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Apr 13, 2012

Sneaky Sunday: Year 18: The Schism (Pearseus) by @Nicholas_Rossis #RaveReviewsBC

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  1:05 PM

Science Fiction

Year one

“The sole goal of schooling is to teach them simple arithmetic,
nothing above the number 500, writing one’s name
and the doctrine that it is divine law to obey the Germans…
I don’t think that reading is desirable.”

Heinrich Himmler on the four years of elementary school,
which was to be the only education of the Reich’s new subjects

 December 31, 2099 AD, UES Pearseus
First came the alarm. Seconds later, the first explosion. It ripped through UES Pearseus, bearing an eerie resemblance to ripples caused by a pebble breaking the surface of a still lake. It made its way along the ship’s axis in confident, devastating waves that disfigured its elegant form and dismembered its hull, sending twisted pieces of flesh and metal to impregnate the void.
Luckily for Second Engineer Lucas Rivera, the main engine in the ship’s bowels exploded seconds before he entered the engine room. A moment later and he would have been vaporised by the explosion or sucked into space. Instead, the violent shock threw him onto the floor. He watched with horror the entire section in front of him disintegrate. The pressure sucked his friends out of the ship one after another, their mouths open in silent screams, their faces masks of agony.
Stop him! cried a crystalline voice in his head. 
Lucas woke up with a jolt, covered in thick globs of sweat.  He lay on the bed panting for a few minutes, then jumped to his feet and walked towards the small sink in the back of his cabin.  He splashed some water on his face in a vain attempt to wash the nausea away and leaned against the sink for a while, head bowed, breath slowly returning to normal.  For a moment he considered heading back to bed, then decided against it.  Perhaps the bar would be a better choice.  The nightmare had left a nasty taste in his mouth; he needed a drink.  And to see some people, even the kind of people on UES Pearseus.  After all, it was New Year’s Eve.
The ship itself hardly qualified as the most beautiful vessel.  It owed its unusual name to its pear-shaped body, the extra girth necessary in order to accommodate its FTL drive.  These recently developed engines bent space around the vessel, allowing it to cover vast distances in the blink of an eye.  Of course, this would not be necessary on this occasion.  Their destination was the heliopause, and the ship had almost reached it.
There were over five thousand people on board, if one included both crew and the extraordinary menagerie of people crazy enough to spend New Year’s Eve on a spaceship and wealthy enough to afford it.  Since the space cruise had been advertised as the place to be, with the new century dawning that very night, the world's most successful businessmen, politicians, actors and celebrities filled the ship.  They all looked forward to the party of a lifetime on the edge of the solar system.
He stepped onto the narrow corridor and grinned a polite smile to a couple walking towards him.  He took a deep breath; the corridor smelled of alcohol.  The man tripped, and Lucas recognised a former President.  His escort, a beautiful young blond half his age, held him steady.  They both giggled as a bodyguard pushed Lucas aside.  He stumbled, yet felt no resentment, his mind stuck at the explosion in his dream.  Stop him.  Stop whom?  He could not shake the feeling something was wrong.  My place is at the engine room; not the bar.  He looked back at the people heading away from him and spun around, picking up his pace. Read the rest of the chapter....

Get your copy of the prequel that reached #1 on Amazon, described as "Game of Thrones meets Dune"

Do you like dark epic fantasy - with a sci-fi twist?  Then you'll love Year18: the Schism, that lays the back story to the Pearseus series that has reached #1 on Amazon.

>>> "A great introduction to a terrific tale!"

Those were not normal dreams, and they shaped the destiny of more than just the two men who fell under their influence. They shaped the fate of an entire civilization; the descendants of Earth's most prominent citizens.

>>> "Well written, interesting characters"

It's New Year's Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won't get to countdown seconds; soon they'll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship's crash landing on another planet. The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives' attitude towards earthlings. The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven't been able to shed are the shortcomings of their human nature. Will that be the sole threat to a unified future, or is the new land and its first inhabitants not as innocent as they look?

>>> "[It] raises the bar for both the reader and the genre as a whole"

This best-selling prequel to the Pearseus series is filled with surprising twists: A leader that falls prey to unseen forces. An unlikely hero who faces death for his convictions. Mysterious voices driving the survivors to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors. But who are their true ancestors? And how many voices are there?

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