little more than a week since we left Mars Station en route to the first of at least two new fledgling colonies. Our trek following the path of the colony ship Magellan to the Cygni system has already seen its fair share of setbacks. An attack on the Epherium Corporation’s temporary office on board—the very company that developed and launched the massive colony ships—has catapulted us into a full-blown conspiracy. It seems one of my officers, Lieutenant Commander Walsh, is involved and the potential assailant. Early on, the evidence centered on our best fighter pilot, Lieutenant Krieg. He was framed for the attack at first but has since been exonerated. Afterward, Walsh, along with the help of some unknown force flying a prototype stealth frigate, managed to move our jump beacon into an asteroid field and caused significant damage to this ship. I believe the entire situation was created to facilitate his escape.
The motive for this whole sequence of events appears to be linked to two sets of personnel data. The first list contains records of individuals who had been experimented on in development and in actual flight with Epherium’s Embrace sleeper cell technology. Most of their testing was related to brain activity reinforcement and memory or knowledge enhancements, but there is a darker side to their experiments. One of their scientists discovered a way to use the Embrace units to rewrite a person’s entire personality, and even though Epherium shelved that piece, Epherium unearthed it to reprogram convicted criminals aboard the Magellan and the other colony ships. The revelation by Henry McCraken, the head of the Epherium Corporation’s contingent on board this ship, about the use of the technology is troubling enough. According to my chief security officer, Lieutenant Greywalker, some of the criminals were among the worst of their time. If we arrive at Cygni and this personality replacement has failed, we could be in for a very rude reception.
Our Epherium troubles aside, I’ve kept the crew’s focus on repairs. I know the incident in the asteroid field has cost us valuable time, but our repairs are almost complete. The gunship Percival took the worst of the damage during the first collision with one of the asteroids, but we’ve managed to get her back to 80 percent operational status. Repair crews had to cut her away from our hull, which has caused considerable delay getting us back under way. Two of her gun arrays were destroyed and she suffered a large hull rupture. The damage to the ship was
compounded with the deaths of two of her gunnery crews and the fact that her captain, Will Alford, is still in a coma. While we have more arrays to replace the ones lost on the Percival, it will take more time to finish installing them. I think it’s more important to reach Cygni now at our current strength and continue repairs there.
The stealth frigate we encountered has caused quite a stir back at HQ and with the companies involved in its design. Greer Technologies and Epherium have both denied any involvement in the further development of the ship. The original prototype is still in pieces and its parts were distributed between the two companies. There has been no trace of any information leak of the classified design, nor have there been any sightings or intelligence provided outside of our own. All EDF commands have been alerted to be on the lookout for Walsh and this vessel, but I’m positive both will avoid contact with any outposts for some time.
For now, she’s still out there, but we must press on to Cygni. The delay for repairs has caused us to lose precious time, borrowed as it may be already for the colonists, even the ones with new personalities. I understand the position McCraken was trying to defend for his company, but lifetime-sentenced criminals or not, a death of self cannot be decided with a simple wave of a pen. Due process and all alternatives should have been considered. Now that the program’s existence is known to at least EDF Command, I don’t envy the Epherium executives right now. The problem remaining is how to rectify the matter and not show the EDF as complicit in what transpired.


About the Author:

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T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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Science Fiction Feature and Interview: Intervention: The Observer Series #2 by Philip G Henley @Philip_G_Henley


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The continuing story of Cathy Rodriguez – a Senior Observer in the Interplanetary Geographic Service.
Cathy is recalled from her Observer duties as she is asked to establish first contact with a new life form. Meanwhile the Conspiracy to prevent humans changing their non-Intervention policy continues to try and kill her. Together with Marta De Jaste, a Senior Investigator, and Tony Briggs her former jailer and security officer, they travel to the chosen planet.

On the planet Tullymeade, Karloon Niesta, a disgraced scientific observer, detects a strange anomaly. A discovery that will change his planet forever.

In deep space two groups of survivors try and recover from their battle in orbit above the planet Freevur.

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“Stars Ix! Get us out of this mess!”

“Manoeuvring.”

“Then manoeuvre faster.” Cathy’s pulse was pounding, her breath was only coming in short bursts.

“Acknowledged.” Ix sounded surly and a bit busy, not surprising given the number of alerts Cathy could see on the VidCom screens and via her implants. Not since she had been attacked near the planet XisHytherm, had she had to deal with so many warnings of imminent danger.  Unlike then, this was not other ships attacking but system debris.

Another alert blared into her head, direct from her implants accompanied by the trembling of the entire ship. The Theta-Carmalite, had been her home for nearly seven years. Now it was in real danger of being destroyed and her with it. Ix, her Artificial Intelligence system, was busy trying to adjust their position away from some of the high velocity impacts onto the ships hull. Cathy was suddenly weightless, another failed system she saw with an alert and an interrogation of the data. Ix navigated a particularly difficult change of position as screens swam in front of her eyes. They were displayed from her implants matching the swirl she could see on the cockpit’s physical displays.

There was another judder on the ships hull that she reverberated right into the command console’s seat. Her implants told her that damage had occurred to part of the second deck about two-thirds along the ship’s length. There was immediate Bot activity to go and hopefully, fix whatever breaches might have occurred. She could smell ozone and a faint whiff of burning plastic, before the air filtration system cleaned the fumes. She checked another system readout. There was no time to don her immersive suit. She would have to go to one of the stores to get it. No, she was either going to survive in this seat or be killed by another impact. She casually noticed the defensive lasers were continually firing at larger inbound debris.

G-Force or 6D suddenly returned and rapidly increased, pinning her down into the command seat. The scale read six point three on her internal implant and her body monitoring system started to flash red.

 


About the Author:

Philip G Henley spent nearly eighteen years in the Royal Air Force before entering the civilian corporate world. He specialised in IT and then Programmes and Projects before most recently working as an IT Director for a large UK Service Company. He has been publishing for a couple of years with a mix of genres.

Philip lives with his wife Lisa, and their two adult children, in Hampshire in the UK.

For all these and other projects please see www.phenweb.wordpress.com.

Philip likes getting reviews, good, preferably, but he is grateful to anyone who takes the time to read and then comment about his stories.

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Interview:

When did you start to have a love for books?

Since I was a small child I have always loved reading.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?

The hobbit and then in teenage years I progressed onto Sci-Fi but Catch 22 stunned me from 15 onwards and still does.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

An enforced break from work.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

Frustration with some books I wanted to tell the story my way.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

They are all different and my mood for liking them varies day to day.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

I hope Cathy in The Observer Series both Part One The World of Fives and this late release, but most readers like Gary from my book To The Survivors.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

Number one in Spy Thrillers on Amazon for two days but actually having my first book in my hand.

What can readers expect from you next?

Third and final part of my spy trilogy , some short stories and – whatever and wherever the mood takes me.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

I write cross genre so spy thrillers, dystopian disaster, ski-fi, slightly paranormal, and a contemporary romance.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?

Catch 22 remains my favourite book closely followed by Hitch Hikers Guide. Movies and TV too numerous to mention again very mood dependent.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?

Douglas Adams – Is Marbin really paranoid?

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Too much work not enough writing.

What is your favorite place to visit?

London Theatre or a warm sunny beach.

What words do you live by?

I write because I have to.

 

Thanks for the awesome interview, Philip!