by Stephen J. Carter
Zero Point Light Series, Book Two
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The environmental stilling on the planet of Nebura escalates, threatening to advance even beyond the world-girding storm ring. Meanwhile, Levrok’s plan to arm a resurgent Siqdori Empire with a tulvar arsenal nears completion, and his departure off-world is imminent. Two survivors’ groups join forces as events spiral out of control.
“NEW SIQDOR” is the 2nd book in the “Zero Point Light” SF series, and delivers a thrill ride of untold mayhem, hair-raising escapes, space colonization gone awry, and a descent to the ocean floor and beyond!
Franklin had worked all night in lab stasis. He had meticulously separated and adapted the quantity of dry mist he had gathered back on the ridge weeks earlier, which now rested in a vial in the fiber alloy case. He lowered the lid.
Marnie’s innocent comment had triggered the memory, and a potential solution to the strangely afflicted lightspheres had slipped neatly into place. He could scarcely believe he had missed it.
He had also stored the CTT vaccine in their compartment in the lab, ready for subdermal injection if the need arose. He was tired, but set off for the bridge to watch the dawn. He was surprised how relieved he felt to be out from under the sheet.
He was mildly shocked by what he saw in the bridge holofield. Grey Lady was making her way, on the surface still, up a narrow isthmus towards a complex of low buildings on a ridge.
“Where are we?”
Thomas glanced at him. “It’s listed on the maps as some sort of military base.”
“A Kalaal base, must be,” Franklin said.
“It’s only about ten miles to the north pole from here. Is that close enough?”
“To deploy your satellite.” Thomas looked up. “Are you okay, professor?”
“The satellite, of course,” Franklin laughed softly. “Yes, I’m feeling better than I have in weeks.”
Thomas was quietly amazed that their oldest crewmember had brought them so far, had accomplished so much.
“Where will you dock?” Franklin asked.
“There’s a submersible entrance nearby. I was just about to dive, in fact.”
“Don’t let me distract you. The others?”
“Down in the forward hatch ready room.”
“Thomas, any idea where on Polarica this other base might be?”
Thomas nodded. “We talked about that last night.” He tapped the screen that filled much of the surface of his station. “There’s another base, much larger, on the far side of Polarica. We figure he’s set up shop there.”
“Good. I didn’t really plan ahead on this,” Franklin said with a smile. “Levrok completely slipped my mind.”
“He thinks he destroyed us – back in Oceangate.”
Stephen J. Carter is a Canadian writer living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He completed a PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto in 1997. This led to an 8-year period of teaching at universities in South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. In 2006 he settled in northern Thailand, and began writing fiction full-time in 2007.
In his early years he made several short-term forays into film and video production while involved full-time in academia. Along the way he tried his hand at writing non-fiction in and out of academia, and 8 years ago finally committed full-time to writing fiction.
For Stephen there is something about this northern Thai city that makes it a perfect place to write. His preferred genres to date have been horror and science fiction. On the one hand, he sets his horror novels in Thailand because Thais have such vivid customs that touch the supernatural. On the other hand, disheartened by the cultural Marxism that dominates social discourse now in the West, he feels drawn to writing science fiction for the rational optimism over possible futures it affords. Approaching SF formerly as pure escapism, he finds in it now a source of hope and forward thinking that can be very inspiring.
Stephen looks forward to writing several more novels in his two current series, Zero Point Light and Z Inferno.
Stephen will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner, and a Digital copy of New Siqdor from Amazon to another randomly drawn winner; both prizes via Rafflecopter during the tour.