2201 AD. This is the dawn of a new age for humanity. Yet humankind is not aware of what awaits it.
It is not aware of the child, delivered to safety, his only fragile protection the dark warning: keep him secret, or he will die.
It does not recognise the flaw in humanity’s balancing act, competing with Artificial Intelligences
by merging with technology.
It does not understand that when we finally conquer the light-speed barrier, our momentous achievement would be noticed.
It did not know that something is out there, watching, and waiting…
Targeted Age Group:: Young adult to adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew bored with the science fiction I was reading. So I simply wrote the book I wanted to read. I had and still have a tonne of ideas about what the future may hold. I bundled all of that into a predictive science fiction adventure. People seem to be enjoying it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters come from a mixture of people I know, famous people I admire, and also aspects of myself from different stages of my development. However, another important aspect of the characters is how their personalities are developed from the necessities and difficulties in the stories. How they react, and change, is an important part of this and any story.
Adam waited before he went to bed. According to news reports, the Polis would be passing overhead early in the night, its orbit the closest to the Earth yet, clearly visible to the un-enhanced eye.
He sat on the window-ledge of his room, his right side in the warmth, his left half out. The moonlight cast a silvery sheen across his form, one leg casually hanging out over the drop below, making him look like the fisherman in the moon – only, peering upwards.
The energy-efficient street lamps did not cast much skylight, and on this cloudless night, the view of the sky peppered with stars was un-occluded, obstructed only by atmosphere, giving a shimmer to the stars that only added to the primordial impression of glittering jewels.
He waited, quietly, patiently, eyes keen, mind relaxed.
And there it was.
The Polis sailed overhead, face down, near enough to see light on the surface, a city in the sky, so close that it seemed as though it was going to fall to earth as it approached. It reminded Adam of footage of the view from flights over a city at night, the fragile lights collected together – and the darkness that surrounds them. It cruised above massively, beautifully, silently – casually dangerous.
All too soon, it had passed overhead, and was gone.
Adam went back inside, closed the window against the chill air, and turned the heating up. He sat down for one last glance at the news reports, switching on the TV, flicking through the channels, flicking…flicking…flicking… catching snippets here, sound bites there, the Aliens, the giant ship, the possibilities, the opportunities – the threat.
The threat? Interesting. Time for bed.
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