The Daimones Trilogy,Volume 1
by Massimo Marino
Genre: Science Fiction
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Murder, genocide, the Apocalypse.
Explore the future of humanity in Massimo Marino's sci-fi debut, Daimones, an apocalyptic tale that feels like it could happen tomorrow. You may never sleep through a windstorm again.
Nothing could have prepared them for the last day. Death swept away the lives of billions, but spared Dan Amenta and his family, leading them to an uncertain future. When merely surviving isn't enough and the hunt for answers begins, memories from the past and troubling encounters lead Dan to the truth about the extermination of the human race. Distressing revelations will give new meaning to their very existence.
Early humans shaped the future and seeded a plan millions of years in the making. Now survivors must choose: Endure a future with no past or fade away into a past with no future?
The rebirth of the race of man is closely watched, and the Selected, the transgenic humans created by the Moîrai, guide and care for the wellbeing of the remaining humans in their various Communities around the planet.
Peace and security are suddenly shattered with acts of sabotage disrupting the fragile equilibrium of the growing society. Betrayal, fear, and a cosmic conspiracy risk sending the planet to the brink of self-destruction. Will Dan Amenta be able to come to terms with the logic of alien minds? Who is behind the sabotage and why?
Death and blind violence walk in the secret alleys and in the depths of the planet, from the coldest lands to the bottom of the oceans; someone is at work with an evil agenda dictated by greed and lust for power. Ancient aliens, a galactic struggle, the control of a unique resource, meld to dictate the fate of humankind.
The dogs had been slaughtered. Not a quick death either...no pity or mercy for their suffering. They did not waste a bullet for our companions; a large machete-like blade had slashed through their bodies. The guts of the male left a trace as he tried to drag himself away from the killing rage. A barbaric act, and probably a message for us. I looked at Laura with a muted question.
“I wanted you to see the place as we found it,” Laura said. “I left the two guys here, as a precaution, but instructed them not to touch anything.”
Laura gestured to our escort and the group scattered around the perimeter.
The barn was open and many animals were missing. Those still there—and their entrails—covered the floor. The walls were splattered, giving the impression concrete bled, too. A stench of gas and death assailed me.
The Rise of the Phoenix
The Daimones Trilogy, Volume 3
War is inevitable, and the human race sets out to finally deliver retribution.
An alien colonization has altered the destiny of the human race forever. After wiping out billions of people, the race known as the Moîrai created a new, transgenic species of humans called the Selected -- giving them both the gift and burden of longevity and memories of human history on another world.
The aliens charged the Selected with the responsibility of caring for "the spared ones," unaltered humans who survived the global catastrophe. That includes Dan Amenta's daughter Hope, the only spared one who remains.
Together, Dan and Hope have witnessed Earth transform into a different world, where a powerful new neurological drug sparks the rapid evolution of the Selected, but Hope is nearing death. Once she's gone, obligations die with her, and the path is clear for a chain of events destined to rip apart the foundations of the galaxy.
My daughter, the wrinkled and dying woman lying in front of me, was the oldest-looking human on the entire planet. Yet, to the rest of the world, she was leaving us the youngest, as the new humans her age looked like they’d just passed puberty.
The med-unit hummed solemnly. Hope felt my presence and opened her eyes, a tired look but the same as her mother’s, Laura.
She didn’t have much hair anymore, and it had long since lost its ebony beauty. My heart shrunk in pain. How many times had I watched the people I loved the most leave me? It hurt more each time; there’s no drill and no training to teach one’s heart how to bear the loss of another. My heart grew colder and harder with each death.
“Dad.” Hope greeted me with a broken voice.
I thought I would have been strong, that the Palladium made me stronger. How wrong I was. I’d already lost my wife Mary, and Laura, then my first daughter, Annah, and now Hope’s life was vanishing before me and I couldn’t do anything about it. With all my resilience, strength, and inhuman capabilities, there I was...a broken father watching his little girl dying. What a cruel destiny the Moîrai had imposed on us Selected.
“How are you?”
“I’m tired.” She sighed. “But I’m ready.”
I took a deep breath and walked up to her. Unable to say anything, I stepped to her bedside and took that bony hand.
She smiled. “Your hand is warm, and I’m so cold...”
My eyes looked for the nurse. “I’ll tell the doctors to raise the temperature.”
Hope shook her head. “Inside...”
At those words, my eyes filled with tears. “Darling...”
“Dad...” she whispered. “I want my bed.”
I managed to collect some air and sound calm. “You won’t last an hour in your bed, sweetie.”
“I know.” Hope let go a long sigh. “Would you do something for me?”
“Anything.” I looked at her, eager to do whatever she needed. My heart hung to her lips and I bent forward.
Her eyes mocked me. “I know where I am.”
Befuddled, I probed her mind. “How?” I started.
“Am I not your daughter?”
I blushed. “Hope, I didn’t want you to—” I glanced down as she squeezed my hand to interrupt me.
With an effort, she raised her head. “Shhhh. It’s okay, Dad. Let everyone watch if they need to, but let me watch everyone, too.”
My voice cracked. “You’ll never be forgotten.” My eyes held hers. “I love you so much.”
“I know, Dad.” Her hand squeezed mine again. “Please, let me see, let me start the new beginning.”
I didn’t know then, but those words put the seed of revenge in my heart and found fertile ground.
Booktrope Publishing LCC has published Massimo Marino's works up to June 2016 when Booktrope closed its business. Massimo is member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and a scientist envisioning science fiction.
He contributed to the experiments at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab, then accepted leading positions at Apple, Inc. and at the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of "Squares on Blue" -- a Big Data Analytics service company -- and of "BookGarage" -- a publishing services brokerage firm.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he's no smuggler. He went from smashing particles at the largest accelerators in the world, to smashing words on the most popular laptop in the world.
In 1963, Roy Kerr found that if a black hole is rotating it creates a space time singularity in the form of a ring, not a point, and that in principle a particle may be able to fall through the hole instead; the particle may not be lost forever. When this was published, black holes were not believed to exist and therefore the Kerr solution only really developed in the 1970s, after astronomers discovered what seem to be real black holes. - Hawking 1988 and John Gribbin Homepage
There’s no empirical proof that a wormhole can hold its promises, and a computer simulations run in 1998 raised doubts in that the simulation couldn’t find conditions to keep the wormhole stable, i.e., open.
Less than a year after Einstein had formulated his equations of the general theory, the Austrian Ludwig Flamm realised that a solution to Einstein’s equations described a wormhole connecting two regions of flat spacetime; two universes, or two parts of the same universe. Could, thus, these bridges be used for interstellar travels?
Indeed, Einstein himself, working at Princeton with Nathan Rosen in the 1930s, discovered that the equations represent a black hole as a bridge between two regions of flat space-time, the phenomenon known since then as the “Einstein-Rosen bridge”. Another property of black holes, ignored by everyone except very few top level mathematicians and physicists, is that a black hole always has two “ends”, a black one and a white one, the exit side into another (location of the) universe.
Another problem that the computer simulation revealed is that in order to traverse an Einstein-Rosen bridge from one universe to the other, a traveller would have to move faster than light at some stage of the journey, and that would violate one Einstein himself, unless…
Two researchers at CalTec, Yurtsever and Thorne, found that the equations dictate that in order for an artificial wormhole to be held open, its throat must be threaded by some form of matter, or some form of field, that exerts negative pressure, and antigravity associated with it.
Richard F. Holman, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon, explained this in an interview with Scientific American. In order to stabilise wormholes opening, quantum fluctuations in various fields might be able to just do that. And the work of many others on the behaviour of quantized fields demonstrated that quantum field effects could indeed hold open a macroscopic wormhole.
Large enough to have a spaceship travel through? It depends; it depends on the amount of energy achievable to create the bridge.
And this closes the loop, as a rotating Kerr black hole might actually be the source.
A vision from 1933 brought the Daimones to visit, study, and decide about the future of the race of men.
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